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About the Author

Betsy Ross was one of the first women to break into national sports media when she worked as an anchor on ESPN’s SportsCenter in the late 1990s. She held the position for five years. She is president and founder of Game Day Communications and has more than 20 years of experience as a sports and news anchor. Before anchoring SportsCenter and ESPN News, Ross worked at NBC News Channel and Cincinnati’s NBC affiliate, WLWT-TV, for seven years.
She continues to be involved in sports broadcasting as play-by-play anchor for women’s college basketball for ESPN, Fox Sports and other national and regional outlets, and as a sports reporter for Cincinnati’s FOX 19. She is the host of a weekly sports interview segment, “The Front Row,” that airs Saturday mornings on WVXU-FM, the NPR affiliate in Cincinnati. She also teaches a master’s level course, Sports and PR, at Xavier University. She is active in a variety of organizations, including the Special Olympics, and the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association.
Ross is a native of Connersville, Indiana, received her bachelor’s degree at Ball State University and master’s degree at the University of Notre Dame. She is on the board of the Ball State University Foundation. She has received the Sagamore of the Wabash award, the highest civilian award given to Indiana residents, and is a Kentucky Colonel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Clerisy Press (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578604605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578604609
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,811,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a freelance female sports writer, I found the topic of the book incredibly interesting. However, it lacks a deeper perspective of women's role in sports. Betsy Ross tells in the stories of her and other women who have found their way in the testosterone saturated world of sports. Ross, a journalist, not only presents the profiles of other female journalists but of female athletes, coaches and team managers. While every women has a unique story, the profiles become formulaic. They all follow the pattern of
- how she got into sports
- her resume
- how her gender hindered her
- advice for the younger generation.

Also, everyone cheers about Title IX, the legislation that has helped provide equal opportunities for both genders in sports. Everyone that Ross talks to has no problem with Title IX until the very end of the book where negative issues are given a page. While Ross's book deserves to be read by young women who would like to enter sports, it glosses over more important issues.
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I really enjoyed reading about Betsy's experiences as a young woman trying to make it in the cutthroat and male-dominated sports industry. I liked that Betsy interviewed women from a diverse range of professions because it provides a well-rounded perspective on gender issues throughout the entire sports industry, in a way that inspires and empowers female readers. I would recommend this book to all young women who are about to enter the professional world.
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Good stories here for any young lady who hopes to make a living in sports or sports media, I hope parents give this book to teen daughters.
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I purchased it as a gift.
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