Never met or seen Katie Nolan of Fox Sports, but hats off to her for candor and commentary on the NFL and NFL boss Roger Goodell over the handling of the Ray Rice fiasco. It was sharp, well written, honest, and critical. The only thing it lacked was self awareness.
She said in a commentary on Fox Sports:
"It’s time for women to have a seat at the big boy table, and not where their presence is a gimmick or a concept — just a person who happens to have breasts offering their opinion on the sports they love and the topics they know. Because, the truth is, the NFL will never respect women and their opinions as long as the media it answers to doesn’t. I’m ready when you are, Fox."
Notice in this 3:30 video that the sports media she takes aim at none are employed but her employer - Fox. This is what is often called a wise business decision.
Katie Nolan is bright, well spoken and her words should be the only thing that matters. Katie Nolan is also hot. She has long hair. She is cute. She is thin. She is "fun" and "perky". She likely is aware of this.
While she rips on the NFL and sports media for the age old objectification of women she clearly benefits from it. Her skill set of being hot kicked her foot in the door of sports media - good for her, it's a living.
Katie Nolan's ability to look good on camera is why she has that platform. To suggest otherwise is both sad, and unrealistic. The saddest truth is the moment she either loses those physical qualities her words suddenly will not matter as much. They should, but right now there is too much evidence to suggest they won't.
Her own colleague, Pam Oliver, called this out a few weeks ago. Oliver was recently replaced by Erin Andrews as Fox Sports' No. 1 NFL sideline reporter. Surprsingly, Andrews is hot, younger and blonde.
To have a spot at the "big boy" table that Katie Nolan desires, which it would appear she could easily handle her own among the sexist dopes that run those discussions, she can't expect to play up the frathouse scene and then assume she will be taken seriously at the chancellor's table.
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