Erin Andrews re-signs with Fox but leaves network’s MLB coverage
Erin Andrews has re-signed with Fox Sports for multiple years but her new deal comes with a big change: She will no longer be part of the network’s MLB coverage.
The network confirmed to SI.com that Andrews will focus solely on the NFL moving forward.
“We are thrilled that Erin will continue as our lead sideline reporter on the NFL on FOX’s ‘A-Team’ including our upcoming coverage of Super Bowl LI,” said John Entz, the network’s president of production. “We appreciate Erin’s great contributions to our MLB coverage. With her commitments beyond Fox Sports, we fully support Erin’s decision to focus her role here at FOX on the NFL.”
Andrews was initially hired by Fox Sports in July 2012 to host its signature college football studio show (Fox College Saturday), as well as have roles in its MLB postseason coverage and select NFL and NASCAR coverage. Given the impossible charter of competing against College GameDay, Fox College Saturday was pummeled in the ratings and Andrews soon moved away from college football. Fox Sports management eventually bumped her up to the No. 1 NFL sideline reporter role for the network’s top broadcast team—Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, producer Richie Zyontz and director Rich Russo. Andrews also retained a high-profile role on Fox’s MLB coverage, including the World Series, where she served as a field reporter and host of the on-field trophy presentation. That assignment has now concluded.
Along with her Fox Sports work, Andrews has served as a co-host of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars since 2014.
Fox’s MLB World Series team has now changed dramatically since last year. Last year’s booth of Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci—with Andrews and Ken Rosenthal in the dugouts—has shifted to Buck and John Smoltz as the lead team, with Rosenthal and Verducci likely to work the dugouts.