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Women in Sports Media: Ann Meyers Drysdale

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Women in Sports Media

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Ann Elizabeth Meyers Drysdale, a retired American basketball player and current sportscaster, was the first player to be part of the U.S. National team while still in high school. She was the first woman at UCLA to be signed to a four-year athletic scholarship. She was also the only woman to sign a contract with an NBA team, the Indiana Pacers (1979). 

Meyers Drysdale currently resides in Huntington Beach, CA, and Phoenix, AZ, where she serves as Vice President for the WNBAs Phoenix Mercury and Vice President of the NBA's Phoenix Suns. For nearly 30 years, she served as a network television sports analyst for ESPN, CBS and NBC. In 2006, Meyers Drysdale was awarded the Ronald Reagan Media Award from the United States Sports Academy.

She has covered a wide variety of sports for major networks in the U.S, including the 1986, 1990 and 1994 Goodwill Games, men's and women's college basketball,  NCAA softball and volleyball and the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics for NBC. June 12th was the official release date of her book- you let some GIRL beat you? which she wrote with Joni Ravenna.