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Fresh off their first NBA championship since 1971, the Milwaukee Bucks will make history once again when they tip off the 2021-22 season.
The Bucks have selected Lisa Byington as the lead announcer for their television broadcasts on Bally Sports Wisconsin, making her the first full-time female play-by-play announcer for a major men's professional sports team.
“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,” said Bucks President Peter Feigin. “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."
Byington, 45, has worked as a play-by-play announcer, studio host and reporter for CBS, Turner Sports, Fox and the Big Ten Network during her broadcasting career. She worked for NBC Sports during the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, calling play-by-play of men's and women's soccer. Her credits for Fox include women's World Cup games in 2019.
This past spring, she became the first woman in the history of CBS and Turner Sports to do play-by-play for men's NCAA Tournament games. A former varsity basketball and soccer player at Northwestern, Byington also does play-by-play work for the WNBA's Chicago Sky.
“I’m absolutely thrilled for this opportunity, and the ability to work with a first-class franchise and a championship organization like the Milwaukee Bucks,” Byington said in a news release.
"I understand the groundbreaking nature of this hire, and I appreciate the fact that during this process that aspect was addressed, but never made a primary focus. In fact, I applaud the Bucks for taking the first steps toward making hires like this more of the norm in the NBA. Because it’s time.”
I am honored, humbled, and beyond excited for this opportunity and to get this started! https://t.co/02CpAHcEQb
— Lisa Byington (@LisaByington) September 15, 2021
Byington will take over the play-by-play duties from longtime Bucks announcer Jim Paschke, who retired after 35 years. Former Bucks All-Star forward Marques Johnson will continue his role as analyst.
"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," Feigin added.
"We look forward to Lisa becoming the voice of the Bucks.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Lisa Byington named TV voice of NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks