Beth Mowins will be on the call for ESPN’s Monday Night Football when the Los Angeles Chargers face the Denver Broncos during Week 1 of the NFL season. Mowins will be the first woman to call an NFL game in 30 years and the first woman provide the play-by-play for a nationally televised NFL game.
ESPN made the official announcement Tuesday. She will call the game alongside former Jets and Bills head coach Rex Ryan.
“This is an amazing opportunity and I look forward to working with Rex and our entire ESPN team,” Mowins said in a news release. “As lifelong fans of the NFL Monday Night Football franchise, we want to bring the same passion to the broadcast as our predecessors have all done.”
Mowins has been with ESPN since 1994 and has called multiple sports, including Big Ten football. Mowins’ broadcast will mark the first time a woman has been in a broadcast booth for an NFL game since Gayle Sierens did play-by-play during a regionally televised Seahawks-Chiefs game in the 1987 season.
The Chargers and Broncos will play in the second game of the ESPN Monday Night Football doubleheader on Sept. 11. It follows the game between New Orleans and Minnesota, which is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET. The MNF team of Sean McDonough and Jon Gruden will call the first game.