Earlier this week, the Toronto Raptors announced that they will have an all-female broadcast crew on Mar. 24 when they play the Denver Nuggets on a game that will be broadcast on TSN. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.
The game is part of a celebration of women in sports and will be the first all-female broadcast team in NBA history. Since TSN is a Canadian network, we can watch it on NBA League Pass or listen to it on SiriusXM Radio. As you are aware, the Raptors are playing the entire 2020-21 NBA season in Tampa because of the coronavirus pandemic and Canadian restrictions.
We aren’t Raptors HQ, so you may be wondering why I’m talking about them. It’s because you’ll hear a familiar voice doing play-by-play if you watch Washington Mystics and Capital City Go-Go games. Their play-by-play announcer Meghan McPeak will be behind the mic as Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and Kyle Lowry (barring a trade or injury) take on Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter (again, barring trades or injuries).
Darren Haynes of WUSA-TV had a feature on McPeak last Tuesday. In an interview with Haynes, McPeak said that the game isn’t notable just because of an all-female broadcast crew.
The in-game staff that night will all be women of color, including Phoenix Mercury guard Kia Nurse, who will be the color analyst and TSN SportsCenter anchor Kayla Grey, who will be the sideline reporter. It’s also notable that they are Canadian women of color since this is a TSN game, not an NBC Sports Washington one.
Kate Beirness and Amy Audibert will be the game’s studio analysts for TSN. They are also Canadians so this will definitely be a special game to watch for basketball fans who live north of the border.
Haynes also mentioned that there is only one NBA play-by-play announcer who is of color, Eric Collins of the Charlotte Hornets, though the majority of players are. In addition, McPeak is the only woman who will do any type of play-by-play announcing in the NBA. She announced a Wizards preseason game in 2018 as well.
McPeak has been involved in Raptors broadcasting before this opportunity. Before joining Monumental Sports Network, which airs Mystics and Go-Go games, McPeak was the play-by-play announcer for the Raptors 905 G-League affiliate and has done radio analysis for the Raptors themselves.
Congratulations Meghan for getting this opportunity to represent her country’s NBA team. We will definitely watch it on NBA League Pass or listen to it on SiriusXM radio!