On a somber evening across the United States, millions of Americans not displaced or dealing with the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma or living through Tropical Storm Irma, tuned in to ESPN for the Monday Night Football game to get their minds away from the tragedy of 9/11 and the natural disasters ravaging the southern states.
— Barstool Heartland (@barstoolhrtland) September 11, 2017
The game between the Denver Broncos and L.A. Chargers would be not only cathartic for many in the U.S. but historic for many women in sports media.
ESPN put Beth Mowins in the booth alongside former head coach Rex Ryan – the first female broadcaster in an NFL booth in over 30 years.
— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) September 12, 2017
Contrary to what popular blogs may have you believe, Gayle Sierens, a Tampa sports reporter-turned news anchor became the first woman ever to call the NFL on TV. In 1987, Sierens was a part of the broadcast crew in a regional airing of Chiefs-Seahawks for NBA in 1987.
Mowins, however, is the first woman since. And on Monday Night Football, no less.
The first female to call play-by-play of an NFL TV game was Gayle Sierens for NBC in 1987 (8:49) https://t.co/9RNmKV0KSC
— Sal Capaccio 🏈 (@SalSports) September 12, 2017
By all accounts, Mowins did a beautiful job and has no doubt opened the door for other women in sports broadcasting.
Ryan gave people what they expected: a colorful, often funny, sometimes odd look at the game he’s literally grown up around.