ESPN’s Beth Mowins is slated to become the first woman in 30 years to handle play-by-play duties during a regular-season NFL broadcast, according to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch.
Beth Mowins is easily one of my favorite women in the game–and no it’s not just because she’s from Syracuse (but it definitely doesn’t hurt).
She’s been with ESPN since 1994 and has chalked up an impressive resume that would prepare her to be the first woman in 30 years to do an NFL play-by-play commentary.
Why does this have to be such an impressive milestone though? How is it that in NFL history there has been only ONE other woman to call a game?
I guess it would make sense if color commentators were exclusively ex-NFLers, but a hefty majority of them have similar if not identical backgrounds compared to Mowins.
The only woman before her to be in an NFL booth was Gayle Sierens, who called just one game in 1987.
Although she is only scheduled to work one game this season (Chargers/Broncos), I hope to see significantly more opportunities come her way.
More importantly, Mowins’ presence in the booth is necessary for future female broadcasters in every sport.