1. Rachel Nichols
Rachel Nichols is a former ESPN sideline reporter known for her work in the NBA broadcasts. Nichols entered the world of broadcasting after joining ESPN in 2004.
Counted among the most popular sportscasters, she has more than 1.1 million followers on her Instagram, ranking her at the top of the list.
Starting her career in 1996, Nichols was a sportswriter for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, covering for the Miami Dolphins. Later, she moved to The Washington Post to write for NHL's Washington Capitals.
Nichols is a sports journalist with experience in writing about a wide variety of sports in her early years including tennis, the Olympics, the NBA, and MLB.
Rachel started her journey as a sports reporter when ESPN offered her a job in 2004. Venturing into the world of broadcasting, she made regular appearances on SportsCenter and two of the prominent NFL Countdown shows.
Meanwhile, she was a recurring sideline reporter for the NBA broadcasts and Monday Night Football during her tenure at ESPN. Working as a correspondent for the E:60 sports series, she became popular because of her interactions with prominent sports figures.
In 2013, Nichols left ESPN and joined CNN to take the helm as an anchor for Unguarded with Rachel Nichols. In addition, she also worked on the sidelines with NBA on TNT and while making regular appearances in "Inside The NBA" show.