TSN will make Canadian broadcast history for a Toronto Raptors game later this month.
Today, the Raptors announced that women will hold every on-air role for their March 24 game versus the Denver Nuggets on TSN.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 8, 2021
Canadian Meghan McPeak will lead the play-by-play alongside Canadian national team member and TSN analyst Kia Nurse. Kayla Grey will handle sideline duties, while Kate Beirness and Raptors 905 analyst Amy Audibert will host the show and provide analysis.
This broadcast will be the first all-female NBA broadcast in Canada.
“We wanted to highlight the contributions that women make individually, across so many broadcasts, by bringing them all together,” John Wiggins, Raptors vice-president of organizational diversity and inclusion, said. “Yes, we’re making a point. We hope this leads to more recognition of the many roles women play in pro sports.
“And we especially hope that one of the takeaways from this is for girls at home who see Meghan or Amy or Kayla, and think, ‘hey, I could do that. There’s a place for me in sports.'”
“We’re proud to work with the Raptors to advance our shared goal: creating opportunities for women in our industry, not just this month, but throughout the year,” said Nathalie Cook, vice president of TSN and RDS.
“Kate, Kayla, and Kia are gifted broadcasters and valuable contributors to TSN’s fan-favourite Raptors coverage all season long. Along with Amy and Meghan, these uniquely talented women will come together as a tribute to the power of women in sport.”
As part of the team’s month-long celebration of women in sport, the broadcasters will participate in virtual events to share their experiences and give advice to young fans and community groups. They will also take part in a virtual panel with students from Ryerson’s Sport Business programs.