A sports announcer working for ESPN is poised to make history by becoming the first female broadcaster to call a nationally televised NFL game.
NPR reports that play-by-play announcer Beth Mowins will break that barrier when she calls the Los Angeles Chargers-Denver Broncos game in ESPN’s opening Monday Night Football doubleheader on Sept. 11. Mowins, who has been a commentator for ESPN since 1994, will be joined in the booth by former Buffalo Bills and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan.
In a statement, Stephanie Druley, ESPN events and studio production senior vice president, said: “Beth has been an important voice in our college sports coverage and she has experience calling NFL preseason games. She deserves this opportunity.”
Druley added: “ESPN is committed to putting talented women in high-profile positions and we look forward to Beth and Rex’s call of this game on our MNF opening night.”
Along with her work in college sports, Mowins has called Oakland Raiders preseason games since 2015, and recently signed a multiyear extension with ESPN, the report notes.
Here’s a little bit of Mowins in action …