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9/17/2021 6:53 AM EDT
New Milwaukee Bucks Channel Makes History on US Sports TV!
The Milwaukee Bucks have the first woman to call full-time for a large men’s sports team games.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – A new play-by-play channel is set to make television history in Milwaukee!
Lisa Byington is the first female announcer for a major men’s sports team in the United States. © Screenshot / Instagram / Lisa Byington
The Milwaukee Bucks presented Lisa Byington (45) as their new full-time, exclusive play-by-play announcer for all of their games from the coming season.
She will work for Bally Sports Wisconsin TV and will be the first woman to regularly announce games for not just an NBA organization but for every major men’s sports team in American television history.
Peter Feigin, the president of the Bucks team who is also president of the Fiserv Forum, the Bucks’ home arena, officially announced the recruitment of Byington on Wednesday via the team’s official website.
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“We’re excited to welcome Lisa to the Bucks family and to bring such a talented play-by-play announcer to our broadcast team,” said Feigin.
“While we appreciate the importance of Lisa’s selection and celebrate this historic moment, Lisa deserves this position because of her exceptional skills and experience. We look forward to Lisa becoming the voice of the Bucks.”
Byington is no stranger to making a little history as she was the first woman to call the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament games in March as part of CBS / Turner Sports coverage.
Her expertise in sports television has been highlighted on multiple networks including NBC Sports, Fox Sports, Big Ten Network, SEC Network, and ESPN. She has covered college sports all the way to the men’s and women’s soccer games at the recent Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Byington will replace longtime Bucks announcer Jim Paschke, who only retired at the end of last season after naming Bucks games for the past 35 years.
“I’m so excited to officially be part of this championship franchise and be connected to a championship fan base,” she said in a video she posted on her own Twitter account.
The reigning NBA champions 2021 open their season on the road on October 5th against the Memphis Grizzlies.