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Media Platform Dedicated To Women And Girls In Sports Launches New Series Focused On Black Athletes, Hosted By MSG Network’s Monica McNutt
June 19, 2020 – Norwalk, Connecticut— Expanding upon its mission to raise the visibility of women and girls in sports, GoodSport (www.goodsport.me) is launching a new video series to tell the under-told stories of Black female athletes. The series will be called Onyx: Celebrating Black Women in Sports and will be hosted by former Georgetown University basketball captain and co-host of MSG Network’s “The MSG-150,” Monica McNutt. The series, set to kick off in mid-July, will include long-form video podcasts and short-form social media vignettes. The videos will showcase interviews with black athletes and coaches, as well as women on the business side of the sports industry. GoodSport plans to share their unique life stories and experiences of breaking barriers to achieve success.
“The climate in our country right now is tense, but important conversations and changes are taking shape. I am really excited to join GoodSport in an effort to illuminate some amazing black women in sports. I’m confident that their stories will inspire the next generation of young athletes to follow their sports dreams,” said McNutt.
She added, “As an athlete and black woman, I am concerned about many things happening in America right now. I plan to talk about sports, of course, but also delve into conversations about how sports can help reshape societal views with some incredible women who inspire me. I chose the name Onyx because it makes me think of a beautiful, strong, black gemstone. Black onyx is known for its ability to transform negative energy and support emotional and physical stamina in stressful situations. Those powers make black women pillars in our communities and in sport, despite often being forgotten by society at large. The Onyx series will make sure that women who have been gemstones in their competitive spaces are celebrated for all that they are. I find it poetic that Onyx is being announced on Juneteenth, the day that slaves were emancipated. It’s a day that has long just been considered ‘a black thing’ but, in reality, it is an American thing. The fact that leaders and corporations are acknowledging Juneteenth and it is now being celebrated nationally is a step in the right direction.”
Onyx: Celebrating Black Women in Sports will include interviews with sports figures of today and pioneers from years past, and will be shown on GoodSport’s media platforms, including goodsport.me. The series will also be distributed across other media companies’ channels.
GoodSport Founder, Paul Bremer, is thrilled to have a respected sports broadcasting veteran spearhead this initiative. “We have known Monica for years and she is a true pro. Having her lead Onyx will help shine a light on some amazing women and change cultural perceptions. She brings a vibrant energy, intellect and sense of humor to all of her interactions, and we know her unique vibe will make this series successful.”
About Monica McNutt
Monica McNutt is a sports reporter, host, and basketball analyst based in Washington, D.C. In 2019, McNutt added ESPN/ACC Network as a basketball commentator and Turner/NBA TV Virtual Reality broadcast to her roster of networks, which already included Fox Sports 1, Overtime, and MSG Networks. Over the 2019-2020 basketball season, she focused on the ACC, Big East, Big 12, the Knicks, and served as the CAA Women’s Basketball Insider.
Her weekly podcast “Buckets, Boards and Blocks,” presented by Pure Hoops Media is available every Thursday. “The pod reflects the love I have for the game and all of its players because buckets are buckets,” McNutt told The Athletic via email in April 2019. McNutt joined MSG Networks as a cohost to the program “The MSG 150,” a nightly sports show highlighting New York’s teams, national headlines and lots of New York Knicks in particular, in the spring of 2019. She returned for the 2019-2020 NBA season and added Knicks Studio Analyst to her role. Her past stops include WJLA ABC7/ News Channel 8 in Washington, D.C., The American Sports Network, BeIN Sports and NBC Sports Washington. McNutt earned her master’s degree from The University of Maryland in 2013. She earned a bachelor’s degree and completed a career as a standout women’s basketball player at Georgetown University in 2011.
Founded in 2016, GoodSport’s belief is that one of the strongest connection points in society is a shared passion for sports. GoodSport’s mission is to raise the visibility of women and girls in sports by sharing positive stories that shine light on role models, while encouraging athletic participation at any level.
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