Fox Sports has announced that veteran sports journalists Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink are now reporters for Thursday Night Football. They join longtime NFL sportscasters Troy Aikman and Joe Buck, who will call Thursday Night Football games for Fox Sports, beginning with the 2018 season. Andrews and Pink will also contribute features to Fox NFL Kickoff and Fox NFL Sundays.
Andrews and Pink, who are both University of Florida graduates, joined Fox Sports in 2012. Prior to joining Fox Sports, Andrews (who also co-hosts ABC's "Dancing With the Stars") spent eight years at ESPN. Andrews began covering the NFL for Fox Sports in 2013, and she will continue to be a reporter for Sunday Night Football. Pink began her Fox Sports career as a sideline reporter for NFL coverage. As a result of her move to Thursday Night Football, Pink will no longer be a reporter for Sunday Night Football. Prior to joining Fox Sports, Pink was a sports reporter at various network-affiliated local TV stations in such markets as Miami, New Orleans and Jackson, Mississippi.
Andrews commented in a statement: "I'm very excited to join the Thursday Night Football team on Fox. Sunday's always come and go too quickly. Expanding my responsibilities to Thursday night with fellow Gator Kristina Pink will hopefully give audiences another reason to tune in and root for their favorite teams and players."
Pink added, “I am extremely excited about the opportunity to work with this team on Thursday Night Football. It will be an honor to be a part of the only NFL broadcast of the night. I can’t wait to get started.”
In January, Fox Sports inked a deal to broadcast Thursday Night Football until 2023. Under the deal, Thursday Night Football will be broadcast on Fox, simulcast on NFL Network, streamed on Amazon Prime and distributed in Spanish on Fox Deportes. Since the deal was announced, Fox has been selecting the sportscasters who will be covering Thursday Night Football. Fox NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira has also joined the Thursday Night Football team for on-site coverage.
Fox has also announced that Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Michael Strahan will co-host a new series called "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game Show," which will be televised from New York at 7:30 p.m. ET on Fox and the NFL Network. The live pre-game show will premiere during the fourth week of the 2018 NFL season. Bradshaw, Long and Strahan remain will on Fox NFL Sunday as analysts with Curt Menefee and Jimmy Johnson.