Beth Mowins was the TV broadcaster describing the accounts of the Raiders-Green Bay practice game on KTVU.
Mowins is an experienced sports broadcaster having called college basketball for ESPN and she also did pre-season games for the Raiders last year. She also worked for CBS.
The game last night was irrelevant --as are most NFL practice games; that's not the reason I watched and listened. I wanted to listen to Mowins because I had heard she was good. Really good. Moreover, I had heard she was actually very talented and that her gender would be irrelevant, she could call a game not based on a gimmick or publicity stunt. That she was actually qualified for the gig.
Can you imagine that?
The thing I liked most about Mowins is that she sounded just like any decent sports, or in this case, NFL broadcaster who was there based on her knowledge and acumen and not because she happened to be a woman. Imagine that.
Mowins was calling the game based on merit --and merit alone. Oh I'm sure her client got some brownie points but I'm certain that that wasn't their primary MO. I think "quality broadcast" somehow was the intention. Can you imagine that?
This whole phenomena began as a result of the 49ers broadcast hierarchy wanting to give a shot to a woman, Kate Scott, with NO Pro Football broadcast experience whatsoever--not a big deal but Scott only got the gig to draw publicity (and succeeded) and inevitable buzz that not only was she a woman, but a gay woman too. Again, no big deal, here, there, anywhere.
Only there was a difference.
Talent, for one. Only that apparently never entered into the equation. Regale the notion of experimenting with someone clearly not ready for primetime but hey, she's a woman, she's the update lady on the flagship station and she'll even talk about the game! Talent? Experience? To hell with that. And the publicity we'll get!
Scott's lack of experience isn't such a big deal nor is her gender or sexual orientation. I bring it up because she brought it up, and continues to bring it up...I could care less about all of that but it is ALL PRECISELY THAT that got the gig for Scott in the first place.
Mowins, to her credit, doesn't talk a lot about being a woman broadcaster. Sure, she mentioned it; acknowledged it, of course she did but having listened to her and watched her this is someone who gets work based on something foreign here: talent.
Furthermore, she doesn't have to rely upon phony sports-talk hosts who bow on their knees and offer fake praise so they can kiss their bosses' asses and maintain the PC run amok.
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