Fox Sports has decided to make a change to their top NFL broadcast team. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will still be the dynamic duo in the booth. However, instead of Pam Oliver on the sidelines doing the reporting, it will be Erin Andrews. As if that was not bad enough news for Oliver, the 2014 season will be her last as a sideline reporter with Fox.
“To go from the lead crew to no crew was a little shocking,” Oliver said, according to Sports Illustrated. “I said I wanted to do a 20th year [on the sidelines]. I expressed to them that I was not done and had something to offer. Again, I think it was predetermined coming in. Not at that meeting, but two years ago it was determined that no matter what I did or did not do, a change would be made for this year.”
Oliver was told in person by Fox Sports president Eric Shanks and executive vice president of production John Entz that she would no longer have the job that she has worked tirelessly at for the past two decades. Instead of delivering the news from the locker room and conducting sideline interviews with Buck and Aikman, she will continue her duties with Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch.
If you are shocked by the decision, you are not alone. Yes, I fully understand that Andrews is young with beautiful blonde hair, a gorgeous face and a stunning body. For that reason, it should not be a surprise what Fox is trying to do. When I say that I am shocked, I mean that Oliver has done a tremendous job over the past 19 years. More so, she is the female face of the network when it comes to the NFL, the most profitable sport in the United States.
As much as football fans love nothing more than seeing a beautiful woman on the screen in between the action of the game, what they want even more is someone who can intelligently give them an updated report on what just happened to their favorite player. Oliver has done her job impeccably over the years, while Andrews does not fit the mold of someone who is ready to become the No. 1 sideline reporter.
Just because Oliver will no longer be a sideline reporter during games, does not mean her job has been completely terminated with Fox. After the 2014 season, she will do more studio work, such as important interviews and producing.