Hannah Storm, second from right, is joined by daughters Hannah, far left, Riley and Ellery at the 2010 premiere of ESPN Films’ documentary “Unmatched” at Tribeca Cinemas. Storm produced the documentary.
Hannah Storm, ESPN’s morning “SportsCenter” anchor and part of the upcoming Wimbledon coverage, conveyed these thoughts about the passage of Title IX:
Title IX was instrumental in the sense that it quantified an acceptance of women as equals on the field of play. That sensibility, in my mind, had a carryover effect as women became more and more accepted in other sports fields, including broadcasting.
For a public that became used to seeing women celebrated as athletes, there was a natural, increasing comfort level with seeing women commentators on all manner of athletic endeavors.
On a practical level, the emergence of more well-known Title IX female athletes, particularly in the team sports, provided more expert commentators for on-air work.