In a bit of a surprise move, Rachel Nichols left ESPN in January after nearly a decade at the network to be the face of sports on CNN. This week (Friday, 10:30 pm), her show debuts. Unofficially – and we talk about this – I think Nichols may be the first woman to host her own sports TV show. Yes, many other women have hosted TV shows – several at ESPN, like Wendi Nix and Sage Steele, already do – but Nichols has her own show.
The podcast, as usual, is heavy on journalism, starting with Nichols talking about her second job out of college as the Washington Capitals beat reporter for the Washington Post. (I’ve been reading Nichols in the post since the late 90s).
She then talks about a pivotal moment in her career: While at the Post, the NYT offered her a job, and ESPN did. This was just as ESPN was really getting enormous, and she talks about the process of making that decision.
Perhaps more difficult: the decision to leave ESPN for Turner.
How will her show not devolve into debates or shouting? Will she care about ratings?