Sport Beth Mowins is the first woman in 30 years to call the NFL on TV

00:50  12 september  2017
00:50  12 september  2017 Source:   cnn.com

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Beth Mowins becomes first woman in 30 years to call an NFL game. Mowins realized she wanted to be a sportscaster after watching " The NFL Today" on CBS as a kid. She began calling high school games when she was a teenager.

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In 1987, Gayle Sierens became the first woman ever to call the NFL on TV -- a regionally televised Chiefs-Seahawks game in the last week of the season. She never called another.

In Syracuse, New York, the father of Beth Mowins noticed Sierens' picture in the newspaper and clipped it out for his daughter, who had grown up broadcasting neighborhood kickball games into a toy microphone.

"I was already a budding sportscaster back then," Mowins recalled. "What she was able to do so many years ago ... to see what she had done, and sort of plant the seed in my mind of somebody else has already done this: I can do it, too."

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Beth Mowins is drawing praise for her debut as an NFL play-by-play announcer on "Monday Night Football ." She's the first woman in 30 years to call the NFL on TV , and the first in a national broadcast. Gayle Sierens called a regionally televised Chiefs-Seahawks game for NBC in 1987.

CLEVELAND — Beth Mowins knows there will be viewers who think her Monday Night Football game- calling assignment on September 11 is a stunt or political correctness run amok from ESPN. You are the first woman to call NFL games on CBS, one of the longtime rights-holders of the league .

On Monday night, she will. Mowins will call the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers in the second game of ESPN's "Monday Night Football" doubleheader -- the first woman in 30 years take the microphone in an NFL game, and the first for a national broadcast.

Two weeks later, she'll call the Browns and Colts for CBS. But the adrenaline will especially be flowing on Monday night.

"The iconic open to the show and the iconic music, the first time you hear that, you get kind of goosebumps, even if you're just sitting at home watching," Mowins said. "I just gotta make sure that once the adrenaline starts flowing we channel that toward positive things."

Mowins realized she wanted to be a sportscaster after watching "The NFL Today" on CBS as a kid. She began calling high school games when she was a teenager.

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Thirty years later, Beth Mowins became the second woman to call an NFL game for television . Although she generally received great reviews, the New York Times pointed out that there were plenty of male complainers who didn’t like the sound of a female voice on the broadcast.

The last woman to call play by play for an NFL regular season game was Gayle Sierens, who retired in 2015 “ Beth Mowins has excelled as play by play announcer for the Raiders’ preseason football , demonstrating It’s no coincidence that in her first year as play by play announcer in 2015, the

"I also knew pretty early on just from watching a lot of sports on TV that I wasn't going to be the coach or I wasn't going to be the guy that played in the NFL or in Major League Baseball," Mowins said. "But that other guy, the play-by-play guy, maybe that I was a role that I could do."

She's already familiar to viewers. Mowins has been the voice of the Women's College World Series for more than 20 years. She's called college football for ESPN since 2005, and men's and women's college basketball. She's done Oakland Raiders preseason games since 2015.

"She is a total pro," said "Monday Night Football" producer Jay Rothman. "She is rock solid, she's a great coach, she's a great fan of the game. I can go on and on. Her knowledge is deep, and she loves it."

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CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said he sees it as the beginning of a partnership, with Mowins calling other games in future seasons.

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"Beth was hired not because she's a woman but because she's a terffic play-by-play personality," he said. "I've listened to her for years, and she's excellent."

"She really gets the most out of her analyst, she's very unselfish on the air, gives them time to get their thoughts out, and that, to me, is a sign of a really successful broadcaster."

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Women in similar roles have faced severe criticism. When Jessica Mendoza joined ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball," a Fox Sports Radio host called her "the worst baseball announcer who has ever announced the game of baseball." The network deleted a tweet suggesting she'd be fired if she were a man.

Mowins said she's not concerned about backlash.

"I don't approach it like that," she said. "I do understand people are probably watching a little more closely because you are a woman, but I'm much more interested in just going out and trying to prove myself."

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When Sierens got the NBC assignment, she had transitioned to local news after covering sports for nine years. Her bosses allowed her to call the game as long as it wouldn't be seen in the Tampa Bay area.

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Beth Mowins is a veteran and pioneering play-by-play broadcaster who has called a variety of sports for ESPN. Her primary assignments are men’s and women ’s college sports and in 2017 she became the first woman in 30 years to call a National Football League game.

Mowins is set to be the first woman since Gayle Sierens in 1987 to call television play-by-play for an NFL game The chairman of CBS Sports, Sean McManus, said that hiring Mowins for the NFL was an easy decision. “ Beth was hired not because she was a woman ,” McManus said at CBS’s media day.

"They had just spent all this money on promotions to try to get people to forget that I was the sports chick and see me as their news anchor," Sierens said.

Sierens said she got positive reviews about her coverage, even though she was a "nervous wreck." She decided not to pursue additional games because of the news job and because she was starting a family.

"It wasn't a guarantee that it was gonna work," Sierens said. "With a baby on the way, I was thinking more in my family life mode than I was thinking about my sports career, which by all accounts I had already put behind me."

She said the only thing that gives her pause is that if she had continued she might have cleared the way for more women. She's excited that Mowins' turn in the booth will do just that.

"Beth's going to be a regular ... which is going to open doors for a lot of other women in ways that my -- almost 'event,' you could call it, more than anything -- did not do," Sierens said.

The two met when Sierens' daughter was playing in a college volleyball game that Mowins was broadcasting. She's known for a while now that Mowins is a "rockstar."

"She doesn't need one bit of advice from me," Sierens said.

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