In a recent sit-down interview with Essence.com, former FOX football veteran sideline reporter Pam Oliver opened up about how she felt when she learned that she was being demoted and replaced by a younger, less experienced Erin Andrews.
Oliver told Essence.com:
“Even before my bosses told me what was going on, there had been rumblings that my days as a sideline reporter were coming to an end. Two years earlier, Fox Sports had hired Erin Andrews, a high-profile side-line reporter from ESPN, and I knew they hadn’t brought her on just to be a benchwarmer. Colleagues, and even coaches and players, would come up to me and say things like, “Boy, you’re handling this well. You’re really a class act.” But I let the rumors roll off my back.
Without official confirmation about a change in my position, I decided I was going to do my work like I always had. Still, I was humiliated.
Oliver has since let go, bounced back and –– like a true vet –– found the glory in being given the opportunity to deliver stories and long-form pieces that interest her. “That kind of work is like being in reporter heaven,” she said.
Still, fans must lament the ending of an NFL era.
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Here’s an interview Pam olver did with the Wall Street Journal’s Lee Hawkins talking about her journey to the top of the sports journalism field, the recent firestorm of negative social media comments about her hair and much more.
Watch the video below: