Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 1/24/13
Sports fans and media consumers everywhere used to joke that every time Brett Favre moved, sneezed, went to the bathroom or even breathed- ESPN’s Rachel Nichols was there. I’m speaking of course about Favre’s three year period in which he retired/unretired 1,298 times and held the media and fan bases of the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets hostage. Later the Nichols joke applies to the soon to be NBA champion Miami Heat. I guess her hair matches the team colors. Today Nichols announced that she’s leaving ESPN for CNN where she’ll anchor a weekend sports show. BTW, isn’t that screen grab above just priceless (photo credit here)   Her CNN program will focus on the most interesting stories and personalities in the world of sports. In her role with Turner Sports, Nichols will handle a wide variety of assignments across the division’s vast sports properties including the NBA and Major League Baseball. Additionally, Nichols will cover all major sporting events, including the Olympics for CNN. Her first assignment will be the Super Bowl in New Orleans. Before ESPN (starting in 2-04) Nichols worked for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel (1995–1996) and Washington Post (1996–2004). She is known for her tendency to rarely blink on camera. Rachel Michele Alexander was born in Potomac, Maryland and graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Rachel is married to music executive Max Nichols, son of film and stage director Mike Nichols. She is also Diane Sawyer’s daughter-in-law. She was named one of Esquire’s “Women We Love” in 2005 and a candidate for Playboy’s Sexiest Sportscaster in 2008. I personally don’t see it, but a lot of people seem to think she’s a hottie, so here are plenty of Nichols pics for ya! “I couldn’t be more excited to join the CNN and Turner Sports family,” said Nichols. “I believe in Jeff’s vision for CNN, and have always admired the great work of Turner Sports and what David has done there. I’m looking forward to getting started at the Super Bowl.” Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook
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