CBS: We're Making 1st All-Female Sports Show

Lesley Visser, Dana Jacobson reportedly among the hosts

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 9, 2014 2:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – The first all-female sports talk show is coming to television on CBS Sports—to be hosted, directed, and produced by women, The Big Lead reports. "We have been discussing and developing the show for well over a year," says David Berson, President of CBS Sports. "Internally and externally, there’s been universal enthusiasm and across-the-board support." He didn't reveal who will host the still-untitled show, due to start in September, but anonymous sources say Lesley Visser, Dana Jacobson, and Amy Trask will rule the desk, with Jenny Dell, Tracy Wolfson, and Allie LaForce on the sidelines.

It will be "a sports talk show featuring women; it’s not intended to be a women’s sports issue show," says Berson. Other sources "say it will be something akin to The View meets Pardon the Interruption," reports The Big Lead—which got a snarky reaction at The Week: "Seriously: Would you ever see a male-led sports talk show described as 'akin to The View'?" The news comes just after Paul Farhi at the Washington Post called for more female sports panelists on TV ("Don’t women have opinions, too?") and about two weeks after another women-in-sports-media story made headlines: Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice got a two-game suspension for knocking out his girlfriend at a casino, and female reporters received vicious attacks on social media for calling it too light a punishment, reports Mashable.

In this photo released by ESPN, co-host of the ESPN First Take morning show Dana Jacobson is shown in New York, on Sept. 8, 2006.
In this photo released by ESPN, co-host of the "ESPN First Take" morning show Dana Jacobson is shown in New York, on Sept. 8, 2006.   (AP Photo/ESPN, Lorenzo Bevilaqua)
Television personality Lesley Visser accepts the outstanding journalist award during The Billie Awards presented by the Women's Sports Foundation in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Tuesday, April 15, 2008.
Television personality Lesley Visser accepts the outstanding journalist award during The Billie Awards presented by the Women's Sports Foundation in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Tuesday, April 15, 2008.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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