Lisa Byington breaks barriers, yet again, as the Bucks hire her as a play-by-play announcer for games on Bally Sports Wisconsin.
She is now the first full-time television host for a major US men’s sports team.
“… I understand the revolutionary nature of this hire and appreciate the fact that during this process this aspect was addressed, but was never the center of attention,” Byington said in the team announcement. “In fact, I applaud the Bucks for taking the first steps to make hires like this more the norm in the NBA. Because it’s about time.”
But this is not his “first”. Per Milwaukee, Byington was the first female play-by-play voice for a Big Ten Network football show in 2017. Then, in March, she was the first female play-by-play announcer calling the matches of the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament for CBS and Turner Sports.
The former Northwestern basketball and football player has worked as a reporter and announcer on various major sports shows, including Turner Sports, Fox Sports, ESPN, CBS, and the Big Ten and SEC networks. Over the past decade, the majority of his work has been done at Fox Sports and the Big Ten Network.
“Lisa’s extensive broadcast experience, including her live work for top NCAA basketball on several national networks, makes her the perfect choice to take on this major role,” said Peter Feigin, Bucks and Fiserv Forum Chairman announces. “While we appreciate the importance of Lisa’s selection and celebrate this historic moment, Lisa got this job because of her extraordinary skills and experience. We look forward to it. that Lisa becomes the voice of the Bucks.
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