It is known that the NBA is a trendsetter in many areas. The strongest and most commercial sports competition on the planet was once again a first. The match between Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets brought an all-female TV crew into the NBA for the first time.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment hosted the first all-female TV crew in NBA history, with Kate Beirness and The Sports Network’s Amy Audibert as studio hosts. Meghan McPeak did the play-by-play, Kia Nurse (Canadian national team and Phoenix Mercury / WNBA) was the analyst and Kayla Gray did the interviews on court. The event is part of Toronto Raptors and MLSE’s plan to spotlight and celebrate women’s contributions to sports during Women’s History Month. (View the images here)
It also brought luck to the Raptors. After nine consecutive defeats, the team from Canada was able to cheer again. Pascal Siakam (27 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists), Fred Van Vleet (19 points) and OG Anunoby (23 points, including 5 bombs) propelled the Raptors to a 135-111 victory against Denver Nuggets.