Women Play A Bigger Role In NFL

By Shannon Prather
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As Super Bowl weeekend gets underway, the NFL’s “In the Huddle” Women’s Summit takes place today. The gathering highlights gains made by women in football and the growing number of professional opportunities for women in sports.

Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Women now make up nearly half of the NFL’s fan base with 86 million tuning in last season. Women also are occupying more executive offices in the NFL.

And now, they are closer to the game than ever with a small number of female trailblazers working as trainers, assistant coaches and a sidelines referee. CBS and ESPN sportscaster Beth Mowins made history this season when she called play-by-play for an NFL game.

The NFL “In the Huddle” Women’s Summit on Friday at the Pantages Theatre will highlight these gains and the growing professional opportunities for women in sports. The NFL, the Minneapolis Super Bowl Host Committee and the Vikings have invited 300 Minneapolis-area female college and graduate students alongside more than 200 associated with the NFL.

NFL Chief Marketing Officer Dawn Hudson and her team started the summit three years ago.

“There are lot of career opportunities for women in sports. How do you go about developing those careers?” Hudson said.

Currently, more than 100 women are executives -vice president level or above — with the NFL or one of its 32 teams.

Still, more work needs to be done to move more women into the pipeline to assume leadership roles, NFL execs acknowledge.

Vikings Chief of Staff Tina Holmes and three of the team’s vice presidents are women. Several will speak about career development at the summit.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Minnesota Vikings Owner and President Mark Wilf also are expected to attend.
Whereas as last year’s summit in Houston focused on middle school and high school girls, this year’s Minnesota organizers selected young women launching their careers.

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