The following is the debut post from Some Random Broad, a new contributor to LCG (and work colleague). Respect her. You may, in fact, hear from her again.
On the Victoria Secret website there’s now a department full of Yankee apparel called “PINK Loves Major League Baseball.” Nike and Reebok can design replica jerseys and apparel tailored specifically for females. However, of all the NFL games televised into week six, not one has featured a female play-by-play announcer. Sure, there’s a bevy of pretty blondes trotting the sidelines, but they comes across as more of a sideshow than say Marv Albert, Al Michaels or Chris Berman.
Simply put, the National Football League’s audience is a group of generally compassionate (I use the term loosely) individuals who look forward to Sundays because they get to wake up, put on their jerseys, and dodge all responsibility with the excuse “I can’t, I’m waiting for the game to start.” We eat wings, drink beer and enjoy each other’s company. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this Sunday routine. But, there is something wrong with the fact that a female voice has never called a single one of the games we so eagerly await.
Gone are the days when women were too busy preparing the game day spread to care about what was on TV. I have a spot on the couch, and I certainly eat the wings and frankly, I’d like to hear a woman announce a game.
Many professional sports have started to recognize the power of the female audience. Marie Claire, a fashion magazine recently published an article titled “Game Changer- Women In Sports.” The Author, Yael Cohen notes “The NFL is even developing a line of team-inspired false lashes. Licensed women’s apparel for baseball, basketball, and football has become a huge business, generating $330 million last year, according to market research firm SportsOneSource.” Team- inspired false lashes. Bet you never saw that one coming.
To date, women have announced for the NBA, NCAA, and, of course, the New York Yankees (shameless plug for my men in pinstripes). Leslie Visser has commentated for the NCAA and the MLB, Doris Burke for the NBA, then there’s Mary Carillo and of course, Robin Roberts. Recently, Larry Atkins of The Philly Post wrote an article titled “NFL Needs to Hire a Woman Play-by-Play Announcer” in which he too questions why the a network has yet to hire a female for the position. Evidently, this is an issue that garners attention from many, even men.
The implications of the female’s rise within professional sports are becoming difficult to ignore. I’m not some crazy feminist who’s been waiting for a chance to pounce on a male dominated industry, really, I promise. However, I am someone who believes that there are plenty of females who are completely capable of commentating a game, and I’m simply curious as to why it hasn’t happened.
All I’m saying is this; I knew the Giants defense needed to put pressure on Cam Newton or we would be in trouble this week. I’ve grown up around football my entire life and I can tell you that when Kevin Gilbride runs Ahmad Bradshaw on 3rd and 2 – well, we’ll ultimately end up kicking a field goal (the Giants’ red zone performance is another post in and of itself). What I’m trying to say is this. I feel confident that I could hang with the best of ‘em while watching a game.
Myself, and many other women out there are completely capable of understanding the game in all of its painstaking detail, regardless of the fact that we’ve never played. So what gives?
About the Author: Cecilio's Scribe is the founder of The Legend of Cecilio Guante and a generally pessimistic fan of the Mets, Jets, Knicks and Rangers. A fine NYC-based gentlemen who hones his marketing skills as his primary trade by day. Husband, chef, father of a newborn and after-hours blogger by night. Proud alum of the mighty Big Red of Cornell. University. Hot sauce devotee. Staunch protester of the continued wussifcation of American sports. Sometimes I rhyme slow, sometimes I rhyme quick.