We’ve heard of women slowly breaking into the sports industry, either as coaches (like Becky Hammon) or as color commentators (Jessica Mendoza). But there is one woman in sports who doesn’t just comment on sports games, she also highlights often undiscussed issues in the sports industry.
Meet Katie Nolan, host of Fox Sports 1’s “Garbage Time,” who uses her show to provide “a hilarious take on sports,” while also trying to “elevate the dialogue of sports culture to a place that challenges players, leagues, and reporters to think about the impacts they have on our society,” according to Amy’s Smart Girls.
Described as the “Stephen Colbert of the professional sports world,” Nolan wrote her way into the sports industry by running a successful sports blog called “B*tches Can’t Hang.” Her sports analysis on the blog attracted the attention of Fox’s producers, which eventually led to her show “Garbage Time.”
Nolan uses her platform on “Garbage Time” to not only challenge the current culture of sports, but also to “sarcastically pulverize her co-workers’ sexist articles as ‘uninteresting, unfunny, and generally useless,'” says Amy’s Smart Girls, while also tackling issues that “her own network often fails to fully discuss, like mental illness and domestic violence.” She also has covered sports that other stations and networks rarely focus on, such as the National Women’s Hockey League.
Her unique perspective on sports contrasts the recent decline of female journalists in sports — that is, a 7 percent decline since 2013, according to Amy’s Smart Girls. Nolan addressed the importance of her role in an interview with Mic., explaining that the most of the jobs and money are concentrated around males in the industry which allows viewers to “tune into this network and listen to this white man, or this network and listen to this white man.”
Thank you, Katie Nolan, for offering a new (and much-needed) take on sports.