Even football broadcasters keep depth charts. Pam Oliver no longer finds herself atop of Fox’s rankings of sideline reporters.
The familiar face finds herself bumped by Erin Andrews, the blonde beauty famous for winning the attention of a creepy peephole stalker and standing shell-shocked as Richard Sherman ranted about the “sorry” Michael Crabtree after last season’s NFC Championship. Andrews, 36, joins the Joe Buck-Troy Aikman crew. Oliver teams up with Sunday second-stringers Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch.
This season, Oliver’s twentieth roaming the sidelines, will be her last. She will remain with Fox in roles beyond sideline interviews.
Oliver termed the change “shocking.” Fox snagged Andrews from ESPN two years ago, making Oliver’s surprise at the move surprising.
“Disappointment is not really a word I’d use right now because I’ve had some weeks to process it,” the 53-year-old Oliver told Sports Illustrated. “I think my emotions during the season will be sadness because I had been around that group for a decade. I will miss all the little things, just from Joe’s impersonations of people and Troy’s bad impersonations of people and all of the running jokes–that was the hardest part of hearing the news. But you have to move forward and deal with what is on your plate.”