McPeak giving next generation representation in all-woman broadcast originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
When Monumental Sports and Entertainment's Meghan McPeak puts her headset on for the Raptors' Wednesday night game on TSN, she'll be as the play-by-play voice of the NBA's first all-woman broadcast crew.
"I guess the biggest one is growing up in Canada, I didn't have someone who looked like me who was a female working in sports to look up to, and to respect, and to see that representation matter," McPeak said as a special guest of Tuesday night's "Wizards Pregame Live" show. "Now for this to come full cycle for myself, it's a fantastic opportunity that we have, but the measure and the magnitude of what we're doing is not lost one me,"
McPeak, voice of the Mystics and Capital City Go-Go, was an ideal fit to serve as the lead commentator for Wednesday night's showdown. As a Black woman and as a former guard at Humber College in Toronto, McPeak also served as the Toronto 905s play-by-play broadcaster for three seasons before coming to Monumental Sports.
"So, now to look forward that there's going to be little girls, not in just Canada but around the world, that will be able to look up and see in us, themselves. That's really what we're doing this for, or at least myself," McPeak said. "And they can look up and say I want to do what they're doing because they look like me."
McPeak said it was John Wiggins, the Raptors' vice-president of organizational culture and inclusion, who got the idea to come to fruition and Monumental Sports' permission to have McPeak join the momentous occasion.
"They're showing that they're also a part of the change that we want to see with sports, and women and sports," McPeak said in thanking Zach and Ted Leonsis, and the entire Monumental team.
McPeak's broadcast crew includes WNBA All-Star Kia Nurse as the color commentator and TSN anchor Kayla Grey as the sideline reporter.
"You look at a traditional broadcast for a game and you have the play-by-play, the analyst, and the sideline reporter, we're going to be doing something that has not been seen. All three of those roles will be Black women. And that's not been done in Canada," McPeak said.
It hasn't been done in the United States, either. Still, McPeak recognized that pioneers from Doris Burke in the broadcast realm to Becky Hammon in coaching circles with the San Antonio Spurs, there has been plenty of women who have blazed the trail so McPeak can take that progress another step forward. But she's not satisfied yet.
"Two things can be right at the same time. A lot of progress can be made, and not enough progress has been made," McPeak said.
McPeak mentioned Mystics guard Natasha Cloud as someone who's helped her to become more vocal about the social and racial issues around the country. In one conversation, McPeak said Cloud told her that she couldn't take it anymore.
"And that's what gave me the power within to also be able to say, 'You know what. I'm gonna say what I want to say, and how I feel because it's authentic, it's real, I am living this life on a daily basis," McPeak said.