On Wednesday, Canadian fans and some fans elsewhere with NBA League Pass watched the Toronto Raptors’ 135-111 win over the Denver Nuggets at home in Tampa, their temporary location due to the coronavirus pandemic. They also watched history, not solely because of a franchise-record 24 made three-pointers) and not solely because they broke a nine-game losing streak, but because there was an all-female broadcast crew, the first in NBA history.
The NBA has its first ever all-female broadcast in league history for the Nuggets-Raptors game pic.twitter.com/yGoLm65hsY— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 25, 2021
What’s even more notable is that Washington Mystics and Capital City Go-Go play-by-play announcer Meghan McPeak was behind the mic. You can watch the highlights above.
Throughout the game, she and Phoenix Mercury guard Kia Nurse, who was the color analyst, called plays and gave their insights without missing a beat. I expected nothing less.
THIS BALL MOVEMENT RIGHT HERE > pic.twitter.com/mydelRaZMl— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 25, 2021
McPeak and Nurse, as well as sideline reporter Kayla Grey, and studio analysts Kate Beirness and Amy Audibert, were part of the crew for TSN, Canada’s largest sports network, as part of Women’s History Month.
After the game, they received praise from the public, but also from Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, who credited them for helping give the team good luck.
The NBA has featured more women in its ranks, whether it’s coaches or scouts on teams, referees calling fouls during games or color analysts in broadcast booths. And now, we also got a taste of what a game with an all-female broadcast crew was.
As I watched the game, if I didn’t know the historical significance of it, I probably wouldn’t have thought too much about the fact that McPeak or Nurse were calling and analyzing the game. That’s because they were doing their jobs as well as their male counterparts. Hopefully, we’ll see more women behind the mic behind these roles in the years ahead.