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Atlantan Erin Andrews looks to be staying put at ESPN

DWTS-Erin-AndrewsUSA Today reports that Atlantan Erin Andrews may be staying put at ESPN. Her current contract is set to expire July 1.

“We hope to have a deal signed soon,” ESPN executive vice president Norby Williamson told USA Today.

What her new duties may be is unclear. She has been a court-side sports reporter for several years. Many people (especially those who don’ t watch ESPN) got to know her last year thanks to a stalker who posted nude video of her through hotel peepholes. She finished third on “Dancing With the Stars” this past spring.

Andrews recently told USA Today she had been inundated with offers since her DWTS stint and was considering leaving ESPN for other opportunities.

NOTE: I had used the phrase in a graf above saying “her profile was raised thanks to a stalker” and some construed that as insensitive (including my wife) because it implies a deliberate positive when it wasn’t. So I changed it to a more innocuous phrasing.

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lydib

June 29th, 2010
5:55 pm

Rodney saying someone’s success could be attributed to something akin to sexual assault is not only insensitive, it is socially and journalisticly irresponsible.

rub one off Richt and then lose another game

June 29th, 2010
5:56 pm

Erin is Awsome – go gators…

eafan

June 29th, 2010
5:58 pm

rodney is correct. her profile was raised when the videos were posted.

AK

June 29th, 2010
5:59 pm

I could easily rub one out thinking of her on the sidelines.

Jim Tavegia

June 29th, 2010
6:02 pm

She needs to get out of sports and go dance her life away. I am so over women side line reporters. What they really know you could put inside a thimble.

Michael C

June 29th, 2010
6:03 pm

Rodney

June 29th, 2010
6:15 pm

Watching Erin Andrews report from court-side or the sideline is like listening to some made-for-T.V. boy/girl band (all smoke-n-mirrors). (Erin) “Coach Richt, what do you guys have to do better in the 2nd half to win the game”. (CMR) “Well Erin, we have to quit turning the ball over and score touchdowns when we get in the red zone”…..

DUH

Mel

June 29th, 2010
6:18 pm

I wonder how mothers feel about raising pigs?

gatorman770

June 29th, 2010
6:22 pm

She has more sports knowledge, due to intense study and research, than the majority of the other female sports reporters and probably a third of the males and OMG so much hotter! Go GatorGirl!
I’m sure Erin would be happy as hail to turn back the clock and have a tractor trailer hit the pervert before he could make his videos and not have the extra publicity!

Clint

June 29th, 2010
6:22 pm

I guess she figured out that if she left ESPN, nobody would care about her once the next batch of Dlisters join the next season of Dancing With The Stars. I always like when people come off reality shows and think they’ll be famous. They forget that the once the next season starts, they will be forgotten.

Wil

June 29th, 2010
6:25 pm

I’m sick of Erin Andrews.

SEC Fan

June 29th, 2010
6:25 pm

That was an incredibly insensitive thing to say about “her profile.”

How about saying something about the fact that she quickly carved a high profile place for herself while demonstrating her deep understanding off college football on the sidelines and just leave out that other stuff?

Not good, Mr. Ho. (Also, that hat makes you look like a dork.)

Rodney Ho

June 29th, 2010
6:28 pm

The fact is a lot more people knew who she was thanks to those videos and the media coverage related to it. That’s not a judgment call at all. That’s a fact.

SMITTYSTHEMAN

June 29th, 2010
6:29 pm

I agree with Rodney. Erin is smart, articulate and does her job well, and also seems to be a good person. But I’ve always felt that in a male-only sport such as NFL football, major league baseball, etc., the female reporters are only looked upon as eye candy. Is that fair? Probably not. But most die-hard guy fans of the NFL, MLB, etc. couldn’t care less what she or any other female reporter has to say, not just because she’s female, but because she has never experienced the game herself and really can’t relate other than asking the standard boring questions. Call me old school, but I think males should cover the male-dominated sports and females should cover and call the female sports such as women’s tennis, WNBA, etc. Is that too much to ask? And, no, I’m not a chauvinist.

