The Minnesota Vikings play the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday in what could be an extremely boring, if it goes to plan, game. However, history will be made one way or another. Beth Mowins will be the first female announcer to call a regular season Vikings game on broadcast television.
The Vikings have had a female announcer’s crew for their game in 2018 versus the Los Angeles Rams, however that was only for the broadcast of the game on Amazon Prime. The difference is significant as the number of people who stream a game through Amazon Prime versus those who watch the game over broadcast television is huge.
Mowins has covered NFL games as a broadcaster since 2015 when she first covered Oakland (now Las Vegas) Raiders preseason games as a play-by-play announcer. She also was the first female to call a Monday Night Football game, Week one of 2017 when the Chargers faced the Broncos, which in turn made her the first woman to call a nationally televised NFL game.
She has called College Basketball on CBS, the NBA on CBS, and she was the first female to call a game for the NFL on CBS. The Vikings game will be broadcast on CBS this Sunday, and I for one am looking forward to a fresh, new voice and an escape from Johnathan Vilma.