Play-by-Play Booth Still Boys-Only Club

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2009 4:43 PM CST

Andrea Kremer’s done nearly everything in sports journalism: produced, directed, and won Emmys for her stories. But come game time, she—like most women sports journalists—are stuck on the sidelines, the Washington Post reports. The play-by-play booth is reserved almost exclusively for men, who will broadcast the Final Four, the Masters, the World Series, and yes, tomorrow’s Super Bowl.

On record, most women journalists say the sidelines are fine, but privately they seethe. “This is the most misogynist part of society,” said one sideline reporter. “It’s the last bastion of acceptable sexism.” Worse, an unattractive man—sorry, John Madden—can thrive in sports journalism, while women need to be lookers. But "the industry is changing, and this, too, will change," said an ESPN exec.
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