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 ❤️
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.