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First Female CBS Play-by-Play Broadcaster to Call Browns-Colts Game

If you’re someone who doesn’t bother to look or maybe even care who is doing the television announcing for the games involving the Browns on Sunday, what you hear this week may be a little bit of a surprise.

For just the third time in NFL history, a woman will be behind the mic as the lead play-by-play announcer, as Beth Mowins will be the lead for the Browns and Colts in Indianapolis, with Jay Feely as the color man in the broadcast booth.

You may have already heard Mowins on television this season, as she was the play-by-play voice for the second Monday Night Football game in week one, calling the game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos.

When she makes the call between the Browns and Colts Sunday, she will make history, as she will be the first female play-by-play announcer for the NFL on CBS in its 58-year history.

If you’ve heard of Mowins, it’s probably for her calling women’s college sports, or possibly when shew was on the broadcast team for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Mowins said to CNN that being in the broadcast booth of just about any sport has always been a dreams of hers.

“I also knew pretty early on just from watching a lot of sports on TV that I wasn’t going to be the coach or I wasn’t going to be the guy that played in the NFL or in Major League Baseball,” Mowins said. “But that other guy, the play-by-play guy, maybe that I was a role that I could do.”

Mowins won’t be the first female to call an NFL game, as back in 1987, Gayle Sierens got the call for a game between the Chiefs-Seahawks. It was her one and only time in the broadcast booth calling an NFL game.

While she will get the chance on the national stage Sunday, she’s already been on the Raiders preseason games since 2015.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.



  1. Gary Jackson

    September 24, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    This game is played by men and it should be announced by men.

  2. Debra

    September 24, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    She is hard to understand

  3. Glenn

    September 24, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    This announcer is terrible.

  4. Glenn

    September 24, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    This announcer is terrible. She doesn’t do anything to enhance the game.

  5. Nettie

    September 24, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Wow she is great! Even an old timer like me that is hard of hearing can make out what she is saying!You go girl!

    • SDS

      September 25, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      And I’m sure that fingernails on the chalk board are enjoyable to you!

  6. Bob

    September 24, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    I was glad to se she wasn’t anouncing when I came back in the house to watch the Colt’s game. I agree with the other comments, I didn’t like her voice and I think men should announce NFL games.

  7. Mark Cline

    September 24, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Yes her voice tone is dull. What are they thinking? I turned channel…listen thru radio. Not good for advertisers! Please replace her!!!!

  8. bj

    September 24, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    She really sucks!!!! If she wants to announce go announce for women not men. She has ZERO talent for this!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. sam

    September 24, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    What is the NFL thinking?????? Really hope they wake up after this

  10. janice

    September 24, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    I won’t watch another NFL games she announces…..She is so awful. Her voice has no depth or character to it.

  11. Bobby

    September 24, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Pitiful just pitiful everyone gets a trophy

  12. Karen

    September 24, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Please stop this social experiment!!!!

  13. Sharon

    September 24, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Seriously!?!?! Is the NFL TRYING to lose viewers???? I will NEVER watch a game with a woman announcer!!!!!! This PC crap needs to stop!!!

  14. Mark

    September 24, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Wow even the women here watching the game can’t stand her voice. Not quite sure of goal here but not helping the Colts any! We’ve turn channel.

    • Karen

      September 24, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      I’m a Browns fan watching on DirectTV so this is doubly difficult to watch. 🙂

  15. Lea

    September 24, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    I’m not against females doing the job if they can add to the listening experience. She is TERRIBLE !!! Can’t understand, very dull and she just announced that a player “LOST HIS HAT” !!!! Geeze lady – even I know that football players don’t wear hats. Stupid decision to put her behind the mic. If I had a different station to listen to I would have changed that channel in the first 5 mins of the game.

  16. Cullen Phillips

    September 24, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Everyone has a dream job. This might be her’s but she is not very good at it. She just needs to stop talking so much.

  17. Jim Meng

    September 24, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    I am having a hard time listening to a person announce the Colt/Browns game that is just reading script and saying what we see with no experience of how to play or the inside part of the game. And the other announcer… please neither one of them have a clue. CBS is famous for having the background noise so loud you have to struggle to hear the announcers anyway and it has always been a distraction and now there are three distractions. Pause, dead air, Pause… producer tell me what to say! Wake up CBS! How can you have such great people and then this??? Sound is off and playing music watching the game.

  18. Mark

    September 24, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    I don’t turn on NFL football to hear Beth Mowens or any other female announcer. Think it’s cute, networks? Enjoy your lower ratings, I’ll use the radio for play-by-play or do something else if this experiment continues.

  19. SDS

    September 25, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I’ve been saying it for two weeks now and I’m not alone. Jury has spoken…and ladies LISTEN UP! It has nothing what so ever to do with GENDER! If your job is speaking to people…whatever the venue it is CRITICAL that you have a speaking voice that is not offensive to the people you are actually speaking to! Why is this so difficult for you women to understand? Just because the majority of people complaining about Beth Mowins are men that’s because the majority of people who watch the NFL games ARE MEN! We’re not being SEXIST… we’re being HONEST. She simply has an obnoxious sounding voice!!! Why won’t any one TELL HER?

  20. Dave Moore

    September 26, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Cannot stand listening to this want to be a man monotone awful announcer. I would not watch any college game that she was calling and will mute the tv and listen to the local radio announcer for any of my home teams.

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