To me, Debbie Antonelli’s appointment to cover the men’s NCAA Tournament is long overdue.
As an avid follower of both men’s and women’s college basketball, Antonelli is a household name. Her enthusiasm and overall knowledge of the game is a talent any woman interested in the sports media field should want to emulate.
The best in the sports media business are typically those who have experience playing sports themselves. Antonelli started for three years in her time at NC State, providing her with essential knowledge only obtained through participation in sport.
If you haven’t played the sport, how can you possibly fully relate to the athletes on the court?
Antonelli is a seasoned veteran when it comes to NCAA basketball coverage thanks to her years broadcasting the women’s tournament.
By and large, Antonelli knows her stuff. Her career may be well underway, but I think there will only be more opportunities down the road for her.