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CBS Use First All Female Crew For Champions League Night

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CBS Use First All Female Crew For Champions League Night

American television network CBS made history on Wednesday night, when they used an all female team to bring coverage of the night's Champions League action.

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They may call football 'soccer,' yes I know there's nothing wrong with that, and be better known for Ted Lasso than Jesse Marsch, but there's no doubt that the American's coverage of the Champions League is better than ours in Britain.

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Fans over here have often been treated to snippets of brilliance from the CBS coverage of Europe's biggest nights, with Kate Abdo presenting.

Alongside her she's often had Thierry Henry, Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards, and the group have made some absolute television gold, especially with the 'In the Mixer' segment.

On Wednesday night however, Henry, Carragher and Richards were moved aside as Abdo introduced a line up of pundits, pitchside presenters, analysts and commentators made up completely of women.


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Introducing the cast, Abdo said, "Well this is a special Champions League day for CBS Sports and for Paramount plus.

"Football is a diverse sport but it's a sport where women have long had to fight to prove that our voices belong.

"And a show like today chooses to celebrate our voices on a Champions League knockout night, and players and analysts and commentators, reporters and referees of this level deserve this level of platform representing tonight for CBS and for women, all around the world."

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Jenny Chu and Jules Breach, the latter who often presents BT Sport's Score show, were presenting pitchside, with soccer laws analyst Christina Unkel was the 'rules expert' in the studio, presumably doing the job of Peter Walton, and presumably doing it better.

In direct replacement of her usual studio guests, Abdo was joined by Kaylyn Kyle, Eni Aluko and Lianne Sanderson.

An on commentary, Robyn Cowen and Karen Carney were talking viewers through the Chelsea's win over Lille, whilst Pien Meulensteen and Lucy Ward did commentary as Juventus were knocked out at home by Villarreal.

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With such an awesome team like the one CBS had on Wednesday night, it won't be too long until this kind of thing becomes commonplace.

Richards, Henry and Carragher might have a tough time getting their seats back...

Featured Image Credit: CBS

Topics: Champions League, USA, Lille, Chelsea, Juventus, Villarreal

Ryan Sidle
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