Earlier today I was listing to 105.3 The Fan in Dallas and they had a debate about ESPN using Dorris Burke as a play by play person for the recent Mavericks and Blazers playoff game. This led to a ton of phone calls and texts on the topic, which got me to thinking about this issue at hand. While I am open to the idea of a woman doing the games and even open to the idea of them calling the game in a play by play fashion. While open to it, I don’t like it, it doesn’t sound right and it throws off the enjoyment of the actual sporting event at hand.
I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s and all you ever heard were old players and former coaches in the booth with the networks top play by play guy. Then they started to have sideline reporters which were also men, most former players. That was very cool to me because you could get an insight on the game and get a better understanding. While there are some great women sideline reporters who add a lot to the game, in it’s infancy that wasn’t the case, when women were first sideline reporters, it was just some eye candy to keep guys from making a beverage run during a break in the action.
Now a days you have sideline reporters like Erin Andrews who are the best in the business, but she does the work to add to the broadcast. But over the last year or so, ESPN has been rolling out Dorris Burke as a play by play person for college football, college basketball and now the NBA playoffs. Every time I tune into a game it just throws me off hearing her speak, I’m not saying she isn’t good at what she does, but it is a shell shock to hear a woman calling a Men’s sport. If she was calling a WNBA or Women’s college basketball game then it would work because it would fit the style of the game.
I am all for Women being part of sports, that is not at the issue here. But when I sit down to watch a football game, or the occasional basketball game, I would just prefer it to be a great play by play guy with a former coach or player doing the commentary. If you want to call me sexist on that, then so be it. But I bet most of you probably would agree with me, even if you don’t say it out loud.
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