The world of sports broadcasting is primarily dominated by males. Sports, as a social convention, are often linked with macho male bravado. We sit down on Sunday’s and can watch football for 10 hours straight without batting an eye or lifting a finger, unless it’s for food, beer or the bathroom. So, while we watch these games, networks know these demographics and cater their broadcasters and reporters as such.
If breaking into sports broadcasting wasn’t hard enough, being a woman and doing so, could be looked at as even a more difficult task. However, when hard work and great ability meet good timing and opportunity, women can usurp men in the broadcast booth and as sideline reporters. It’s a step in the right direction for equality which continues to gain more and more traction, but is still not equivalent.
Social media has presented these reporters and broadcasters with a platform to make their own statements and gain a loyal and trusting following. Keeping up with these women in your Twitter feed will help keep you up to date on their progress and show you the in depth knowledge these women truly gain from their access and hard work.
10. Josina Anderson – @JosinaAnderson – A reporter for ESPN, Anderson is a good way to start off our list as an Emmy winner. Anderson covers the NFL flawlessly and her retweets of some NFL Stars will give you access and insight into some of the stars you don’t follow…yet.
9. Lindsay Czarniak – @lindsayczarniak – As a broadcaster and moderator for ESPN, Czarniak is a fresh face and up and comer with ESPN. As a huge football fan, the majority of her tweets will revolve around NFL and NCAA Football news, but her witty remarks also aren’t to be missed.
8. Kathryn Tappen – @KathrynTappen – The host of NHL Tonight on the NHL Network is oft over looked for her knowledge and insight based on the fact she covers a sport that’s about to have their second season in 7 years cancelled. Tappen, who tweets somewhat regularly, doesn’t confine herself to the NHL and is always interjecting her thoughts and opinions on other leagues activities.
7. Sam Ryan – @SamRyanMLB – As a host of MLB Network, Ryan features prominently in tweets regarding MLB news that includes but isn’t limited to bloopers, injuries, weird stats, and birthdays.
6. Kimberly Jones – @KimJonesSports – Of course I have an East Coast bias. Kim Jones has spots on the NFL Network and WFAN and constantly updates her twitter about injury information and rundowns of NFL games that are going on in real time.
5. Melissa Stark – @melissastark – The host of the NFL Network’s First on the Field on Sunday mornings from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. is a bubbly and informative personality who tweets some interesting tidbits of fact and hearsay on her Twitter page. She’s worth the follow even if her tweets are few and far between.
4. Rachel Nichols – @Rachel_Nichols – Nichols is an ESPN reporter that always seems to find her way to big games and is always somewhere on NFL Sunday. Her Twitter lets you get the inside scoop on her interviews and also can give you a more personal side to some of the athletes.
3. Sage Steele – @sagesteele – The ageless Sage Steele is the co-anchor for Sports Center on weekend mornings. So after you’re long night of partying and drinking, waking up to her isn’t the worst thing on your to do list. The pleasant Steele is a great interviewer (even though ESPN refuses to let her ask the controversial questions) and her Twitter provides a lot of fan interaction.
2. Michelle Beadle – @MichelleDBeadle – The former co-host of ESPN’s SportsNation has made her way to ABC and a bigger audience than she had before. Michelle’s upbeat personality and knowledge of both sports and entertainment give her an interesting look inside the world of athletes if you’re looking for more than just on the field performance. She’s also no stranger to posting awesome twitpics.
1. Erin Andrews – @ErinAndrews – The former College Game day sideline reporter has jumped to the big desk in studio for Fox and does a more than commendable job when interviewing athletes and moderating between the analysts on her spot. She still has time to get out into the field (she interviewed Derek Jeter at the 2012 MLB All Star Game) and has stayed grounded enough to interact with her fans as much as she can.