For some female sportscasters, sex appeal has become an obstacle in their mission to gain respect. Melissa Stark replaced a woman 20 years her senior, Jill Arrington went sleeveless and Playboy's online readers got a chance to vote for the "Hottest Sports Babe" in hopes of someday seeing her naked. So it went this fall in the world of women sportscasters, where good looks have been the subject of discussion since Stark replaced veteran Lesley Visser in June during Don Ohlmeyer's overhaul of ABC's Monday Night Football. Meanwhile, Ward's turns in the booth, the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, passed with barely a mention, even though the so-called glass ceiling for female sportscasters has been a hot topic. Lately, though, there has been more talk about sportscasters as sex objects, and not for the first time. But many in the business figured that beauty no longer was a job requirement.
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It was nice to see a pretty face on the sideline once in a while. Her face won't be on the sidelines this year as she is pregnant and taking at least this season off. Congrats to Melissa Stark. I'd toast her but she can't drink alcohol. Anyone have a diet soda salute???
BalugaJoe : Game of Thrones? I'm fairly certain that an AI could accurately predict and provide all of the insights that sideline reporters get from their interviews. Focus on fundamentals, play as a team, establish the run to open the pass, execute in the red zone, don't turn the ball over, ad nauseam.