Former Cavs reporter Allie Clifton says farewell to Cleveland as she announces next big move

Former Cavs reporter Allie Clifton says farewell to Cleveland as she announces next big move
Posted at 10:09 AM, Sep 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 11:23:25-04

Veteran sports reporter Allie Clifton announced on Wednesday that she is officially leaving her beloved home state and Cleveland Cavaliers for a gig in the Golden State.

Clifton, who worked for six seasons as a sideline reporter for the Cavs, will be taking her talents west and will join Spectrum SportsNet as a Los Angeles Lakers studio host, according to the network.

In a heartfelt message on Instagram to her fans and the community, Clifton called her time and role as a sports reporter "nothing short of a dream."


From playing basketball at Van Wert High School to The University of Toledo - my journey w/ hoops was just beginning. From day 1 outside the lines, to witnessing the most epic experience of my sports journey, a World Championship - the game of basketball helped me discover another true passion & love: Sports Broadcasting. For the last 6 seasons, as Fox Sports Ohio’s Sideline Reporter covering The Cleveland Cavaliers, the team that I grew up rooting for, in my home state - was & always will be, nothing short of a dream. —————————— During those 6 years I was reminded that if I am willing to find comfort in the uncomfortable, growth will always be a part of my story. So, as hard as it is to close this Cleveland chapter - I have fulfillment in my heart & purpose in my mind that I’m ready for that next chapter to begin (Link in bio). But first, THANK YOU! To Francois McGillicuddy, Tom Farmer & Pat Kilkenny - for giving me a chance, being patient with me from day 1 & always pushing me to be a better piece to the puzzle at Fox Sports Ohio. To the Cavs Organization - from Dan Gilbert, David Griffin, Koby Altman, Coach Lue, Tad Carper, Dave Dombrowski & down the line, THANK YOU for trusting me as a part of your Organization. For supporting me & always allowing me to be ME as I worked alongside your team - it was an honor to represent the Cleveland Cavalier Franchise. To my producers Brent Valenti, Jeff Platz & Joe Ranyak, those who work in the trucks tirelessly, to Mitch & my Starting Five: Jeff, Campy, Fred & AC - you have shaped me & helped me grow from the second I picked up a FSO mic. You have prepared me for whats NEXT. From being ONE, to bringing the fun & treating me with the utmost love; TEAM is what we only knew. ——————————— Lastly, to you - the FANS! As an Ohio girl born & raised ... I can only pray that everyday/night I stepped on the hardwood to do my job, I made you PROUD. From the bottom of my heart - THANK YOU. Your loyalty & support will forever mean the most. ——————————— Much love, always Cleveland! Thank You ❤️

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Clifton joined the Cavs in 2012 after a stint as a field reporter for the Detroit Tigers Triple-A Club. She attended the University of Toledo and played four seasons with the Toledo Rockets women's basketball team, where she was a three-time team captain.

Spectrum SportsNet is a regional sports network that has an exclusive partnership with Los Angeles Lakers, LA Galaxy and Los Angeles Sparks.