REPORT: Tom Rinaldi Leaving ESPN for Fox Sports
ESPN is about to lose anther star reporter.
According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Tom Rinaldi is jumping to Fox Sports.
In golf circles, Rinaldi is best known for getting the first interview with Tiger Woods in 2010 after Woods returned from his scandals.
Rinaldi has also been part of ESPN’s Masters and other Major Tournament coverage for several years along with Scott Van Pelt and Andy North.
According to the Post, Rinaldi is expected to be featured on Fox’s Super Bowl, World Series and college football coverage.
For ESPN, they just cut approximately 300 jobs and are not filling 200 others.
Among the cuts were writer Ian O’Connor and anchor Trey Wingo.
The Post reports that Rinaldi is leaving on his own.
Rinaldi joined ESPN in 2002 and quickly became one of their best reporters and interviewers.
In golf, he has covered all four majors for the better part of two decades, and is the network’s primary interviewer at the Masters.
In addition, Rinaldi has covered the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Final Four, the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, the Breeders’ Cup, and the Olympics.
Rinaldi is also the author of The Red Bandanna: A Life, A Choice, A Legacy, detailing the heroism and tragic death of Boston College athlete Welles Crowther during 9/11.
A New York Times bestseller, called “gripping and deeply moving” by The Times Book Review, it has been assigned in high schools and colleges since its publication.
The story first aired on ESPN in 2011, and the television feature has run every September since its debut.