Reid Adair

June 29th, 2010
6:49 pm

“The fact is a lot more people knew who she was thanks to those videos and the media coverage related to it. That’s not a judgment call at all. That’s a fact.”

What exactly is that “fact” based on? Your personal opinion?

Commonsenseagitator

June 29th, 2010
6:49 pm

Maybe they’ll start feeding her now, poor thing looks like she just left a pow camp

Dave

June 29th, 2010
6:52 pm

It all goes back to Phyllis George, who was on “NFL Today” over thirty years ago with Irv Cross, Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder and Brent Musberger. She paved the way with her passion for the sport and her capacity to report it . . . she also happened to be a former Miss America, just saying.

Rodney Ho

June 29th, 2010
6:52 pm

I know a lot of people who don’t watch sports and had no clue who she was until the publicity and her “Oprah” appearance. Given how much publicity she got, it’s an easy case to make more people knew who she was after it happened than before.

Highlander

June 29th, 2010
7:05 pm

Stick to your guns, Rodney (U.S. Supreme Court now says it’s okay, BTW)!

You are completely right. No matter how much the PC police want to spin it, the majority of America had never heard of her until the peeping tom story broke out nationally. THAT is a FACT, Reid Adair (6:49pm post).

And without that publicity (good or bad, no fault her own), the producers of DWTS would never have approached her. They signed her so they could ride on the trail of that publicity for their own show!

BD

June 29th, 2010
7:34 pm

This blog post contains incredibly poor writing. Keep up the good work, AJC.

literatedawg

June 29th, 2010
7:55 pm

yes, gatorman, I’m sure she’d be happy as “hail” to turn back the clock.

Ted Striker

June 29th, 2010
8:03 pm

I like Erin Andrews as a sideline/courtside reporter. She’s competent, knowledgeable, savvy, holds her own, and has been darn good at what she’s been doing for a living with ESPN.

That said, anyone who wants to put forth the belief that her profile hasn’t increased because of the (illegal and wrongful) invasion of her privacy is either burying their head in the sand or just plain wrong. There are numerous people — my parents included — who know who E.A. is, when they didn’t before.

I hope Erin Andrews continues as a viable role player for ESPN for years to come. However I also hope that she doesn’t misinterpret her showing on DWTS and Oprah as anything more than 15 minutes of fame for anyone who hasn’t already made it doing something else.

Rodney, you do a good job. Captain Striker gives you 2 thumbs up.

Bernie

June 29th, 2010
8:04 pm

Go GATOR GIRL….. still glad to have you on board at ESPN.You do a great professional job on your sport assignments. GO GATORS!

Subrational

June 29th, 2010
8:07 pm

Yep. I’d do her. Of course, she would not return the offer though. DOH!

mark lemke

June 29th, 2010
8:12 pm

lydib is a loser

jumbeauxtiger

June 29th, 2010
8:19 pm

Well said Ted.

What I have been impressed about with her is she was on the air shortly after the story broke. She held her dignity and continued working which had to be difficult.

That was a terrible thing that she had to go through and she has my respect for being strong under tough circumstances.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

LongtimeEducator

June 29th, 2010
8:33 pm

I’m sure all the guys at the College World Series have enjoyed having her on the sidelines!

rubone

June 29th, 2010
9:28 pm

Hey rubone, why don’t you have the defibrillator ready when Urbane Cryer has his vapor lock on the sidelines this season. Mabye Erin can blow him back to health.

curtis jones

June 29th, 2010
9:28 pm

Erin Andrews, September 2009: “I just want to do my job. I wish people would give me some space and privacy. (Tears) I don’t like being the center of attention.”

“Dancing with the Stars” producers, December 2009: “Erin, would you like to be on our show?”

Erin Andrews: “Absolutely! Can I show lots of skin?”

Thank God she’s staying with ESPN. There’s not another attractive female in the USA who could wear tight-fitting clothes and ask inane questions to coaches.

SuperB

June 29th, 2010
9:35 pm

No offense to Erin– but Tracy Wolfson is so much hotter!

