Much like LeBron James, ESPN’s own highly sought-after free agent is making some very highly scrutinized decisions come July 1.
According to multiple outlets, ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews will likely renew her contract and stay with the network.
Recent SportsByBrooks reports have the television personality staying assuming several conditions are met. For one, ESPN will have to make up the financial disparity between what her type of position generally pays, with what her personality is worth on the open market. Basically, she would get a small decided amount along with high-profile endorsements facilitated by the network.
Andrews reportedly garnered a lot of interest after her stint on the latest season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Her extended run on the hit television show has catapulted her to stardom, particularly due to the program being the second highest watched show of the season.
According to Andrews, she would prefer to stay in sports after her contract expires, but will apparently weigh all her options. In her own words, she won’t “close the door” on any entertainment opportunities.
This of course all comes after stalker, Michael David got nude pictures of Andrews via a peephole in her hotel room and posted them on the internet.
After her time on Dancing with the Stars, she has gotten the backing of many popular advertisers to have a show molded out specifically for her.
"She is one of the top sports personalities in the country," says Michael Norton of Gillette.
The number of interested parties calling has “just been crazy” according to Andrews.
"It's actually been surprising. I will be honest: I did this show to get happy. I never thought of what it would do for me in my career. It's crazy." she said in a recent interview.
The real question is whether or not Andrews has the personality to host her own TV show. One of the biggest problems facing ESPN now, is determining what exactly they are supposed to do with her. She’s clearly too famous to be a run-of-the-mill sideline reporter, and will want far more than the $200 thousand she’s making now. However, she doesn’t really have at necessary lovable qualities to earn the $750 thousand salary she reportedly wants, and according to most media experts, deserves.
Anyway, July 1 was marked as a special day because that’s when James, Dwyane Wade and the rest of the gang become free agents. However, a much brighter star in Andrews also goes on the open market that day.