The NBA game between The Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans differed from most NBA games. This game was broadcasted by all females. This is the second year in a row that ESPN has done an all female broadcast for a game. This is a great way to showcase women’s contributions to the production of NBA games.
The pregame and game coverage was covered by over 70 women. According to Malika Andrews, women have always had a huge part in producing coverage for the NBA, it was nice though for all the women to come together and work on one project. Andrews was quoted saying,“The women I work around inspire me and what I see in the world, the conversations that we’re having, inspire me.”
Many women in sports broadcasting, like Malika Andrews, are happy with the progress that women made within the sports broadcasting world. As a result of hardwork and effort many women have made a name for themselves in a once male dominated industry.
Women such as Katy Winge and Lisa Byington have created a path for many women entering sports broadcasting. These women were some of the firsts to make their names known in the sports broadcasting world. That being said, women still have a lot of work to do to make themselves well known in the sports production industry and the sports world.
Andrews was quoted saying, “We still have not had a woman who is a head coach in the NBA. I’m hopeful that those strides are going to happen in my lifetime.”
On the other hand, the work women have put in to make themselves known is incredible. They deserve to be recognized. Sara Gaiero who is a coordinator producer of the game stated that it is truly powerful to see all women in the production room. Gaiero reflected on a time when there would only be men in the production room, you would only see maybe one woman.
When looking back, the moves women have made in sports production have been truly remarkable.