‘Much respect’: Beth Mowins draws praise for breaking NFL barrier


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Beth Mowins becomes first woman in 30 years to call an NFL game

She rocked it.

Beth Mowins is drawing praise for her debut as an NFL play-by-play announcer on “Monday Night Football.”

She’s the first woman in 30 years to call the NFL on TV, and the first in a national broadcast. Gayle Sierens called a regionally televised Chiefs-Seahawks game for NBC in 1987.

Mowins will call a second game in two weeks, the Browns and Colts for CBS.

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Her fellow reporters said they were inspired by her first appearance in the NFL broadcast booth.

Mowins received an outpouring of support from her ESPN colleagues.

But she also got love from reporters at other networks, like Tracy Wolfson from CBS and Melissa Knowles from HLN, which is owned by the same company as CNN.

Secret deodorant ran an ad featuring Sierens and other prominent women in sports wishing Mowins well.

Mowins didn’t address her trailblazing moment, but she did post a photo encouraging a girl to follow in her footsteps.

Mowins also received a lot of support on Twitter generally, but the reaction wasn’t uniformly positive. Some people said they were watching the game on mute or said they found her irritating.

In an interview with CNNMoney before the game, Mowins said she wasn’t concerned with critics on social media.

“I do understand people are probably watching a little more closely because you are a woman, but I’m much more interested in just going out and trying to prove myself,” she said.

CNNMoney (New York) First published September 12, 2017: 12:09 PM ET


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