Meet the NBA's First Full-Time Female Analyst
Yet another woman has shattered the glass ceiling in the world of sports broadcasting.
On Friday, Fox Sports Carolina announced that Stephanie Ready will join the Charlotte Hornets' booth as the first full-time female NBA team analyst.
— theScore NBA (@theScoreNBA) August 27, 2015
The announcement came just a couple days after ESPN named Jessica Mendoza the first female MLB analyst.
Ready has been the Charlotte Hornets sideline reporter for the past 12 seasons.
According to ESPN, Ready will join play-by-play announcer Eric Collins and former Charlotte Hornets player Dell Curry.
Ready knew she wanted to work in a field where women were less prevalent.
"This is actually the reason I got into television in the first place," Ready told Fox Sports Carolina, according to ESPN.
"I didn't set out to blaze a trail or be the first. It just naturally came because of the work that I was doing. Having said that though, I think that things happen for a reason and that there’s some people who may not be ready to do something because there’s a lot that comes with that.”
This is not the first time that Ready has made history.
According to ESPN, she entered the NBA Development League's (NBDL) history books as the first woman to coach a men's professional sports team when she joined the Greenville Groove as an assistant coach in 2001.
She was also the third woman to coach a Division I men's team when she was named an assistant coach in 2001, becoming the first full-time recruiting assistant on any staff.
Ready thanked everyone in a tweet for all their kind words and support:
— Stephanie Ready (@StephanieReady) August 28, 2015
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