Rachel Nichols will no longer be holding a microphone that displays the ESPN logo.
CNN announced on Thursday that Nichols will move to that network, in a large role for it and Turner Sports.
“Nichols will serve as a sports reporter for CNN and Turner Sports and will anchor a new weekend sports program on CNN/U.S. beginning later this year.” “…Nichols will cover all major sporting events, including the Olympics for CNN. Her first assignment will be the Super Bowl in New Orleans.”
It makes you want to ask what’s going on at ESPN.
Nichols is the third high profile female at the Worldwide Leader to leave for greener pastures in the past year..
Michelle Beadle departed for NBC and opportunities to do celeb news shows, the Olympics and host a show on the new NBC Sports Network.
Erin Andrews took a deal with Fox Sports that has her covering pro as well as college sports, hosting her own show and hanging with the NFL pre-game crew.
Erin seemed stuck in the world of on-campus college sporting events and after her cross-over success as a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars” she probably needed a change.
What’s a girl to do when she is courted by others and given an upgrade in assignment, more camera time on diverse assignments and a nice financial package? Leave of course.
The always blunt and knowledgeable Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated was told by Andrews that ESPN tried hard to keep her but in the end she chose to go.
Michelle Beadle’s story was similar, although she was flying much higher than Andrews at ESPN when she left.
Her co-hosting with Colin Cowherd of the network’s Sports Nation had made her a star, one on the rise, but as President John Skipper told Deitsch last year,
“We love Michelle. We wish her well. We are sorry she’s leaving. We worked hard to try to keep her but she has some different aspirations.”
Yeah, ones that don’t include having to carry the load on a sports show aired on the Deuce at 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
With the departure of the ever-present Rachel Nichols, Bristol has lost not just three familiar faces, but ones with a tremendous following.
Nichols’ standing guard outside Brett Favre’s Mississippi home during the final tumultuous years of his NFL career became a staple of the network’s coverage of his retirements, comebacks and sexting scandal.
It became a standing joke that Favre didn’t make a move that Nichols couldn’t document.
So much so that deadspin.com did a piece showing how you could track Brett’s airline schedule through Rachel’s whereabouts.
What would you give to see Rachel chatting it up with Charles Barkley and the team of TNT’s Inside the NBA?