Why Women Are Leaving ESPN

Charissa Thompson ESPNBy Leah Goldman

Jason McIntyre of Big Lead Sports is reporting that ESPN host Charissa Thompson is leaving the network and going to Fox Sports. When contacted, neither Fox Sports nor ESPN had a comment on the report. Thompson previously worked at Fox as a co-host on "The Best Damn Sports Show Period."

At ESPN, Thompson co-hosted "Numbers Never Lie" with Michael Smith, and she replaced Michelle Beadle as host of "SportsNation." This makes Thompson the fourth female ESPN personality to leave the network in the past year and a half. Last year, Erin Andrews went to Fox Sports, Beadle went to NBC, and Rachel Nichols went to CNN.

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So why are all of these women leaving ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in Sports? It could be money. According to McIntyre, rumored salaries for Andrews, Beadle, and Nichols at their new networks ranged from $600,000 to $800,000. With a seemingly constant stream of new female talent at ESPN, perhaps it's just not worth it for the network to throw out the big bucks to keep the stars.

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Too bad Doris Burke won't leave, Doris is one ugly dude! I can't stand watching games that Doris commentates cuz he speaks like Mr. Ed!

February 13 2015 at 9:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Uhhhhh cause once your're in sports people immediately tend to think your a dumb ass it's a sterotype.

December 10 2013 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why pay those kind of salaries? There's an unending stream of good looking women that know nothing about sports who can read from a teleprompter just as well.

May 12 2013 at 4:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i think most of the women do a fine job. most of the time they know what they are talking about. They asked good questions in interviews. I don't care who is reporting. but, it is nice to have a little eye candy to look at.,

May 12 2013 at 11:36 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Not a big fan of ESPN but I think they're making a wrong.. right. By which I mean they shouldn't have hired women to be anchors in the first place. Let those gals do something like The View. Or even better, porn.

May 12 2013 at 11:31 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I am not sure but my instincts tell me that ESPN markets to mostly men. Advertisements are almost always geared toward a male audience and that must be because men comprise the majority of it. That is not to say their are not rabid sports fans that are female but compared to men it is a minority. What men want is a male to do play by play and commentary. If not the woman would do better to be attractive. I know that is not politically correct but it is reality.

May 12 2013 at 10:46 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Yeah, that's what I think when John McEnroe announces at Women's tennis. I always think about the MANY women who belong in the seat that he takes from them. So, I get ya!

May 12 2013 at 11:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


May 12 2013 at 10:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I want to listen to some one who has experience and a background in the sport about which they are reporting. I don't care if they are man or woman, black or white. I don't want eye candy telling me about a play I just watched when they have no idea about what is going on.

May 12 2013 at 10:33 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Can't stand listening to some whiney voice trying to describe something she has no idea of what she's talking about.

May 12 2013 at 10:32 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

...they can all go to work for CBS sports.....who cares........nobody is going to miss them..........

May 12 2013 at 10:25 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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