The Cavs’ broadcast team will look a bit different next season.
According to a report from Crain’s Cleveland’s Kevin Kleps, Allie Clifton is leaving her role as Cavs sideline reporter for Fox Sports Ohio for an unknown role in Los Angeles:
Some news: According to sources, Allie Clifton is heading to Los Angeles (not sure of the new position yet) and leaving her role as the Cavs sideline reporter for Fox Sports Ohio.— Kevin Kleps (@KevinKleps) August 29, 2018
“We can confirm Allie Clifton is no longer with FOX Sports Ohio as the Cavaliers sideline reporter. While we are sad to see her go, we appreciate her contributions to our Cavs broadcasts and wish her the best in her future endeavors,” FSO said in a statement provided to Fear the Sword.
It’s easy to connect the dots with Clifton’s move even if it isn’t known where exactly she’s headed. Clifton had a good relationship with LeBron James over the last four years and James now plays for the Lakers. Clifton could be joining the Lakers’ broadcast crew as someone familiar with LeBron or she could be moving to a role with James’ company Uninterrupted — which is the parent company of the Road Trippin’ podcast Clifton co-hosts with Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson.
Losing Clifton also will be a blow to FSO’s Cavs telecast. Over the past few seasons, Clifton had developed a good rapport with many players and offered good insights in her role. She also earned a spot filling in for Austin Carr last season when Carr was away from the team due to a personal matter.
Clifton has not yet publicly confirmed or commented on the mood in any capacity.