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Stark leaves Monday Night Football


Credit: ESPN

Melissa Stark will not return to ABC's "Monday Night Football'' for a fourth season as a sideline reporter.

Stark, who married Mike Lilley in 2001, is expecting her first child in September. She replaced Lesley Visser in 2000, along with Eric Dickerson. Dickerson wasn't brought back after his second season. "I love 'Monday Night Football,''' Stark told USA Today. "So it was an incredibly difficult decision. But now it's time for a new chapter of my life with the baby and possible other television opportunities.''

ABC Sports vice president Mark Mandel said the show is seeking a new reporter for the 2003 season.

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