Interesting Firsts of Beth Mowins’ Sports Journalism Career and Details of Her Personal Life

There are a few women who have managed to thrive in male-dominated professions like sports reporting. A typical example is Beth Mowins who came to be well-known basically because of her job as a sports commentator. There is also her play-by-play announcements as a sports journalist for ESPN and CBS. Beth’s career kicked off in 1991 and since then, the sportscaster has got really busy with many moves across different networks and for each, she receives nothing but the best recommendations for a higher rank.

Her hard work paid off in 2005 when the limelight shone her way for making history as the second woman in ESPN to call nationally televised college football games. As a commentator, Beth has had the pleasure and honor of working with the best hands such as Cat Whitehill. Cat is a retired American professional soccer defender and a former assistant coach of the Boston Breakers in the NWSL who was on ESPN’s tertiary broadcast team for the telecasts of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Beth Mowins Launched Her Sportscasting Career In 1991

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Beth Mowins and colleague image source

After earning her Master’s from Syracuse University in 1986, Beth Mowins launched her career as a news and sports director for WXHC-FM Radio in Homer, New York, in 1991. By 1994, the sports reporter became part of ESPN, taking coverage of college sports which include football, basketball, soccer, softball, and volleyball. Beth has always functioned as the network’s lead voice on softball coverage; the Women’s College World Series inclusive. Subsequently, she was inducted into the Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 which came eight years after she began her career in sports reporting.

Mowins was part of ESPN’s tertiary broadcast team for the telecasts of the FIFA Women’s World Cup of 2011 alongside Cat Whitehill. By 2015, she worked for Oakland and Las Vegas Raiders’ pre-season television broadcasts as the play-by-play voice. As a sportscaster, she also calls for the NCAA softball on ESPN, making her one of the major Saturdays’ regular-season tripleheader on ESPN amongst her many other jobs.

In September 2017, she was the play-by-play announcer on ESPN’s Monday Night Football opening week late broadcast between the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos. With that, Beth Mowins made history by becoming the first woman to call a nationally-televised NFL game.

She Is Ranked Behind Gayle Sierens In The NFL Regular Seasons As The Second Female Play-by-Play Announcer

Mowins also made another history by becoming the second female play-by-play announcer in NFL regular season after Gayle Sierens did the same job in 1987 for NBC Sports.

According to the retired Tampa news anchor (Gayle Sierens), she really kicked that door down for women, but it apparently sprung right back up when she turned around and walked away. However, Beth has managed to bust through that same door, and she is someone who credits Gayle with having a significant influence on her career. According to reports, Beth Mowins was a mere college student with big dreams and a booming voice when Gayle called a Seahawks-Chiefs matchup on the final Sunday of the 1987 NFL season. In a bid to mark the occasion, the blossoming sports journalist (Beth) kept a little memento; she cut out a newspaper clipping on Sierens as a reminder that calling a National Football League game was an attainable goal.

It was during the 2010 NCAA women’s volleyball tournament that the two female sportscasters finally crossed paths for the first time; this happened when Beth was calling a national semifinal match that featured Sierens’ daughter. They exchanged pleasantries and phone numbers, striking up an instant friendship, and bonding over Gayle’s tales of that one afternoon she functioned as an NFL play-by-play announcer and Beth Mowins’ ultimate goal of reaching the same heights.

She Also Recorded Some Firsts On CBS

Beth Mowins seemed to enjoy the history she made in her career and went for another one when in 2017, she broke another jinx by becoming the first female play-by-play announcer for the NFL on CBS in its 58-year history. She called the season’s Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts matchup with Jay Feely in 2017. The sports correspondent is also recognized for being the female play-by-play announcer for the NBA, as well as College Basketball.

Throughout her career, Mowins announced for several games – both the ones mentioned above and many others. This only added to her numerous accomplishments, increased her fame, and made her smile to the bank more often. In 2018, Mowins called the Jets versus the Lions game in Detroit.

Beth Mowins’ Family Influenced Her Love For Sports

Born on the 26th of May 1967 in Syracuse, New York, Beth Mowins was brought up alongside three brothers. The Mowins family is known to have a flair for sports. While the sports commentator’s father worked as a basketball coach, her mother closely followed ice hockey.

For the love of sports that came from both parents, the family constantly watched different sports and perhaps that ignited the light of sports in Beth. At the very young age of about 9 or 10, Beth Mowins knew she had a future in sports after she watched and saw female sports announcers and commentators.

Beth Mowins Faced Accusations of Being A Closeted Lesbian For Several Years

Beth Mowins succeeded in keeping her private life away from the eyes of many for several years which led to accusations of her being gay. Speculations about the journalist’s potential gay status were roused chiefly because of her voice that many people claim often sounds like that of a man.

Amidst all the claims people have made about Mowins’ sexuality, there hasn’t been anything to give credence to that as she has chosen to be mute on any discussion that is not about her career. More so, despite her age, the famed media personality stayed without a husband until 2019 when she decided to give up the single life in favor of matrimony.

The Sportscaster Is Currently Enjoying Marital Bliss With Alan Arrollado

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Beth Mowins, her husband Alan Arrollado, and her friend Holly Rowe image source

People who have been accusing the baritone-voiced sports correspondent of being gay in the closet must have gotten the shock of their lives when the news of her engagement and wedding filtered out to the public arena.

Though we don’t have the full details on her nuptials, we know her husband’s name is Alan Arrollado and he is a sitting board president of the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS). He already finished his first tenure and was appointed for the second time on the 10th of July in 2015.

The couple exchanged the forever commitment on the 30th of June 2019. Their wedding was a private affair with only family members and close friends invited to witness the ceremony. Beth Mowins’ close friend Holly Rowe. Officiated at the wedding. For now, the duo lives in San Diego, California, with Alan’s son whom Beth has adopted.

Rejoice Ohmar
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