Former Ohio State All-American Chris Spielman, like Robert Smith and other ESPN employees before him, is leaving the Worldwide Leader for FOX Sports, where he'll continue his duties as a college football analyst but also help with NFL coverage.
FOX, which is reportedly close to a $250 million deal for broadcast rights to half the Big Ten's basketball and football games, announced the acquisition Tuesday afternoon.
“I’m excited about being part of FOX’s NFL and college football coverage for years to come.” Spielman said in a release.
“Chris is a tremendous broadcaster with a wealth of NFL and college football knowledge,” FOX Sports President John Entz said. “His outstanding career both on and off the field brings a huge amount of credibility to FOX Sports. We feel really fortunate to have him with us.”
A native of Massillon, Ohio, Spielman entered broadcasting in 1999 with FOX Sports Net where he worked as an NFL studio analyst for two years. He joined ESPN in 2001, where he primarily worked alongside play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough and sideline reporter Todd McShay.