Sunday, December 28, 2014

Meet the women of TV’s first all-female CBS Sports talk show! Support

When CBS Sports Network taped the inaugural episode of “We Need To Talk” in late September, the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal was raging in the NFL — and at the water cooler.
Three of the show’s hosts shared similar stories: WNBA great Lisa Leslie bravely admitted that she’d been beaten by a former fiancé while the New York Liberty’s Swin Cash and Olympic swimmer Dara Torres shared their own painful stories.
A debate on the role of the victim ensued.
“I know there were some tears shed after the first show,” says Allie LaForce, a CBS Sports sideline reporter and one of the contributors to “We Need to Talk,” TV’s first all-sports show hosted completely by women.
“Because the big topic we were prepping for was domestic violence, and the statistic for women who are abused was proven on our first show, says LaForce.
“Nobody [on the show] knew it was going to happen.”
“WNTT,” which airs on cable’s CBS Sports Network, features a rotating roster of top female talent in the world of sports, not only Cash, Torres, Leslie and LaForce but also Leslie Visser, Tracy Wolfson, Dana Jacobson, Summer Sanders, Laila Ali, Andrea Kremer and former Oakland Raider’s CEO Amy Trask.

Instead of being relegated to a sideline reporter — or the lone women on a traditional all-male sports-talk format — these women take center stage, tackling diverse topics including domestic violence, concussions and a much-maligned Men’s Health article advising dudes how to talk sports with girls. (Spoiler: the fairer sex doesn’t care about stats.)
“WNTT” is wrapping its first season — and, on Saturday, will air a special broadcast episode on CBS (1 p.m.). It’s expected to return to its CBS Sports cable home in the spring with new episodes.

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