The defending NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks have made history with the hiring of Lisa Byington to be the voice of their franchise. Byington will become the first full-time female play-by-play broadcaster for a major men’s sports team. The two-sport athlete at Northwestern most recently presented the men’s and women’s soccer tournaments for NBC during the Tokyo Olympics.
Byington will replace the recently retired Jim Paschke who retired after 35 years on the call for the Bucks. She is not new to breaking ground: She became the first female play-by-play broadcaster to call men’s NCAA tournament basketball games back in March. She also became the first woman to broadcast a college football game on the Big Ten Network in 2017. According to her website, she worked her way up the ladder, starting her post college television career at WKBK in Alpena, Michigan which is the third smallest market according to Nielsen.
The team’s statement speaks both to her preparation and qualifications for the role.
“We are so excited to welcome Lisa to the Bucks family and to bring such a talented play-by-play announcer to our broadcast team,” Bucks and Fiserv Forum president Peter Feigin said in a statement. “Lisa’s extensive television broadcasting background, including her play-by-play work for high-level NCAA basketball on several national networks, makes her the perfect choice to take on this major role. While we appreciate the significance of selecting Lisa, and we celebrate this historic moment, Lisa earned this position based on her extraordinary skills and experience. We look forward to Lisa becoming the voice of the Bucks.”
Byington will get her start behind the mic in the Bucks second regular season game when they go to the Barclay’s Center to face the Brooklyn Nets in a rematch of the 2021 Eastern Conference SemiFinals, which saw the Bucks beat the Nets in seven games.
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