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Sports Journalist Beth Mowins To Become The 1st Woman To Call NFL Game In 30 Years

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  •  May 17, 2017

If Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch is to be believed, ESPN’s Beth Mowins is all set to become the first woman in 30 years to handle play-by-play duties during a regular-season NFL broadcast.  

50-year-old Beth is a play-by-play announcer and sports journalist for ESPN and CBS. She became the second woman to call nationally televised college football games for ESPN in 2005 and was a part of the ESPN’s tertiary broadcast team for the telecasts of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Beth has always been a sportswoman. She was a basketball, softball and soccer player at North Syracuse High School in North Syracuse, New York, and was the captain of the varsity basketball team for two seasons at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

It was in 2017 that Beth was reported by Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch to be the play-by-play announcer. She is now ready to call Chargers-Broncos on Sept. 11, the second game of the league’s annual Week 1 doubleheader.

Vittorio De Bartolo, the executive producer of broadcasting for the Oakland Raiders and the team official who recruited Beth for the Oakland broadcasting job, said, “Beth Mowins has excelled as play by play announcer for the Raiders’ preseason football, demonstrating unmatched professionalism, work ethic and passion for her craft. As executive producer, I appreciated Beth’s enthusiasm for studying and preparing for each game. She took advantage of every opportunity during training camp to watch practice and chat with Raiders players, coaches and personnel in the days leading up to kickoff, all of which helped make for a better Raiders Preseason broadcast.”

ESPN president John Skipper added, “We are committed to it. Look, we have women calling NBA games, we have women calling college football games, and we look for opportunities to put women in the booth. . . There is no reason not to do it now. It is one of the things where people are making progress and that would be seen as there is no limit.”

NBC Sports announcer Mike Tirico said on the SI Media Podcast last January, predicting she would get an NFL game assignment in the future, “Beth will show up and do a game and do as good a job as any of the men. She is a ceiling-breaker, a pioneer and there will be more women [calling the NFL] going forward.”

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