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First All-Female NBA Broadcast Features Strong Penn State Ties

On Wednesday, ESPN will make history by hosting the first NBA game called and broadcasted completely by women. Interestingly enough, the crew — Lisa Salters, Beth Mowins, and Doris Burke — features some deep Penn State connections.

Salters, a Penn State alumna and former women’s basketball star, headlines the group calling Wednesday night’s Warriors-Jazz matchup. She played for the Lady Lions in 1987 and 1987 before graduating with a broadcast journalism degree in 1988. Once playing guard at 5’2″, Salters still ranks as the shortest player in program history.

Currently, Salters works as a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football as well as NBA games on both ESPN and ABC. Additionally, she operates as a co-host of ESPN’s “E:60” documentary series.

Back in 2018, Salters served as Penn State Homecoming’s grand marshal.

Mowins and Burke also have connections to Penn State. Mowins has called several Lady Lions games throughout her early career and currently works with ESPN and CBS Sports. Burke, on the other hand, worked for the Penn State Television Network as a women’s basketball analyst in the early 1990s.

Behind the scenes of Wednesday night’s Warriors-Jazz matchup, 33 additional women on staff at ESPN will support the broadcast alongside Salters, Mowins, and Burke.

The historic all-women broadcast will tip off at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9, on ESPN.

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