Candace Parker Pioneers New Ground For Women In Sports Media

A behind the scenes look at WNBA legend and “Players Only” co-host Candace Parker as she blazes new trails for women in sports broadcasting.

Since becoming the first full-time woman on “Players Only” and a lead analyst for Turner Sports, Candace Parker’s celebrity and the respect for her basketball acumen has gone through the roof. 

We knew she was a passionate player, one of the greatest to ever grace the WNBA. Her championship and All-Star resume can stand against most NBA greats.

Being a part of the most popular NBA media platform in existence has allowed the hoops world to see Parker’s full personality and she is already a pioneering voice for women in sports broadcasting. She’ll also undoubtedly have a few more fans when she returns to the WNBA for another season.

On Tuesday night, @WNBA got an inside look at the LA Sparks star’s offseason role as a Turner analyst, joining her on-set in Atlanta for “Players Only”on TNT.  The show was launched in February of 2017 and showcases the game exclusively through the unique lens of the professional basketball player.


The night included a sit down interview as she got ready to go on air in which she talked about what sparked her broadcasting career:

Candace also gave a tour of the studio during a commercial break:

Here’s a look at some of the fun that happens off-camera at the studio with Shaq and Baron Davis: 

Parker’s wit, humor, confidence and basketball intelligence are a tremendous addition to the show and brings a much-needed element to the male-dominated production.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.