When network sports television began airing back in the mid-to-late 1940's, it was a medium totally dominated by men. The very idea of a woman being included with relation to even talking about sports on TV was considered ludicrous at the time.
For almost three decades, this trend continued, and it wasn't until 1975 that a female had a prominent role in network sports broadcasting.
Since then, literally hundreds of women have graced the network airwaves, with varied success. Some were viewed as mere "eye candy", while others garnered awards and critical success.
Here is a list of twelve women who helped blaze the way for female sports broadcasters, and who made their own special mark in sports.