Erin Andrews – Puts Sexy Into Sportscasting
Looks like the sports world is taking a new approach to tackling sideline reporting. When Playboy runs online polls for “Sexiest Sportscaster,” and ESPN roster talent Erin Andrews is bestowed the sexy title, a new day in sports has arrived. I introduce to you Erin Andrews, a self-professed sports junky. Although this blonde bombshell didn’t participate in any particular sport per-say she grew up on the couch next to her dad an avid sports fan watching the Red Sox, Celtics and any-other sport in season. Who knew that father-daughter bonding time would prepare her for one on one’s with some of the most exciting athletes known in sports today.
Andrews graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and returned to Tampa to intern for a local television station where her father currently works as an investigative reporter. Apparently a love for sports isn’t the only passion Erin inherited from dad. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out she’d definitely draw viewers to what was probably the worst team in the NHL during that time…Tampa Bay Lightning. Erin became a rink-side reporter for the local Tampa station and quickly gained a fan base as she traveled with the team city to city. “I didn’t know anything about hockey. I probably studied harder to learn the in and outs of the game than I did in school,” Erin chuckles.
TBS was her next fulltime gig and after allowing a two year contract to expire, Erin was once again a free agent, but the timing couldn’t have been better. Her beloved underdogs, The Lightening, had laced up their skates and started to play a little competitive hockey; played so well in-fact that they skated and slapped their way as a playoff Stanley Cup hopeful. Supporting what had become like family, Erin cheered rink side and by the end one of the games, made her way to ESPN staff covering the event. Securing the proper contact that night that would lead her to lock in a three month contract, Erin found herself reporting once again, getting exclusive interviews with 2004 Tampa Bay Lightening Stanley Cup Champions as ESPN’s official event coverage.
Fast forward to 2008, Erin Andrews is becoming an even greater part of the ESPN’s pool of talent, and just signed another lucrative three-year contract to be one of the most recognizable faces on the network. Diving into her trade head first, Andrews is now the lead sideline reporter for Monday Night Major League Baseball on ESPN (May-Sept), Thursday Night Prime Time Football (Sept-Dec), and Big Ten Baskeball ( Jan-May). She will also lead off SportsCenter’s breaking news stories from her assigned game locations.
All of this while bearing the incredible weighted title of Playboy’s online 2007 “America’s Sexiest Sportscaster,” just another day in the life of… m