For The First Time Ever, Two Women Will Commentate An NFL Game

"We will be bringing a different voice and viewpoint."

Two women will make history this Thursday during a football game between the Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings. Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm will be the first female commentator duo to call an NFL game. According to Bleacher Report, the pair will commentate 11 games this season for the Amazon Prime Video NFL package.

An Amazon press release from Business Wire explains that viewers of Thursday Night Football can choose to listen to Joe Buck and Troy Aikman (as broadcast on Fox), or one of three Prime-exclusive audio streams, including Kremer and Storm. As Prime Video Vice President Greg Hart said in a statement, "NFL fans will hear history made this season — bringing two female announcers together to call an entire NFL game has never been done before."

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"I can't imagine embarking upon this new role with anyone better than Andrea," Storm said of the news. "A lifelong friend with Pro Football Hall of Fame credentials, she is the perfect partner. Together we're looking forward to offering a new option for Prime members on Thursday nights and I'm excited to get to work!"

Kremer said the opportunity is "truly special," adding, "Hannah is a brilliant journalist and she has been a friend for many years. With decades of experience as storytellers, we will be bringing a different voice and viewpoint to covering the game of football."

Sports isn't always a welcoming place for female broadcasters. Last year, Beth Mowins became the first woman to call a game on Monday Night Football, and received a number of complaints about her voice from men on Twitter. 

"As women in high-profile sports broadcasting jobs, we get criticized from head, and hair, to toe," Kremer told the New York Times following the backlash. "We are in a subjective business, and the haters are always going to find something they don't like about us because they don't want us there."

Other women who have managed to break the glass ceiling in the field include Aly Wagner, who became the first woman to call a World Cup game on U.S. television earlier this year. In 2016, Stephanie Ready and Ann Meyers became the first female duo to commentate an NBA game. Before that, Jessica Mendoza was the first woman to call a nationally broadcast MLB playoff game. 

Both Kremer and Storm are certainly experienced. According to Amazon's press release, Kremer, who has covered more than 25 Super Bowl games, is currently the chief correspondent for the NFL Network, and recently received the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. She also appears on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and CBS Sports Network's WE NEED TO TALK.

Storm, meanwhile, is an anchor on ESPN SportsCenter, and was the first female host of CNN Sports Tonight. She was named one of Adweek's "30 Most Powerful Women in Sports," and has produced projects on networks such as ESPN and SEC Network through her production company Brainstormin' Productions. 

The NFL is making progress on the field as well. In 2015, Sarah Thomas became the league's first full-time female referee, and Jen Welter was hired by the Arizona Cardinals as the NFL's first female coach. They met and shook hands before a preseason game between the Cardinals and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Cover image: Business Wire

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