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Shannon Spake leaving ESPN for Fox Sports

I share this next news with mixed emotions: beloved sideline reporter Shannon Spake is leaving ESPN for Fox Sports. The news broke minutes ago on Twitter, and although I’m incredibly happy for Shannon, who will cover a variety of sports in her new job at Fox Sports, it probably means we won’t see her as often on UK’s sidelines. Over the years, Shannon has become a fixture on ESPN’s SEC broadcasts, to the point that she traveled with Kentucky for the majority of the 2014-2015 season on their pursuit of perfection. During that time, she’s become a friend to me, both personally and professionally.

Our sadness aside, Shannon’s new gig at Fox Sports sounds awesome. She’ll be a sideline reporter for their college football, college basketball, and some NFL broadcasts, as well as serve as a member of its NASCAR broadcast team on pit road in the NASCAR RACE HUB studio. Shannon started her career covering NASCAR for Fox Sports’ SPEED Network a decade ago, so this is a homecoming of sorts for her.

“I am thrilled to return to the network that gave me my first opportunity in sports broadcasting,” Spake said in a press release. “I have always pushed for diversity in my career — to contribute across multiple platforms while covering a variety of sports — and FOX Sports has given me an amazing opportunity to continue to do that.”

Congrats, Shannon. Don’t be a stranger!

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

12 Comments for Shannon Spake leaving ESPN for Fox Sports



  1. Neal Orac
    2:05 pm July 6, 2016 Permalink

    Also, thanks for not bringing up half marathons. Half marathons are like reading half of a book.



  2. Sentient Third Eye
    2:34 pm July 6, 2016 Permalink

    It really is a homecoming for her, since Fox Sports 1 is just the old Speed Network renamed and repurposed. I’ve noticed that ESPN is parting ways with a lot of their a-talent in the last year or so. Maybe it’s not as great a place as it once was?



    • Han
      2:40 pm July 6, 2016 Permalink

      Almost easier at this point to just list who isn’t leaving.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      2:45 pm July 6, 2016 Permalink

      Almost makes me wish Fox had won the SEC Network bidding war a few years back.



    • cjruk1
      3:53 pm July 6, 2016 Permalink

      No you don’t. Have you ever tried to stream FS1? It’s awful.



  3. Sticky Ceiling
    3:04 pm July 6, 2016 Permalink

    How do you know if someone is friends with Shannon Spake???



  4. Angelo
    3:27 pm July 6, 2016 Permalink

    They should hire that ex-KSR lady that works on TV in Harlan.



  5. Sticky Ceiling
    4:14 pm July 6, 2016 Permalink

    Anybody remember Stacy McCloud? Talk about Smokeshow City,



  6. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    4:42 pm July 6, 2016 Permalink

    Oh, hi Kayle Hartung!



  7. Bleedblueky
    9:50 am July 7, 2016 Permalink

    BEST LUCK Shannon and make sure you BEWARE & STAY AWAY your FOX CEO guy who just made news to get sued with sexual harassment by one Ms. American who just quit her Fox job.