Positive

June 29th, 2010
9:59 pm

Erin, you are intelligent & talented in more areas than most of these nay sayers. I am so impressed that you’ve overcome the repercussions of the creep who attacked you. I wish you well in whatever you elect to do next, if ESPN loses you it’ll be a sad day. You’re a quality person & a great representative of the South!

hugedawgfan

June 29th, 2010
10:07 pm

Did someone say Tracy Wolfson is hotter than Erin? Please. Glad to see she is staying with ESPN-like to hear her sideline reports during CFB season-no bad on the eyes also. Ask Les Miles if he prefers Erin or Tracy!

Bobby's Cox

June 30th, 2010
1:07 am

Erin is what she is.. Eye Candy only. She was horrible at TBS-(Hosting Baseball Pre-Game and Post Game Show)-She admitted as much. Her excuse-She had been covering hockey and knew nothing about baseball. Remember her referral to Solo Homers as “Holo Somers”. She was the butcher of highlight packages. Oh well, another season of mind numbing sideline questions with players and coaches alike, ogling her.Twitter me this twitter me that we’re all stuck with Erin and that is that..At least she doesn’t look like the ole’ Sports Babe.

Dandy Don

June 30th, 2010
1:59 am

Hook nose, nasal voice, dumb as a brick. Some hottie.

She's nottie a hottie

June 30th, 2010
3:54 am

Go to any LA Fitness in the metro and you will see at least 2 dozen girls hotter than Miss Andrews…geez…you guys need to get out more often see the world…

TP

June 30th, 2010
6:23 am

Bring back Jill Arrington to the side lines of college footbal!! She is using her “new found fame” to negotiate a better contract with ESPN. Let her go. She ain’t that good and there’s 100 other hotties who are more than ready to step in. Gators suck..

Dickey Rat

June 30th, 2010
8:03 pm

Did you know that in 1995, Disney was found to be paying its Black groundsworkers in Orlando 18% less than their White counterparts?? Who other than Disney (read: satan) would try to get away with this IN THE DEEP SOUTH, as late as 1995??

Reid Adair

June 30th, 2010
8:34 pm

“I know a lot of people who don’t watch sports and had no clue who she was until the publicity and her “Oprah” appearance. Given how much publicity she got, it’s an easy case to make more people knew who she was after it happened than before.”

That’s an assumption – not a fact.

Rodney Ho

June 30th, 2010
10:57 pm

Fair enough. Let’s say it is an assumption. But is it a terribly controversial assumption? She was a courtside reporter for ESPN, hardly noticeable before this controversy to anybody who doesn’t watch ESPN on a regular basis (which is at least half the population, or at least the population that watches “Oprah”). Once she became a victim, not only did guys who don’t watch ESPN seek out the video (for better or worse) but women who watch “Entertainment Tonight” and read gossip rags read about her situation. Then she landed on “Oprah,” seen by millions, all stemming from this stalker. Are you saying that it’s not true that more people know about her because of the stalker videos?

Reid Adair

June 30th, 2010
11:26 pm

I don’t disagree in the least that more people knew of her as a result of that. You said, “The fact is a lot more people knew who she was thanks to those videos and the media coverage related to it. That’s not a judgment call at all. That’s a fact.” It is indeed a judgment call, especially when you say “a lot more” which is quantified subjectively, at best.

To my knowledge there’s been no research done to show that five million, a million, 100,000 or even 100 people said, “I never knew of Erin Andrews before I heard about the stalker video.” Without such, it’s an assumption. It’s not “a terribly controversial assumption,” but it’s an assumption nonetheless.

But, hey. You want to call it “fact,” and you’re the writer. I’m just the reader.

Rodney Ho

June 30th, 2010
11:29 pm

I should have written then, “It’s fair to assume more people know who Erin Andrews is thanks to the stalker videos.” Fair enough?

petertinkham

July 1st, 2010
6:59 am

I wonder if ABC owns ESPN?

Jim Ragan

July 1st, 2010
4:00 pm

Jill Arrington was great as a sideline reporter for CBS College Football and wouldn’t mind having her back there, either.