Scott Whitmore of the EVERETT (WA) HERALD recently had a long piece on what he seems to think is the shameful exclusion of women from the “major league” sports broadcasting booth. He gets Andrea Kremer to back him up, as she laments the inability to land play-by-play opportunities and in-game analysis gigs.
There’s only one gap in Kremer’s otherwise glittering resume: She’s never done play-by-play of a major league game. Nor has she ever been asked to be the “color” analyst on a game broadcast. “That,” she says with a slight twinge of anguish, “is another story.”
Erin Andrews is also part of the piece, but is predictably more diplomatic:
“I’m really content with what I’m doing right now. That’s not to say that women don’t have a place in play-by-play, but … I really like being the eyes and ears on the field.”
The same can’t be said though for
Kremer an anonymous female sports media member quoted by Whitmore:
But privately, some women seethe with resentment. “This is the most misogynist part of society,” says one, wary of offending her bosses. “It’s the last bastion of acceptable sexism.” Another adds, “I truly believe you could put Pam Oliver (of Fox), Suzy Kolber (and) Michele Tafoya (of ESPN), Lesley Visser and Andrea Kremer in a booth and they’d completely hold their own. But they’ve never, ever been given a chance.”
Guys, there’s a reason you aren’t doing play-by-play for NFL games, and it has absolutely nothing to do with competence. (John Madden proved that last Sunday.) Read more…