Beth Mowins
Mowins in 2015
Born
Elizabeth Mowins

(1967-05-26) May 26, 1967 (age 56)
EducationLafayette College (B.A.)
Syracuse University (M.A.)
TitlePlay-by-Play announcer and reporter for ESPN, CBS, and Marquee Sports Network
Spouse
Alan Arrollado
(m. 2019)
Children1

Elizabeth Mowins (born May 26, 1967) is an American play-by-play announcer and sports journalist for ESPN, CBS, and Marquee Sports Network.[1] She typically calls women's college sports, and became the second woman to call nationally televised college football games for ESPN in 2005.[2] She began doing play-by-play for NFL games in 2017 and became the first woman to call a nationally televised NFL game. In 2021, she became the first woman to call play-by-play for an NBA game on network TV.

Early life and education

Mowins was born in Syracuse, New York, having three brothers; her father was a high-school basketball coach.[3] She was a basketball, softball and soccer player at Cicero-North Syracuse High School in North Syracuse, New York.[4] She was captain of the varsity basketball team for two seasons at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.[3][5] She graduated from Lafayette with a BA in 1989, and from Syracuse University's S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a master's degree in broadcast and digital journalism in 1990.[4][6][7]

Career

Mowins began her career in 1991 as news and sports director for WXHC-FM Radio in Homer, New York, and is one of the 2009 inductees into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.[8]

Mowins joined ESPN in 1994, covering college sports, including basketball, football, softball, soccer and volleyball.[9] She has been the network's lead voice on softball coverage, including the Women's College World Series.

Mowins was paired with Cat Whitehill on ESPN's tertiary broadcast team for the telecasts of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.[10]

In 2015, Mowins became the play-by-play voice for Oakland and later Las Vegas Raiders pre-season TV broadcasts.[11]

In May 2017, Mowins was reported by Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch to be the chosen play-by-play announcer on ESPN's Monday Night Football opening week late broadcast between the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos.[12] She did that announcing job in September of that year, and thus became the first woman to call a nationally televised NFL game.[13][14] That also made her only the second female play-by-play announcer in NFL regular season history; Gayle Sierens was a play-by-play announcer for a game of the NFL regular season in 1987 for NBC Sports.[4]

Mowins also became the first female play-by-play announcer to call NFL for CBS Sports in the network's 58-year history when she called the 2017 season's Cleveland BrownsIndianapolis Colts matchup with Jay Feely.[15] In February 2021 Mowins was named as a fill-in play-by-play announcer for Chicago Cubs games on Marquee Sports.[16] On May 8, 2021, she became the first woman to call one of the team's regular season games.[17]

In 2021, Mowins made her NBC Olympics debut hosting softball for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.[7] In the same year, she began calling the NBA games on ESPN.[18] In 2022, she worked with analyst Doris Burke in calling an NBA game, as part of ESPN's plan to have an all-women broadcasting and production crew for the first time on a national scale.[19] Mowins and Burke returned together the following season during International Women's Day 2023.[20][21]

Personal life

Mowins is married to Alan Arrollado, and stepmother to his son, Matt.[22]

References

  1. ^ "Beth Mowins, Play-by-Play Announcer". ESPN MediaZone.
  2. ^ Hiestand, Michael (August 24, 2005). "Mowins gets call to do college football play-by-play". USA Today. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Women In Broadcasting, Part 4: Lisa Salters & Beth Mowins". NBA.com.
  4. ^ a b c Fortier, Sam (September 11, 2017). "Syracuse native Beth Mowins will be 2nd-ever woman to call 'Monday Night Football'". The Daily Orange. Retrieved October 27, 2022.
  5. ^ Nelson, Tracy (October 19, 2005). "Working Her Way Into The Game". College Sports Television. Archived from the original on December 30, 2005. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  6. ^ "Beth Mowins G'90: Los Angeles". la.syr.edu. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Enslin, Rob (July 20, 2021). "Orange Voices of the Summer Olympics". Syracuse University. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  8. ^ "Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame announces 2009 inductees". The Post-Standard. Syracuse, New York. June 30, 2009.
  9. ^ "Beth Mowins".
  10. ^ Brethertont, William (June 24, 2011). "Beat's Whitehill to work as ESPN commentator". The Marietta (GA) Daily Journal. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013.
  11. ^ "Broadcast trailblazer Beth Mowins relishes work with Raiders, NFL". RSN.
  12. ^ Deitsch, Richard (May 14, 2017). "Media Circus: Beth Mowins to call Sept. 11 Monday Night Football late game". Sports Illustrated.
  13. ^ "History Is Made As Beth Mowins Calls Broncos Game « CBS Denver". Denver.cbslocal.com. September 11, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  14. ^ Tanier, Mike (September 11, 2017). "Beth Mowins: From Backyard Quarterback to MNF's 1st Woman in the Booth". Bleacher Report. Retrieved October 27, 2022.
  15. ^ Williams, Charean (August 15, 2017). "CBS announces Beth Mowins to call Browns-Colts game". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  16. ^ Stebbins, Tim (February 17, 2021). "Marquee announces three fill-in broadcasters for Sciambi". NBC Sports Chicago.
  17. ^ "'Yes, you can': Another milestone for Mowins". MLB.com. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
  18. ^ "ESPN Play-by-Play Commentator Beth Mowins to Become the First Woman to Call an NBA Regular-Season Game on ESPN This Friday" (Press release). Bristol: ESPN. December 2, 2021. Retrieved May 30, 2023.
  19. ^ "Warriors vs. Jazz Broadcast to Have All-Woman Crew for 1st Time in ESPN's History".
  20. ^ "All-female ensemble set for broadcast of NBA game on ESPN". NBA.com. March 8, 2023. Retrieved May 25, 2023.
  21. ^ "ESPN Continues All-Women Led NBA Game & Studio Broadcasts in Celebration of International Women's Day on March 8" (Press release). Bristol: ESPN. March 3, 2023. Retrieved May 25, 2023.
  22. ^ Potts, Keri (November 21, 2019). ""ESPN's Beth Mowins, Come On Down! You're The First Play-By-Play Voice Of The Price Is Right!"". ESPN Front Row. Retrieved March 29, 2020.