Rachel Nichols will be covering the Super Bowl in New Orleans next weekend, only not for ESPN.
The popular sports reporter will be leaving her broadcast home of nine years to work for CNN and Turner Sports, the two companies announced Thursday. And her first assignment in her new gig will be the biggest sporting event of the year.
"I couldn't be more excited to join the CNN and Turner Sports family,” Nichols said. “I believe in [CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker's] vision for CNN, and have always admired the great work of Turner Sports and what [president of sales, distribution and sports David Levy] has done there. I’m looking forward to getting started at the Super Bowl."
Nichols was a correspondent for several ESPN shows, including "SportsCenter", "NFL Countdown", "NBA Countdown" and "E:60," as well as a sideline reporter on "Monday Night Football." She also became the face of the network's wall-to-wall coverage of the Brett Favre retirement saga in recent years.