It seems Jezebel and FOX follow similar human resources philosophies. As veteran sports journalist Pam Oliver celebrates her 20th anniversary on the sidelines, she’ll be doing so from the “number 2” spot. FOX has decided to replace Oliver with Erin Andrews.
“To go from the lead crew to no crew was a little shocking,” Oliver tells 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 met with FOX sports executives and her agent back in April when the network agreed to give her another year as a sideline reporter but behind Andrews. After her year is up, Oliver will continue to do long-form pieces, including sports specials and interviews.
But the real reason behind the replacement remains vague.
“I think in the last five years we have made a lot of changes with the NFL crews,” says FOX sports president Eric Shanks. “We have made changes to keep our coverage across the board fresh, including the addition of Burkhardt and Lynch – which has been one of the more exciting pairings we have put together. This is kind of the next move in that evolution.”