Fox Sports Lures Erin Andrews Away From ESPN

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ESPN’s talent exodus continues.  Not long after SportsNation co-host Michelle Beadle bolted for NBC, Erin Andrews is leaving to join rival Fox Sports.

Part of her deal involves a half-hour primetime college football show, to premiere Sept. 1 before Hawaii vs. USC. Andrews joins Beadle, Jim Rome, Pat Forde and Brian Kenny as talent who have left the sports network in recent months.

Andrews told Sports Illustrated she will participate in NFL and MLB coverage, but didn’t give specifics on her role. Fox Sports will begin televising college football this season, so an investment in Andrews makes sense. She’s earned celebrity status through ventures such as Dancing With the Stars. She had a role in the recent Adam Sandler comedy “That’s My Boy” and has appeared on Entertainment Tonight.

Fox Sports is beginning regular season college football coverage and spending accordingly. In addition to Andrews, Fox has hired energetic play-by-play man Gus Johnson to call games. Fox’s timing couldn’t be better. After years of complaints from coaches, fans and even President Obama, the NCAA has come up with a college football playoff. It will begin in 2014 and run through 2025, potentially making the already lucrative rights to NCAA football even more valuable.

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