MEDIA WATCHDOG: Building The Ultimate Sports Babe

Street Talk MEDIA WATCHDOG: Building The Ultimate Sports Babe

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Have you noticed how the sports media landscape has changed dramatically, in a good way, over the last 15 years as women have now become a staple of broadcast outlets?
It’s actually the rarity these days to watch a college or professional event on television where a woman is not part of the on-air broadcast team. In addition, women’s sports, on all levels, are televised now more than ever before.
If you like sports, as I do, I am sure you do some if not all of the following; attend events in person, watch games on TV and listen to sports talk radio. Are there any of us that don’t do these activities with our moms, wives, daughters and female friends at least some of the time?  With this in mind I got to wondering what any sports fans’ definition of the “ultimate sports babe” (USB) would be.
Does this woman exist now?  Do you know her?  Is she a hybrid of several women in your life or a combination of well known female athletes and sports broadcasters?  I don’t have the answer and I want your help to find it.
I’ll get you started below with some names and categories to consider, but don’t feel restricted in any way. Send me your ideas of who the “ultimate sports babe” should be. After I compile your feedback, a follow-up column will reveal the results. Maybe she will be someone we all know from TV or radio or maybe she will be some unattainable model of perfection never to be found. 
Consider the following categories in your response:
Does it matter if your USB is a 1 or a 10?
Sports knowledge
How much does she need to know about your favorite teams, the local scene or the national scene?
Delivery / voice
If she is on the radio or TV do you care how she sounds when she talks about sports news and events?
Style / fashion
Are jeans and jerseys OK…or should she rock in an evening gown too?
Sports environment compatibility
Can you take her to the game, the tailgate and include her watching the game at your house?
Athletic ability
Do you care if she was a jock?  Do you care if she plays sports now?
Suggestions to help build the USB…
Media outlet / sport
Amy Fadool
Fox-45 TV Baltimore
Lisa Hillary
Comcast Sportsnet
Kelli Johnson
Comcast Sportsnet
Anita Marks
ESPN Radio
Amber Theoharis
Broadcaster / Reporter
Erin Andrews
Bonnie Bernstein
ESPN / ABC Sports
Michelle Bonner
ESPN Sportscenter
Linda Cohn
ESPN Sportscenter
Andrea Kramer
NBC Sports
Suzy Kolber
ESPN / ABC Sports
Chris McKendry
ESPN Sportscenter
Pam Oliver
Fox Sports
Lisa Salters
Michelle Tafoya
ESPN / ABC Sports
Tracy Wolfson
CBS Sports
Natalie Gulbis
Professional golfer
Mia Hamm
World Cup Soccer
Team USA
Anna Kournikova
Professional tennis
ATP Tour
Summer Sanders
Olympic Swimmer
Team USA

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Scot Kleinfeld

About Scot Kleinfeld

Scot is a Baltimore native, a Towson University graduate, and has followed sports since the early 1980's. Scot likes to go inside the numbers and get the real "411" on the wins and losses,  hence his Behind The Numbers column.   Besides being an avid sports fan, Scot has been involved with televison sports production as an Associate Producer since 1993 for WMAR, ESPN, ESPNU,ESPN2, and the former Home Team Sports network.  In addition to his television work Scot has written articles for Baltimore Magazine, Lacrosse Magazine and Patuxent Publishing.  These experiences make him a natural as the creator of the Media Watchdog, another of SK's fine contributions.   More from Scot Kleinfeld


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