Katie Nolan remains employed by Fox Sports for now, but that will likely not be the case in the near future. Since the end of her last season of Garbage Time, Nolan has essentially been sitting on the sidelines at FS1 for most of the year and is reportedly working on getting an early release from her contract that runs up at the end of the calendar year.
According to Sports Illustrated‘s Richard Deitsch, Nolan is negotiating a release from her contract so she can move forward with a search for new employment rather than waiting on her deal to end in December.
Multiple sources have told Sports Illustrated that Nolan is negotiating an early release from her Fox Sports contract. Her contract is believed to officially conclude at the end of 2017. The formal release is expected to come soon.
Deitsch says Nolan did not respond for comment and Fox Sports president Eric Shanks gave him a very vague answer when asked about the situation.
“That is not something we are going to answer tonight,” said Fox Sports president Eric Shanks on Tuesday, when asked whether his network had given Nolan an early release. SI asked Shanks during a Fox Sports presentation for the network’s 2018 World Cup coverage. “But you know I am super fond of Katie and she is an amazing talent,” Shanks continued. “I hope she is at Fox Sports for a long time because I think she is a unique voice.”
Nolan’s show Garbage Time showed her talents and was beloved by many in the Twittersphere, but, as with so many FS1 properties, struggled to find a consistent viewership. ESPN has long been rumored to have interest in Nolan, and Deitsch notes that the opening at SportsNation could be a potential fit for the soon to be former Fox Sports host.