Why Erin Andrews will be important to Fox; will debut at All-Star game

Fox Sports isn’t wasting any time. Erin Andrews will make her network debut next Tuesday at the All-Star Game in Kansas City.

According to Eric Shanks, Fox Sports group co-president and executive producer, Andrews will be a part of the coverage team for all of Fox’s big events. Shanks said Andrews probably will be in one of the dugouts Tuesday.

OK, if you’re a player, would you want Andrews or Ken Rosenthal in your dugout? Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Anyway, here’s Shanks: “We view ourselves as a big event network. Erin will add a lot to our big events.”

The main reason, though, why she is being brought over from ESPN will be to host Fox Sports’ new primetime college football show. This year will be Fox’s first with a regular-season package, airing on Saturday nights. The network’s coverage kicks-off on Saturday, Sept. 1 (7:30 PM ET) as Hawaii visits USC, live from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Andrews knows the drill after serving as host during the first hour of ESPN’s College GameDay on ESPNU. She also knows college football and the people in it in her long-time role as a sideline reporter.

And Andrews gives Fox a big-name to help draw eyeballs to the show. The next important component will be selecting the analysts to join her at the desk. The chemistry between those individuals and Andrews will be the ultimate driver of the show.

“First and foremost, you look for quality in doing a show,” Shanks said. “If the person brings attention, that’s an added benefit. But what (Fox Sports heads David Hill and Ed Goren) have always done around here is to start off building the right show. Across the board, they’ve done that from the beginning.”

By the way, Shanks added Andrews will be contributing features to Fox’s coverage of the NFL. So with the baseball playoffs and World Series, college football, and the NFL, Andrews will be plenty busy in the fall.



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