Erin Andrews leaves ESPN for Fox Sports

SI is reporting that Erin Andrews is leaving ESPN and joining Fox Sports.

Erin Andrews is moving to Fox Sports. SI.com has learned the network hired the former ESPN personality to host a new 30-minute prime-time college football studio show, which premieres Sept. 1 before Fox Sports’ coverage of Hawaii at USC. Andrews will also have other assignments at Fox Sports, including a role in its NFL and MLB coverage.

“This was a difficult move but it was the right move because it’s allowing me to do so many things that I probably would not have been able to do had I stayed at ESPN,” Andrews told SI.com on Sunday night. “It’s a different way to expand my role. I’m not tired yet. I don’t want to hang it up. I just need to get better and these were different opportunities that I would not be able to find anywhere but at Fox Sports.”

Andrews would not say what her specific role is on the NFL (Fox has sideline openings) but that announcement is expected to come this week. “The NFL was a huge thing; it’s always been a dream,” Andrews said. “I always wanted to work in the NFL and they are offering me a role in it.”

SPORTSbyBROOKS reported several days ago on Twitter that Andrews “recently tested for a hosting role on ‘X Factor’ – and will land at FOX regardless.”

I wouldn’t be surprised to see her land a gig on the entertainment side to go with her sports duties. She’s gorgeous and has plenty of talent. She did well on “Dancing With The Stars” so she already has a following outside the sports universe.

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Glavine considering grievance against the Braves

According to FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal, pitcher Tom Glavine is considering filing a formal grievance against the Atlanta Braves for his release from the team last Wednesday.

Glavine feels his release was done for financial reasons and not to clear a spot in the rotation for hot prospect Tommy Hanson, who is making his major league debut today against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Rosenthal asked Braves general manager Frank Wren for his reaction:

Wren said the decision was made for performance reasons, not business reasons. The team promoted top prospect Hanson rather than activate Glavine.

According to the MLB collective-bargaining agreement, no player can be released from a team because of financial reasons. Glavine would have received a $1 million bonus if he had been activated from the disabled list for Sunday’s start.

Couch Potato Alert: 2/13

This weekend, you will have a wide variety of sports entertainment to choose from for your viewing pleasure. If you’re in the mood for speed, then the Daytona 500 on Sunday should rev your interest. Or if you’re looking for a good rivalry matchup, then the Georgetown and Syracuse contest on Saturday should be at the top of your list. If you’re longing for a star-studded extravaganza, take a moment to tune into the All-Star Weekend from Phoenix. The NBA gets it right by showcasing the incredible talents of their stars in multiple categories, even though they lose points by changing the game of H-O-R-S-E to sponsor approved G-E-I-C-O.

All times ET…

NBA
Saturday, 8 PM: Slam Dunk Competition, Three-Point Shootout, Skills Challenge (TNT)
Sunday, 9 PM: The NBA All-Star Game from Phoenix, AZ. (TNT)

NHL
Friday, 7 PM: Boston Bruins @ New Jersey Devils
Saturday, 8:30 PM: Dallas Stars @ Chicago Blackhawks
Sunday, 12:30 PM: Philadelphia Flyers @ New York Rangers (NBC)

College Basketball
Friday, 9 PM: #13 Villanova @ West Virginia (ESPN)
Saturday, 12 PM: Georgetown @ #22 Syracuse (ESPN)
Saturday, 1 PM: #6 UCLA @ Arizona (CBS)
Saturday, 4 PM: #25 Florida State @ #8 Wake Forest (ESPN Full Court)
Sunday, 1 PM: #20 Illinois @ Indiana (CBS)
Sunday, 5:30 PM: #5 Duke @ Boston College (Fox Sports)

PGA
Friday-Sunday, see local listings for broadcast times: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Tournament (CBS/TGC)

NASCAR
Sunday, 2 PM: The Daytona 500 (Fox)

Fox Sports, MSN renew agreement

It looks like Fox Sports will continue its exclusive agreement with MSN.

Fox Sports keeps its spot as the exclusive sports provider on MSN in a multi-year renewal and expansion of the original 2005 deal when FoxSports.com took ESPN’s place as the Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) portal’s sports anchor.

News on the pending MSN/Scores Report deal coming soon. (Yeah, right.)

Blogging the Bloggers: Phelps in trouble, Tiger doesn’t tip and more

PACMAN JONESIN’ has the story of the sheriff in Richland County, South Carolina that is threatening to bring criminal charges against Michael Phelps for smoking the weed.

SPORTSBYBROOKS informs us that multi-millionaire Tiger Woods doesn’t tip. Ever. (Is he secretly Australian?)

FOX SPORTS lists the top 10 Super Bowl commercials.

DEADSPIN has video of an escape artist nearly dying of drowning during the intermission of a recent Oklahoma City Thunder game. (Not for kids.)

THE LOVE OF SPORTS has a helpful Pittsburghese-to-English dictionary.

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