On the sports journalism ladder, the sideline reporter usually places just above the Fantasy Football reporter.
Typically, this is the reserve talent forced to stay on the sidelines and eavesdrop on coaches’ bickering, trainers’ questioning, and top draft picks’ prayers. When it’s cold, they freeze; when it’s raining, they get wet; when it’s time for a commercial break, no one cares. For almost 20 years on FOX Sports, Pam Oliver. has done this job, eventually earning a regaled spot on the “A team” with Troy Aikman and, yes, Joe Buck.
Recently, however, the FOX Sports grand poobahs sidelined Oliver for a younger model — Erin Andrews. It took a while, but Oliver finally sounded off on that hire. Loudly.