Happy Monday! It's time for one of our favorite features: Female Sports Professional! Today we have the other brilliant part of the lovely co-creators and co-hosts of Bad Girls of Sports:Mahogany Ratcliffe. We featured her counterpart, Jennifer Rodriguez, back in February. Mahogany is the producer and co-host of On the Inside Sports, a radio-talk show she dubs “Entertainment Tonight meets The Best Damn Sports Show." Growing up on football, n she followed her sports love path into college and became a sports reporter and went on to intern for Fox Sports Net South where her love for everything sports grew into NASCAR and Baseball. Mahogany has gone on to work in production at CNN, CBS, BET and continues to hold a position at CBS Radio.
How long have you been in the sports industry? Started in Sports in 2000, so 11 years.
Please give us a little background on how you got to your current role: I've always had a love for all things sports so it as natural for me to combine my greatest interest, news and sports. After leaving the sports production industry for 5 years it was calling me back. In 2008, Jennifer Rodriguez and I decided to create a radio podcast that would do just that.
How did you learn you wanted to get into the sports industry? I grew up in a sports household. We all participated in some form of sports but I never thought I would work in the industry until I got to college and they needed a sports reporter for our television station. Producing and reporting came naturally and became my passion.
Was there a time or situation that made you second-guess your path? Of course. As a woman your interest in sports is always questioned. It's easier to do other things than to constantly explain yourself to others.
Do you think there is a negative ring that automatically lies around females within the sports industry since it’s a male dominated industry? Not necessarily negative, but I do think women are interrogated more than their male counterparts. A man would never be asked to explain a 3-4 defense(football) after expressing his interest in sports.
What tips or advice would you give to a female wanting to enter the sports industry? Study and stand tall! You will be challenged along the way but confidence and knowledge go a long way.
What would you say to the men who don’t see women as being on the same level when it comes to the sports industry? I wouldn't say anything. The only way to fight ignorance is with results. Check the resume!
Have you had a personal experience where someone doubted you and you proved to him or her that they should support you? Jennifer and I were talking about our show to a young man and we metioned that we were sports enthusiasts. He then turned to me and said 'if you're such a sports expert, who won the Super Bowl in 1991.' Normally I wouldn't know this information because I'm not a statistician and I was only 10 then. However, that year the Super Bowl was in Tampa(my hometown) and I happened to remember exactly who played and who one. I told him "the Giants" he then googled, saw that I was right and is probably now our biggest fan.
What is your favorite sports moment or quote? Tony Dungy becoming the first African American coach to win a Super Bowl in 2007.
What is your biggest accomplishment to-date in terms of your experience in the sports world? Biggest accomplishment so far is www.ontheinsidesports.com going live in 2008.
Do you have a favorite player/team? Favorite Team is Indianapolis Colts. I have a favorite coach(former) Tony Dungy. Otherwise known as my husband in my head.
Favorite sports quote? "To be the man, you've gotta beat the man" --Ric Flair
Any advice for the LadyBallers? Keep making strides and eventually the way will be clear!
Check out our previous Female Sports Professional interviews as well:
Jennifer Taglione: Founder and owner of Stiletto Sports
Jennifer Rodriguez: Co-creator & co-host of Bad Girls of Sports
Justine Brown: Production-Assistant with the NFL Network
Jessica Quiroli: Baseball blogger and covers high school sports for Ultimate Athlete Magazine
Melissa Miller: Assistant Brand Manager for the Orlando Magic
Amber Anderson: Grassroots Marketing Coordinator for the Orlando Magic
Kathryn Stuart: Course Director, Sports Management and Operations - Entertainment Business Masters Program at FullSail University
Are you a female interested in sharing your Professional Sports experience or know a female who would be good to feature? Email us and let us know!