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Erin Andrews Leaves ESPN, Draws Interest from Fox Sports

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 03:  Sideline reporter Erin Andrews during a game between the Oregon Ducks and the LSU Tigers at Cowboys Stadium on September 3, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJune 29, 2012

Erin Andrews will no longer dominate sidelines for ESPN. Andrews' contract with ESPN is up at the end of June, and it seems she will be taking her reporting skills elsewhere.

Word was reported how it normally is nowadays—by Twitter. Mike Soltys, public relations official for ESPN, reported via Twitter the following:

Erin Andrews leaving ESPN. She did great work for us & we made an aggressive offer to keep her. We wish her the best on her next chapter.

— Mike Soltys (@espnmikes) June 29, 2012

Now is not the time to start worrying about Andrews, because it seems she can still garner quite the interest, far outside the walls of ESPN. 

Richard Deitsch of SI.com reports Andrews is sparking interest from Fox Sports as the network continues to widen their coverage in the realm of college football. 

The sideline superstar saw her popularity wane recently as other network personalities rose in prominence. 

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 20:  TV personality Erin Andrews presents an award during the 2012 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas on June 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
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ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 11:  ESPN sideline report Erin Andrews conducts on on camera report against the Florida State Seminoles during the Final Game of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Conference Tournament at Philips Arena on March 11, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia
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As Michelle Beadle left for the NBC family of networks, the thought would be Andrews stepping forward in a far more visible position with the network. 

That wasn't the case, and the 34-year-old beauty will now test the open market (if she doesn't already have a deal in hand). 

SI's Deitsch tried to get in touch with Andrews' camp prior to ESPN's announcement, but he was turned away by a representative who merely stated, "Erin remains under contract with ESPN."

Now that this isn't the case, we await definitive word as to the next stop for the once tremendously popular sideline reporter. 

We will only work off rumor and innuendo at the moment, but it seems Fox Sports would be a great landing spot, especially if she can glean more exposure at the rival network. 

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers waits as Erin Andrews finishes her interview with head coach Gene Chizik after their 27-24 overtime win over the Clemson Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18, 2010 in
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Of course, the odd part in the report is SI maintains the offer is, "regarding a major role in Fox's college football coverage."

I don't see the switch being all that enticing if it will be more of the same, and pigeonhole one of the most popular personalities back to the sidelines. 

If this is a hosting gig, it could be far more useful to Andrews, who has been more of a backstory in recent months, especially as Michelle Beadle rose to prominence at ESPN. 

There is no telling what exactly broke down in negotiations with ESPN, or if this was more about a deal from another network, like Fox Sports, being far more enticing. 

The only thing we know for certain is the most visible personality to work the sidelines at ESPN will feature with another network.  

 

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