NFL announcer Beth Mowins, center, and analyst Tim Brown are shown in the broadcast booth during an NFL preseason football game between the Oakland Raiders and the St. Louis Rams in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Beth Mowins to be 1st woman to call NFL game in 30 years
May 19, 2017
ESPN has tapped Beth Mowins to call the second part of a season-opening "Monday Night Football" doubleheader. It will be in September. She will be the first woman do play-by-play duties on an NFL game in 30 years.
The network says Mowins will team with former NFL Coach Rex Ryan when the Los Angeles Chargers visit the Denver Broncos. That is on Sept. 11.
Mowins joined ESPN in 1994. She has called college football for the network since 2005. She has also done play-by-play for preseason Oakland Raiders games. Those games were broadcast locally.
ESPN Senior Vice President Stephanie Druley says Mowins "deserves this opportunity."
Ryan came to ESPN after being fired by the Buffalo Bills last year. He also coached the New York Jets.
The last woman to call an NFL game was NBC's Gayle Sierens in 1987.
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