Heather Cox Expected to Leave ESPN After Nearly 22 Years

Ryan Glasspiegel

Heather Cox, who joined ESPN in 1994, is expected to leave the network for NBC, The Big Lead has learned. Cox declined to comment for this story; it is not finalized yet, but we have heard that it is headed that way.

Cox has most recently done sideline reporting on ESPN’s college football, NBA, WNBA, and men’s and women’s college basketball coverage. ESPN has already announced that Sam Ponder will be resuming responsibilities as a sideline reporter this college football season, and will be on the Saturday night ABC telecast.

At NBC, one of Cox’s major roles would likely be as sideline reporter on the Thursday Night Football package, which will feature fellow ESPN ex-pat Mike Tirico on play-by-play. NBC has needed to fill the role since February, when their involvement in the NFL’s Thursday package was announced, and Richard Deitsch reported that Michele Tafoya would only be doing Sunday nights. Many of Cox’s recent follows on Twitter are NFL reporters, figureheads, or publicists. One of Cox’s agents is Sandy Montag, who also reps Tirico. An NBC spokesperson declined to comment.

NBC’s other sports properties include the Olympics, Notre Dame football, the British Open, and the Triple Crown. It’s not been made clear to us at this time whether or how Cox would fit into these broadcasts.