Two years ago was the start of the spotlight series on SportsAsToldByAGirl and the first women to be featured was Katie Nolan. Since then, Nolan has become an even more prominent member of sports media. As a first for spotlight, I will be spotlighting Katie Nolan again but why I admire her so much and why she’s such an important trailblazer for sports media.
One thing I’ve always loved about Katie Nolan is her ability to cut through the bullsh*t. In her early videos, she took down the NFL especially for their weak handling of players accused of domestic violence and has continued that trend. One of her more recent videos about Josh Brown gave us all the answers the NFL failed to give. She spoke about how tired and dated sports media has become and gave ideas for how it can be fixed. She even got a bench for Big Papi, for goodness sakes.
She also introduced new segments that have become popular with other sites and personalities. The most obvious one was “Delete Your Account” where she would search Twitter and tell people to delete their account when they tweeted something terrible. She had her own Thursday Night Football promos which hyped up the games better than the NFL could. One of her funniest segments though had to be Add/Drop where she chose to add and drop people like in fantasy football.
Then there’s her podcast. Unlike most podcasts, it’s actually a video and audio one, because we can see each other but could also still listen like a normal podcast. She’s featured some really cool guests but some of the best have included other females working in sports. She has literally spotlighted and talked to some of the best in the game. Plus she was on a regular segment on the show, Pitch.
Besides all of those accomplishments, I really admire Katie because of her attitude. She doesn’t care if you like her; she is still going to do what she wants. She makes sports fun with her viral videos that are both informative and entertaining. It’s a hard thing to master, but she does it flawlessly. She’s making the content we wish other major outlets would and has become a huge part of the sports media world.
Nolan’s love for sports is so genuine. She cares about sports, but showcases it’s flaws. A lot of people are worried about rocking the boat, but not her. Katie Nolan is the face of sports media and one everyone should be looking to and modeling after. I know I am.