CBS Makes History Launching The 1st All-Female Sports Show

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If you are a woman who loves sports and wish there was more of a female presence in the sports media, then you are about to have your dreams come true!

CBS, aka the most watched TV network in the USA, has announced it will be launching an all-female sports talk show in September. CBS is home to hits such as ‘NCIS’ which is the most watched drama in the world, and the no.1 drama on US television for five straight season.

On the sports front, CBS is one of the official broadcaster of the Superbowl, along with Fox and NBC who rotate the rights each season. The 2014 Superbowl on Fox, where the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos became the most watched television event in US history, drawing 112.2 million viewers. In 2013, the CBS broadcast of the game brought in 108.4 million viewers, and 2012 saw 111.3 million viewers on NBC. Needless to say, being one of the networks that houses the most popular drama in the world, and the most popular single sporting event in the US makes for a winning combination, and a great platform to launch an all-female sports talk show.

In an interview with The Big Lead, President of CBS Sports David Berson said the all-female talk show will not only feature women sports broadcasters, but it will also be produced and directed by women. Winning!

“We’re really excited and proud to be launching the first ever all female sports talk show. We have been discussing and developing the show for well over a year. Internally and externally, there’s been universal enthusiasm and across-the-board support,” he said.

There have not been any host announcements or details on the format of the show, but they will be revealed over the next few weeks. Sources from the network are describing the show as a cross between ‘The View’ and ‘Pardon the Interruption’, however David Berson did make stress it was “a sports talk show featuring women; it’s not intended to be a women’s sports issue show.”

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The fact that a major US TV network has the wherewithal to acknowledge women can be authorities on sports as well as men is a huge step forward for women in the industry. It has taken a long time for our gender to break barriers in the sports broadcasting world, but it is happening.

Just look at the success of women like Erin Andrews, and CBS Sports anchor Lesley Visser pictured above (hotly tipped to be a host on the new show) who is the only woman to be enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame. During the recent FIFA World Cup, British female sportscaster Lynsey Hipgrave (pictured below) was the only female presence on ESPN’s coverage of the tournament, which is pretty dismal, but hey it’s a start.

Elsewhere in the sports world, the recent announcement of Becky Hammon being chosen as the first female to be a paid member of an NBA team’s coaching staff also made history. She has been named as the new assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs starting in the 2014-2015 season.

The reason this is significant is because CBS’ David Bermon the show would include “personalities from other media companies” as well as current and former athletes and team executives.

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“It’s long overdue,” Berson said. “We feel we’re the right network and place for it with a tremendously respected roster of female sports journalists.”

These women have earned their dues and respect because they haven’t faltered in the face of sexism and harassment, examples of which can be seen here and here.

They say success is the best revenge and this move by CBS exemplifies this. The moral of the story is this: ladies we face opposition in a variety of industries and circumstances. Don’t let that stop you from doing what you’re good at, because you just never know when you might make history.

As for all those misogynistic attitudes which still exist toward women in sports, all we can say is it must suck to have a career based on pettiness, negativity and putting others down. Keep it up, because you are only forcing the rest of us to be more determined!

Stay tuned as we will be reporting more on this developing story as CBS releases more details.

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10 Comments

  1. I’m good as long as I see women of color, and there are a lot of colors in the rainbow of culture.

  2. Makes me wonder how much of a sports fan are you? The 2014 Super Bowl was on Fox not CBS. If the show is on CBS sports channel(which I would think that is where it will be located)it probably will not get many viewers. Lot of people can not get that channel(I can) &the CBS sports channel isn’t very good right up there with NBC sports coverage it has boring shows that they run over through the day. I will give it a chance &hope for the best!

  3. Just wanted to say that I like that you made the corrections to your story! Now it’s a good story.

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