Is there a specific type of woman who gets hired to be a correspondent or sideline reporter for sports these days? Are “sideline Barbies” sought, or is it just a big coincidence? Just ask Pam Oliver, who was replaced this year as the lead sideline reporter for NFL on FOX. In 2014, she told Essence Magazine, “The business is very demographic-oriented. As one executive said to me, Fox Sports will look radically different in the coming years. I assume that means they want to look younger. It's not difficult to notice that the new on-air people there are all young, blond and hot."
Thank you, Captain Obvious. Oliver said it for us so we don’t have to. The female personalities covering sports have obviously changed over the last several years. While male sportscasters simply have to toss on a blazer and comb their hair, female reporters look more like models these days. Sarah Todd, a beat writer for SFBay wrote about the subject: “The term ‘sideline barbie’ is an interesting one. The truth is that most sideline reporters who are women are very good-looking. I am absolutely not going to fault any of them for being beautiful. But it is interesting to think whether or not these networks would hire a less conventionally good-looking female over the bombshell. Obviously if the woman looks like a supermodel and is more qualified than more power to her. I’m not saying the networks have these type of shallow hiring practices, but where are the plain Jane sideline reporters?”
And here’s the answer: The plain Janes are on radio or writing for magazines and newspapers. Of course hot girls are being hired and of course the networks have shallow hiring practices. Sorry to let Oliver and Todd know, but sexiness does factor into TV jobs, especially in the sports world. After all, we’re talking about an industry that helped a chicken wings franchise, Hooters, become wildly successful mixing sports and good-looking girls. Men like sports. Men like to look at beautiful women. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the best formula to attract viewers. Here are 15 females who qualify for hottest in the sports world.
15 Lauren Gardner
For a sports reporter under 30 years old, male or female, Lauren Gardner has amassed an impressive resume, but you’ve got to wonder if she tries to forget her 2011 stint covering the Lingerie Football League for MTV2. Although, since she was a former Denver Broncos cheerleader in 2008, maybe being around women in skimpy outfits was normal for her.
14 Britt McHenry
Like many female sportscasters, Britt McHenry was another blonde up-and-coming reporter for ESPN when she had her first taste of 15 minutes of fame, but it wasn’t the kind she was hoping for. McHenry was caught on a surveillance camera at an impound lot berating the attendant, pulling the “Do you know who I am?” card and negatively commenting about the attendant’s looks.
13 Kristina Fitzpatrick
First known as Kristina Akra, this beauty has most recently been seen in her first season on Fox Sports South/Sportsouth as a reporter covering Braves games. We’ve got to believe if the Braves knew this easy-on-the-eyes broadcaster was going to be coming along, they may not have left TBS so quickly.
12 Alex Curry
11 Ines Sainz
Ines Sainz proves that you don’t have to be a 20-something blonde with blue eyes to make it in the sports world. The 37-year-old, aside from creating and hosting the Spanish-language show Dxtips and serving as a reporter for Mexican sports channel Aztec Deportes has been called the “Woman of Sports” in Mexico.
10 Renee Young
If you’re the hottest woman behind the microphone for the WWE, are you technically a sports reporter or an entertainment reporter? Taking one look at Renee Paquette, known to millions of fans as Renee Young, the answer doesn’t matter as long as she stays on the screen.
9 Erin Sharoni
8 Sara Carbonero
7 Jaime Maggio
6 Heidi Watney
Heidi Watney is one of those broadcasters who gets a lot of attention, positive and negative in the world of sports. Accused by some of sideline reporting during her time covering the Red Sox for the New England Sports Network that wasn’t exactly hard-hitting, Watney is actually a National Merit Scholar who earned a scholarship and graduated from the University of San Diego.
5 Cari Champion
4 Jenny Dell
Boston Red Sox fans may be angry over the recent release of longtime broadcaster Don Orsillo, but they do owe the braintrust at the New England Sports Network for their choice of female field correspondents. After the departure of statuesque blonde Watney, NESN went in a different direction in hiring a brunette, but stayed the course of hiring smoking hot women when they introduced the Beantown faithful to Jenny Dell.
3 Charlotte Jackson
If this is truly a list of the hottest female sports reporters, it’s time to get our passport and head overseas to gawk at British babe Charlotte Jackson. Now a leading personality on Sky Sports News, Jackson is one of the only women to break into the television side of the business who came from the world of blogging, having contributed to both golf and football sites. Her first break in television was for Setanta Sports News, covering of all things, a dart tournament.
2 Marisol Gonzalez
1 Erin Andrews
Is it the obvious choice? Maybe. Erin Andrews certainly is more well-known than any other female sports reporter in the game today. After all, she’s the only one that has been invited to co-host on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
Andrews rose to fame as a reporter and anchor for a variety of shows and sports with ESPN from 2004 to 2012. She made the jump to network TV after being signed by FOX, where she has covered the World Series and worked her way up to lead sideline reporter for NFL on FOX, replacing Pam Oliver, who was demoted to the B-game.
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