She also has experience in the print world, having worked for the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and The Washington Post.
Rachel Nichols will definitely get more air time on ESPN than she did on CNN.
“This isn’t an Xs-and-Os sort of show,” Nichols told Variety in October of 2013.
During a sideline interview with Suzy Kolber, a clearly intoxicated Namath strayed from his bumbling analysis of Chad Pennington and said, "I want to kiss you." Kolber manages an uncomfortable smile and gains some distance from the tumescent creep with a Curtis Martin-like stiff arm.
For years, ESPN operated like a lawless frat house, with more sexual shenanigans than a roadside brothel.
Details about her new role at ESPN could not be learned at present.
CNN launched a program featuring Nichols Friday nights starting in October of 2013, marking the first time the Time Warner-owned cable-news outlet had a sports-themed program on its air (A previous sports program, “Sports Tonight,” aired on CNN/SI, a cable network that incorporated both CNN and then-sister outlet Sports Illustrated).
Beadle and Nichols posted the news within minutes of each other, with both claiming that Mayweather's camp — which is the lead promoter of the fight through Mayweather Promotions — was responsible for the decision.
Both the MGM Grand and Mayweather Promotions have not responded to requests to comment.
She remains a force to be reckoned with and has tangled with everyone from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to boxer Floyd Mayweather. The show will be produced by ESPN senior coordinating producer Kevin Wildes and coordinating producer Richelle Markazene.
“We are so excited to get Rachel back at ESPN in an expanded role,” said Marie Donoghue, executive vice president of global strategy and original content at ESPN in a prepared statement.
The show was often pre-empted and was eventually canceled – about a year later.
During her time at CNN, Nichols drew attention for throwing hard questions at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and boxer Floyd Mayweather.
The sportscaster’s new duties at ESPN will include a daily weekday program centered on the NBA, as well as guest-hosting duties for the Disney-controlled sports network’s “Outside the Lines.” She will also contribute to both “E:60,” ESPN’s primetime magazine program and to the network’s near-ubiquitous “Sports Center.” Her new program, “The Jump,” will debut Thursday, Feb.