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Jun 23, 2010 9:49 PM by Chris Welty

Could CWS be Andrew's Last ESPN Gig?

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Erin Andrews will talk about sports, about
her experience on "Dancing With the Stars" and about her advocacy
for crime victims.
As for her status with ESPN once the College World Series ends?
"I'm in a situation where I'm not talking to people about
that," Andrews said Wednesday.
Andrews' contract expires July 1, meaning the CWS could be her
last assignment for the cable sports giant.
Her Los Angeles-based agent, Babette Perry, also declined to
comment.
Andrews built her celebrity at ESPN and expanded upon it as a
finalist on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" this year. She said
she hopes to stay involved in sports but also cross over more into
other areas.
"I already have," she said. "It used to be the guys just
wanted to talk to me about sports. Now women know more about me
because of 'Dancing With the Stars' and they want to ask me about
'Max,"' she said, referring to her dance partner, Maksim
Chmerkovskiy.
Andrews said she also wants to continue speaking out on behalf
of women who have been crime victims, particularly victims of
stalking, such as herself.
A 48-year-old man in March was sentenced to 27 months in prison
for following Andrews to at least three cities and shooting videos
of her in the nude through hotel peepholes last year.
"My life has totally changed after everything that happened
last summer," Andrews said.
She said she is using her visibility to be a mouthpiece for the
strengthening of anti-stalking laws.
"Laws need to be stronger. Right now they're a big joke," she
said. "Laws haven't kept up with the times. Stalking has become
much more popular."
She said she plans to become active in the U.S. Justice
Department's "Join the List" campaign, a celebrity-driven
campaign marking the 15 years since President Bill Clinton signed
the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. Andrews also is working
with the National Center for the Victims of Crime.
Since her stalking case made news last year, Andrews has said
she's been subjected to taunts from crowds at events.
"You always get idiots who make comments," she said.
At the CWS, camera phones and digital cameras point at Andrews
as she crosses from one dugout to the other between innings and
while she's giving on-field reports, but she said fans have been
nice to her.
"Omaha is very easy," she said. "Omaha people are sweet about
everything."

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