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CBS Sports Network To Launch All-Women Sports Show

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – CBS Sports Network will air the first-ever all-women sports show starting next month.

CBS said Tuesday the weekly hour-long, prime-time program on the cable channel will be the first of its kind. “We Need to Talk” premieres Sept. 30.

“This is a very proud moment for all of us at CBS Sports,” said Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports. “A sports show featuring all women is long overdue, and we are thrilled to be able to make television history this fall with the national launch of We Need To Talk.”

The panel will feature a core of CBS Sports announcers: Lesley Visser, Amy Trask, Tracy Wolfson, Dana Jacobson and Allie LaForce. Other contributors include Andrea Kremer, Laila Ali, Lisa Leslie, Dara Torres, Swin Cash and Summer Sanders.

“This is nothing less than a cultural pivot point,” said Visser. “There are many shows have a woman on, but not one that has a table filled with women. When I started covering sports in 1974, the credentials often said, ‘No Women or Children in the Press Box.’ Forty years later, we are accepted as members of the media, assistant coaches (San Antonio Spurs), college officials and executives.  We have learned to love sports the same way boys and men do – not all of them played the game either. I’m proud to play for CBS.”

The show will be led by Emmy Award-winning coordinating producers Emilie Deutsch and Suzanne Smith, the only woman currently producing or directing NFL games. Amy Salmanson and Julie Keryc will produce with Smith directing.

“CBS This Morning” co-hosts Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King? will appear as guests.

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