Sportscasting trailblazer Phyllis George dies at 70

Phyllis George, a trailblazer in sports journalism and football broadcasting who joined CBS’ The NFL Today as a co-host in 1975, has died at age 70.

George’s passing was a result of complications from a blood disorder, her ex-husband and former Kentucky governor John Brown Jr. told the Louisville-Courier Journal.

George won the Miss America pageant in 1971 before moving to broadcasting in 1974 when she was hired by CBS, becoming the first female sportscaster to work at a major television network.

In 1975, she became the co-host of CBS’ popular pregame show, The NFL Today, joining Brent Musburger, Irv Cross and, eventually, Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder. The show raised the standard for what pregame shows of its time typically provided.

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