Baseball is bringing some equality to its broadcast booth.
ESPN is following in MLB’s footsteps. Jessica Mendoza and Melanie Newman will serve as the broadcast team on ESPN’s first ever all-women MLB broadcast Sept. 29, according to CNN. Mendoza told CNN the game was an opportunity for women to “hear a voice that represents them” in the booth.
“Honestly, each earmark is just another page,” Newman told CNN Business. “I feel fortunate to be the one handed this chance, it’s our responsibility until there are no more firsts and its just an even playing field of all-qualified professionals who happen to look different.”
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Mendoza also spoke of its importance, saying “it is important to have more people represent the game of baseball.”
“For young girls, women and Latinas, to hear a voice that represents them is so impactful for not only the sport to grow its audience, but to continue to broaden the opportunities for more young girls, women and Latinas to do the same,” Mendoza told CNN Business.
EXCLUSIVE: Melanie Newman and Jessica Mendoza are making history once again.
The duo will be ESPN's first all-woman broadcast team for an MLB game on September 29. https://t.co/0Qlsyn29yG
— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) September 21, 2021
Mendoza previously served as part of ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” booth. She was removed from the role in 2020
Traditional broadcasts and broadcasters are clearly a thing of the past.
It’s always great to see positive change happening.