WNBA star Swin Cash part of historic all-female sports show

by Shelton on August 30th, 2014

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USA Basketball released its official training-camp roster on Monday and a big name was curiously not included, three-time WNBA champion Swin Cash. But Cash said she retired from the national team after the London Olympics, winning her second gold medal.

And on Tuesday, Cash was part of a bigger press release.

CBS officially announced it will launch the first-ever, all-female national weekly sports show. We Need to Talk will debut on Sept. 30 at 7pm PT on CBS Sports Network. It should run every Tuesday thereafter.

The title is unsettling. Those four words are the most dreaded to hear in any relationship. But its about time the women whove been tucked on the sideline or squeezed in between two men debating about sports finally get their say. Perhaps thats the meaning behind the show title? We do need to talk and do have a valid opinion on everything sports.

ESPN was met with a lot of flack with a separate but equal approach to female-centric sports coverage that still hasnt been reached on its ESPNW website. CBS hopes to be a different spin since its simply women talking about sports, which many more of us do competently everyday. In the words of Becky Hammon, when it comes to things of the mind, men are no more capable than women.

We Need To Talk is billed as bringing together the most accomplished women to share their knowledge and opinions by offering a unique perspective on the entire sports landscape not just womens sports. The already reputable CBS womens crew (and perhaps a few stolen from ESPN and Foxs great female bunch) will be joined by the likes of former women TV and radio personalities, team executives, and former and current athletes.

Thats where Cash enters the fold.

As a passionate sports fan, as well as an athlete, Im excited to be a part of (the program), Cash said in a released statement. Especially at a time when the influence of women in sports has evolved to where it is today.

Cash, whos also recently engaged, just completed the worst season of her 13-year WNBA career. After leading Chicago to the franchises first postseason appearance in 2013, she signed with Atlanta and was traded midseason to New York. The Liberty (15-19) failed to advance to the postseason, Cash averaging 4.5 points in an averaged 16.2 minutes off the bench.

While her playing career may be in limbo, Cash assured me she doesnt plan on retiring from the WNBA. (I) would never end my career the way this season played out, she responded in a direct message via Twitter. Cash, 34, has long started to build a career off the court.

As Cash helped Seattle win its 2010 WNBA championship, she made TV appearances talking about the NBA, Olympics and recently was a guest on MSNBCs Melissa Harris-Perry show discussing college athletes unionizing.

At the WNBA All-Star game in July, Cash hosted a roundtable with Diana Taurasi (Phoenix), Maya Moore (Minnesota), Candace Parker (Los Angeles), and Tamika Catchings (Indiana) that was well received.

Cash joins WNBA legend Lisa Leslie as athletes from the league wholl be part of CBS ground-breaking show.

In a recent Twitter discussion with some of my followers, the point was made that womens sports fans can no longer gripe about their sports not being covered considering all of the platforms that shed a light on the niche college and pro leagues. Im looking forward to seeing if We Need To Talk also gives women in sports a needed voice.

Heres Cashs roundtable from the WNBA All-Star game:

Heres more about We Need To Talk from CBS:


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