Pam Oliver goes the way of (Most) Media Women

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Pam Oliver goes the way of (Most) Media Women

I’ll never make the mis­take of being 70 again

Casey Sten­gel

Birds gotta play, fish gotta swim and women who are over fifty gotta be replaced by younger hot­ter women if you are cov­er­ing football.

Pam Oliver is no longer Fox’s top NFL side­line reporter. And after this com­ing foot­ball sea­son, she will no longer be a side­line reporter at all.

Oliver con­firmed the news to Sports Illus­trated on Sun­day night that she will move to the network’s No. 2 team for her 20th NFL broad­cast­ing sea­son. Erin Andrews has been ele­vated to the No. 1 side­line spot, join­ing the team of Joe Buck and Troy Aik­man. Oliver’s last sea­son work­ing as a reporter on the NFL will be spent with the No. 2 Fox team of Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch.

Now I’m not a big foot­ball guy and I can’t hon­estly com­ment on the skill or knowl­edge of Pam Oliver when it comes to the NFL but I’m going to make the rash assump­tion that if she’s been doing it for two decades she’s likely rather knowl­edge­able about it. And as I have absolutely no inter­est in col­lege foot­ball (Zip Zero Nada) which has been the purview of Erin Andrews I can’t intel­li­gently com­ment if she does the job bet­ter now or might do the job bet­ter in the future.

That being said SI insults our intel­li­gence with these para­graph in their story

Remov­ing the well-​regarded and well-​connected Oliver from the No. 1 team, not to men­tion ini­tially want­ing her out of side­line report­ing alto­gether, seems counter to what a sports net­work should want in an NFL reporter. Why the deci­sion to make the switch? SI​.com con­tacted Shanks on Sun­day night in Min­neapo­lis, where he was prepar­ing for Fox’s cov­er­age of the MLB All-​Star game on Tues­day at Tar­get Field.

“I think in the last five years we have made a lot of changes with the NFL crews,” Shanks said. “We have made changes to keep our cov­er­age across the board fresh, includ­ing the addi­tion of Burkhardt and Lynch -– which has been one of the more excit­ing pair­ings we have put together. This is kind of the next move in that evolution.”

Counter to what they want”? “Want­ing to keep cov­er­age across the board fresh”? please. Let’s talk some neu­tral objec­tive facts.

The pri­mary job of a net­work is to get eye­balls. The audi­ence for Foot­ball is pri­mar­ily male and the unspo­ken job of women in ads, games or broad­cast involv­ing Foot­ball or any sport is to pro­vide a prox­i­mate occa­sion of sin by caus­ing men to “look at them with lust ”.

Exhibit a:

There­fore while it’s a neu­tral objec­tive fact that Pam Oliver is a beau­ti­ful women and has I sus­pect has put a great deal of effort to main­tain that beauty (suc­ceed­ing admirably) it is also a neu­tral objec­tive fact that Erin Andrews is at least as beau­ti­ful if not more so than Ms Oliver and as a woman con­sid­er­ably younger (36 vs 53) is likely to main­tain said beauty over the next sev­eral years with a lot less effort and Ms. Oliver knows it:

Oliver shied away from say­ing any­thing neg­a­tive about Andrews, though she told Deitsch: “I live in the real world and I know that tele­vi­sion tends to get younger where women are concerned.

“Just turn on your TV. It’s every­where,” she added. “And I’m not say­ing these younger girls don’t deserve a chance. I know I’ve had my turn.”

Of course Ms. Oliver could take her story to fem­i­nists but as Stacy McCain could tell you they would likely not only cri­tique her choice of employ­ment but con­sider her and her replace­ment as acces­sories after the fact in the case of any woman who has had an unfor­tu­nate encounter with a jock.

On the bright side for Oliver as the net­work is FOX I sus­pect it might be a pop­u­lar club to wield over at them by their competitors.

I’ll never make the mistake of being 70 again

Casey Stengel

Birds gotta play, fish gotta swim and women who are over fifty gotta be replaced by younger hotter women if you are covering football.

Pam Oliver is no longer Fox’s top NFL sideline reporter. And after this coming football season, she will no longer be a sideline reporter at all.

Oliver confirmed the news to Sports Illustrated on Sunday night that she will move to the network’s No. 2 team for her 20th NFL broadcasting season. Erin Andrews has been elevated to the No. 1 sideline spot, joining the team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Oliver’s last season working as a reporter on the NFL will be spent with the No. 2 Fox team of Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch.

Now I’m not a big football guy and I can’t honestly comment on the skill or knowledge of Pam Oliver when it comes to the NFL but I’m going to make the rash assumption that if she’s been doing it for two decades she’s likely rather knowledgeable about it.  And as I have absolutely no interest in college football (Zip Zero Nada) which has been the purview of Erin Andrews I can’t intelligently comment if she does the job better now or might do the job better in the future.

That being said SI insults our intelligence with these paragraph in their story

Removing the well-regarded and well-connected Oliver from the No. 1 team, not to mention initially wanting her out of sideline reporting altogether, seems counter to what a sports network should want in an NFL reporter. Why the decision to make the switch? SI.com contacted Shanks on Sunday night in Minneapolis, where he was preparing for Fox’s coverage of the MLB All-Star game on Tuesday at Target Field.

“I think in the last five years we have made a lot of changes with the NFL crews,” Shanks said. “We have made changes to keep our coverage across the board fresh, including the addition of Burkhardt and Lynch -– which has been one of the more exciting pairings we have put together. This is kind of the next move in that evolution.”

“Counter to what they want”?  “Wanting to keep coverage across the board fresh”?  please.  Let’s talk some neutral objective facts.

The primary job of a network is to get eyeballs.  The audience for Football is primarily male and  the unspoken job of women in ads, games or broadcast involving Football or any sport is to provide a proximate occasion of sin by causing men to “look at them with lust “.

Exhibit a:

Therefore while it’s a neutral objective fact that Pam Oliver is a beautiful women and has I suspect has put a great deal of effort to maintain that beauty (succeeding admirably) it  is also a neutral objective fact that Erin Andrews is at least as beautiful if not more so than Ms Oliver and as a woman considerably younger (36 vs 53)  is likely to maintain said beauty over the next several years with a lot less effort and Ms. Oliver knows it:

Oliver shied away from saying anything negative about Andrews, though she told Deitsch: “I live in the real world and I know that television tends to get younger where women are concerned.

“Just turn on your TV. It’s everywhere,” she added. “And I’m not saying these younger girls don’t deserve a chance. I know I’ve had my turn.”

Of course Ms. Oliver could take her story to feminists but as Stacy McCain could tell you they would likely not only critique her choice of employment but consider her and her replacement as accessories after the fact in the case of any woman who has had an unfortunate encounter with a jock.

On the bright side for Oliver as the network is FOX I suspect it might be a popular club to wield over at them by their competitors.