Fox Sports have made the huge decision to remove Pam Oliver from the number one spot of their NFL coverage for the 2014 NFL season, replacing her with Erin Andrews.
It's a decision that smacks of sexism beyond belief. And that is the view of one veteran NFL reporter that spoke with Sports Illustrated on the matter this week.
Pam Oliver has been a reporter for Fox Sports since 1995, and she has worked for several years as part of the network's number-one broadcast team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.
Oliver experience overlooked
Pam Oliver is now 53, and it's understood that Fox Sports want to go with a fresh look for the coming years with Erin Andrews taking over the number one role. Oliver will take up the number two role during her final season sideline reporting, with Fox Sports making the decision to take her out of the role completely after 2014.
“She’s not blonde, nor is she in the demographic,” the reporter told Sports Illustrated. “I’m not naïve and I understand it’s a business, but I think that Fox did not treat her as befits a woman who has been the female face of their sports operation for the past 19 years.”
Andrews famous Sherman interview
It's likely that Fox Sports will use the Richard Sherman NFC Championship post-game interview below as an example of Erin Andrews ability as a sideline reporter, but this interview is not as good as it looks at first glance.
The video linked above is the longer version in which a Spanish reporter captures the first trash talking by Richard Sherman towards Michael Crabtree.
Although Erin Andrews showed great skill to steer the interview with Sherman and make him say the things he did, she did so knowing that all she was trying to do was make Sherman say things he'd already said.
She was widely praised for that interview but it's not really example of her finest reporting. Andrews is obviously a great sideline reporter, but there's no doubt that if Fox Sports were making decisions on ability, Pam Oliver would still be the number one for them going into the 2014 NFL season.