Beth Mowins continues to make history.
Mowins, whose star has risen on ESPN college football and basketball games, was recently tabbed by the network to do play-by-play on one of its season-opening Monday Night Football games. Now she’s also been put on one of CBS’ NFL announcing teams.
She will be joined by analyst Jay Feely, former NFL place-kicker. Their first game will be the Sept. 24 Browns-Colts game.
Mowins’ NFL debut will be the ESPN Chargers-Broncos game on Sept. 11. That will be the second of two Monday night games. The opener will be the Saints and Vikings. She will work with former NFL coach Rex Ryan.
The only other woman to call an NFL game was Gayle Sierens for NBC in 1987.
At the time of the MNF announcement, Mowins told The Associated Press: “I understand the significance of it and the importance of this moment and I hope there are a lot of young girls and young boys out there who not necessarily see me as a play-by-play announcer but as a kid who had a dream and had wonderful support from family and friends to pursue that dream and put in a lot of sweat equity to get the opportunity.”
CBS’ other announcing teams, from top to bottom are:
- Jim Nantz/Tony Romo/Tracy Wolfson
- Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts/Evan Washburn
- Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/Jamie Erdahl
- Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
- Andrew Catalon/James Lofton
- Spero Dedes/ Adam Archuleta
- Tom McCarthy /Steve Tasker/Steve Beuerlein
The big thing for CBS this season will be the addition of Romo with Nantz on the No. 1 team. He replaces Phil Simms, who moves to The NFL Today pregame show.
FOX FILLS OUT ITS LINEUP
Fox also released how its NFL talent will be set up this season. The most interesting thing in its lineup is Mark Schlereth, formerly with ESPN, being an analyst with Chris Myers. Fox’s teams, from top to bottom:
- Joe Buck/Troy Aikman/Erin Andrews
- Kevin Burkhardt/Charles Davis/Pam Oliver
- Kenny Albert/Ronde Barber/Kristina Pink
- Chris Myers/Daryl Johnston/Laura Okmin
- Dick Stockton/Mark Schlereth/Shannon Spake
- Thom Brennaman/Chris Spielman/Peter Schrager
- Sam Rosen/David Diehl/Jennifer Hale
EXHIBITIONS ON DISPLAY
One of this weekend’s NFL preseason games will be shown on three Los Angeles TV stations. The Rams play the Raiders at Oakland at 7 p.m. PDT Saturday and the game will be shown on KCBS (Channel 2), which shows Rams preseason games in the L.A. market, and also on KTLA (Channel 5), which, for some reason, shows Raiders games. The third station is KFTR (Channel 46), which shows Rams preseason games in Spanish.
Sunday’s Chargers game against New Orleans at StubHub Center will be shown by KABC (Channel 7) at 5 p.m. Sunday.
On national TV this weekend, ESPN shows Buccaneers-Jaguars at 5 p.m. Thursday and Giants-Browns at 5 p.m. Monday. NFL Network’s live games will be Vikings-Seahawks at 7 p.m. Friday, Panthers-Titans at noon Saturday, Colts-Cowboys at 4 p.m. Saturday, Broncos-49ers at 7 p.m. Saturday and Falcons-Steelers at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Tommy Hawkins, who played for the Lakers and was an L.A. sportscaster before becoming an executive for the Dodgers, died Wednesday in Malibu. He was 80.
Hawkins, the first black All-American at Notre Dame, was drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1959 and came with the team to Los Angeles in 1960. He sandwiched six seasons with the Lakers with four seasons with the Cincinnati Royals in between.
After he retired from the NBA in 1969, he joined KNBC (Channel 4) as a sportscaster. Ventura County sports fans may remember Hawkins and Ross Porter broadcasting Cal Lutheran’s NAIA Division II national football championship game in 1971. Porter would later go on to become a Dodgers broadcaster.
“A true renaissance man,” Porter said of Hawkins in the Los Angeles Times. “He was interested in so many things and he would learn them, study them.”
Hawkins’ interests included poetry and jazz. His son Kevin told AP that Hawkins self-published a book of poetry and was in the midst of writing a memoir on his basketball career when he died.
He also had a radio stint with KABC (790 AM) and later co-hosted a morning show with Stephanie Edwards on KHJ-TV, now KCAL (Channel 9).
Hawkins was hired in 1987 by the Dodgers to be vice president of communications, working for the team until 2004.
The Dodgers held a moment of silence for Hawkins before their game against the White Sox on Wednesday night.
UP & DOWN THE DIAL
The NBA schedule was released this week. The Lakers will have 23 national TV games on TNT (11), ESPN (11) and ABC (1), including their Oct. 19 season opener against the host Clippers on TNT. The Clippers have 19 games on national TV, nine on TNT, 10 on ESPN, none on ABC. The Lakers play on Christmas night against Minnesota, but the Clippers will be off on Christmas for the first time in seven years. … The PGA Championship attracted a 3.6 big-market overnight rating on CBS, the lowest for the event since 2008 when it competed with the Beijing Olympics. … U.S. Amateur golf from Riviera Country Club continues on Fox Sports 1 at 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday before moving to Fox at 9 a.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. …
Mike Tirico continues to be more and more visible on NBC. The network announced this week he will replace Dan Hicks on play-by-play of Notre Dame football. Tirico filled in on three Irish games last season while Hicks was doing PGA Tour golf. … ESPN will cover Major League Baseball’s first Little League Classic at 4 p.m. Sunday. The St. Louis Cardinals will play the Pittsburgh Pirates at Williamsport, Pa., where the Little League World Series is going on. … HBO’s Real Sports (11 p.m. Tuesday) will be highlighted by an examination of the NFL Players Association. …
The P&G Gymnastics Championships from Anaheim’s Honda Center will be shown live at 8 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday on NBCSN and 10 a.m. Sunday (live) and at 7 p.m. (tape-delayed)Sunday on NBC. … ESPN will pull out all the stops on its season-opening college football telecast Aug. 31, showing the Ohio State-Indiana in its “MegaCast” mode. It adds “film room” and “homer” channels to its coverage as well as several other options online. … ESPN also has plans for a yearlong project on the history of college football during the sport’s 150th anniversary. … Turner Sports plans to launch a streaming sports service next fall to show UEFA Champions League and Europa League soccer games.