Female sports broadcasters

Watching a rare primetime regular season network hockey game and noticed there is a female color commentator working the game. Why have all the leagues and networks pushed this agenda only to relegate women to color? Broadcasters first and foremost need effective voices to communicate, it’s essential for play by play calls, and color is supposed to be a more nontraditional ex player role meant to add insight, levity, and context. How can a female broadcaster accomplish any of these when they’re not an active or former league player, and are silent 75% of the time, only speaking when told, by her more dominant male play by play partner. The silences are awkward and it’s almost like someone gives them a signal to speak. It’s bad broadcasting any way you slice it and makes for a lesser product. MLB on espn makes a flirty former softball player the literal third wheel adding to the unprofessionalism. Last week’s NHL allstar game in San Jose featured plenty of virtue signalling, including a ‘girls can skate too’ feature followed by a ‘our minority players can talk’ post game show that immediately digressed into jokes regarding racial genitalia stereotypes. Either unleash the girls and hold them to the same standards as everyone else or stop pushing your halfhearted virtue signals on everyone, it’s obvious nobody wants this product except for your fear of offending someone somewhere.

3 thoughts on “Female sports broadcasters”

    1. There’s certainly nothing wrong with a woman being a sportscaster, and I disagree with my colleague that color commentary needs to come from an ex player, however there is one unforgivable sin in commentary: silence

      Now, it may be possible that when allowing a woman to do commentary the network instructed her to only speak when told to, so if that can be proven then it certainly wouldn’t be her fault that she’s forced to silence

      1. I can’t think of any color commentators that weren’t ex coaches or players. Famous recent sports experiment was Monday Night Football hiring Dennis Miller in 2000 to draw a wider demographic since red hot Monday Night Wars had been killing them in the ratings the past 3 years. It was a 3 man crew so he wasn’t pure color, that was ex San Diego qb Dan Fouts’ job, and Al Michaels did play by play. I didn’t mind Miller’s jokes and characteristic obscure references, but it made the broadcast clunky and amateurish. I didn’t hate it as much as many others. I don’t dislike them because they’re female, they’re just not good and they’re awkward and quiet often in the broadcasts I’ve seen, and the entire thing feels forced to fit into the current political agenda.

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