How does a basketball referee make it to the NBA? How do refs work together on the court and what do they do to improve? As part of espnW’s “Women with Cool Sports Jobs” series, I spoke with the NBA’s only female referee, Lauren Holtkamp, to find out. More goes into the job than you probably realize.
If you knew John Saunders, it was likely from his 30-year career with ESPN/ABC, during which he served as a play-by-play broadcaster and studio host. What you didn’t know is that he suffered from depression. He kept it a secret from most people until writing all about it in his autobiography, Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope. I wrote about the book, published recently, a year after his death, for the Dana Foundation website.
As part of espnW’s “Women with Cool Sports Jobs” series, I spoke with Leila Dunbar, who appraises sports memorabilia for a living. If you have a sports, pop culture, or entertainment item, Dunbar can probably tell you how much it’s worth. Perhaps you’ve seen her on “Antiques Roadshow,” as she’s been a part of the show since its first episode in 1997. Click below to learn more about the famous, infamous, and quirky items she’s come across over the years.
You may recall the story I wrote in June about the lawsuit involving the Midland College softball program. A lot has happened since, and I have an update for Excelle Sports.
Erica Wheeler path from a dangerous neighborhood in Miami all the way to the WNBA was atypical. From losing her mother unexpectedly to dealing with the realities of lower-level international hoops, her positive attitude is inspiring.
On the 45th anniversary of Title IX, it is important to remember the women’s sports trailblazers. Michigan’s Carol Hutchins was a great athlete and has become college softball’s all-time winningest coach. But her more important contributors have come in fighting for opportunities for female athletes. In a story for espnW, I look back at Hutch’s Title IX history.
As part of espnW’s “Women with Cool Sports Jobs” series, I profiled Susan Lulgjuraj, the marketing communications manager for The Topps Company. You may remember Susan’s cameo in my story about baseball card collecting. In this article, she goes more in-depth about her job. If you know any women with a “cool” job related to sports in some way, let me know.