The two sports announcers will be ESPN’s first all-woman broadcast team for a nationally televised Major League Baseball game on September 29. The game will mark the first time ESPN has had an all-woman broadcast team for a MLB, NBA, NFL regular season or playoff game. The teams that will be playing are not yet determined.
Mendoza is a two-time Olympic medal winner and was a four-time All-American on Stanford University’s softball team.
“Honestly, each earmark is just another page,” Newman told Fintech Zoom 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.”
Mendoza echoed Newman’s sentiments, 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,” she told Fintech Zoom Business.
She also believes that representation is important in growing America’s first professional sport.
“Representation absolutely matters,” Newman said. “The number of younger girls who have felt they couldn’t be a fan of sports in general solely out of not seeing women in front still amazes me.”
The fan met Newman after the game, and Newman signed her poster.