Rachel Lindsay is returning to a small screen near you! The lawyer turned Bachelorette star revealed on Monday, June 25, she is gearing up to guest host ESPN’s First Take next week, as NBA free agency kicks off.
“You may or may not know this, but one of my dreams I originally set out to achieve in life was to work in sports,” she shared on Instagram. “Today is an exciting day for me because this week I will be returning back to a first love…as I will be guest hosting on @firsttake next week (July 2nd) on @espn 2, talking all things #NBA free agency, countdown to #NFL camps and much much more.”
Now, don’t let Rachel’s Bachelorette stardom fool you -- she is more than qualified for the hosting job.
The Texas native has an undergraduate degree in sports management, a law degree focused on sports law, and she has tons of media training. Plus, she’s been a sideline reporter for a number of basketball games since her time on The Bachelorette.
According to the New York Post, Rachel will be hosting the 10 a.m. to noon time slot on July 2nd. She will be joined by a rotating cast of commentators, including Will Cain, Jason Fitz, Domonique Foxworth and former NBA player Ryan Hollins.
Rachel isn’t the only Bachelor Nation star to take their talents to ESPN. Former Bachelor Jesse Palmer seemed to use the ABC dating show as a launching pad for his sports broadcast career. After staring on the show in 2004, he went on to become a commentator and analyst on ESPN.
Jordan Rogers, who won JoJo Fletcher's heart on the 12th season of The Bachelorette, was also hired as a sports commentator on SEC Network, which is owned by ESPN, following his time on the show.
What do you think of Rachel’s new gig? Sound off in the comments!