Playing Ball with the Boys: The Rise of Women in the World of the Men's Sports

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Oct 29, 2010 - 240 pages
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Female sideline reporters are the fastest-growing trend in broadcasts of professional and college football: names like Suzy Kolber, Erin Andrews, and Andrea Kremer are now as well known as any of the men in the booth. But even more has been going on. In recent years women have garnered spots as sports columnists and reporters, talk-show hosts, and even coaches and team administrators. Yet there has never been a book about this phenomenon. Former ESPN news anchor Betsy Ross fills this gap with Playing Ball with the Boys, a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the emerging role that women play in sports broadcasting and reporting, as well as in the business of sports. Ross interviews a number of the biggest names from Kolber and Kremer to USA Today columnist Christine Brennan, Lesley Visser, and many others delivering firsthand accounts of the struggles and triumphs of women succeeding in what has long been a man's game.
 

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User Review  - unknown_zoso05 - LibraryThing

As a freelance female sports writer, I found the topic of the book incredibly interesting. However, it lacks a deeper perspective of women's role in sports. Betsy Ross tells in the stories of her and ... Read full review

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User Review  - HilaryEvans83 - LibraryThing

As a female sports fan who enjoys sports and curses at the television way more than my husband does, I really enjoyed this book. I live about an hour and a half from ESPN, and this book made me want ... Read full review

Contents

This is Sports Center 1 chapter 1 This is Sports Center chapter 2 It All Started on a Tennis Court 24 chapter 2 It All Started on a Tennis Court chapter ...
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Women in the Booth
62
Women Sports Reporters
79
A League of Their Own
92
The Business of Sports
118
Following Your Passion
140
They Call Her Coach
154
Driving Forces
169
Playing Ball With the Boys The Next Generation
189
afterword
201
sources
204
photo credits
211
about the author
213
Back Cover Material
215
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