Richard Deitsch of the Athletic tweeted on Monday that it would happen, and yesterday it became official. CBS announced that Jamie Erdahl would replace Allie LaForce as the sideline reporter for the network’s SEC on CBS broadcasts.
CBS and LaForce were unable to come to terms on a new deal. She had been on the sidelines for SEC games since replacing Traci Wolfson in 2014. Deitsch says she is in discussions with Turner for a full time role on NBA broadcasts next season. She may also be a part of that company’s NFL plans if the rumor is true that Turner wants back in on the NFL.
As for Jamie Erdahl, the 2018 football season will be her fourth with CBS. She previously worked the sidelines for CBS’s NFL broadcasts. Prior to making her national debut, Erdahl worked for NESN covering the Red Sox and Bruins. Executive Producer and Senior Vice President of Production for CBS Sports, Harold Bryant expects her to connect with the SEC broadcasts’ largely Southern audience right away saying “Since joining CBS, Jamie has established herself as a talented, versatile and knowledgeable reporter. She is a rising star and someone we know that will connect with and earn the respect from the coaches, players and passionate fans in the SEC.”
Last month, the SEC on CBS crew, including LaForce, won a Sports Emmy for Best Live Sports Special for their coverage of the Army-Navy Game.