Milwaukee Bucks make historic hire of Lisa Byington as TV play-by-play announcer

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After their first NBA championship since 1971, the Milwaukee Bucks will make history once again in the 2021–22 season.

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The Bucks have selected Lisa Byington as the lead announcer for their televised broadcast 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,” Bucks president Peter Feigin said. “Lisa’s extensive television broadcasting background, including her play-by-play work for high-end NCAA basketball on multiple national networks, makes her the perfect choice to land this leading role.”

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Bington, 45, has worked as a play-by-play announcer, studio host, and reporter for CBS, Turner Sports, Fox, and the Big Ten Network during his broadcasting career.

Last spring, she became the first woman in the history of CBS and Turner Sports to have a play-by-play for men’s NCAA Tournament games. A former varsity basketball and soccer player at Northwestern, Binton also serves as a play-by-play job for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky.

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“I am absolutely thrilled to have 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 phenomenal nature of this hire, and I appreciate the fact that that aspect was addressed throughout the process, but never given the primary attention. In fact, I do more work like this. But applaud the Bucks for taking that first step toward keeping a role model in the NBA. Because it’s time.”

Binston will take over play-by-play duties from longtime Bucks announcer Jim Paschke. Former Bucks All-Star forward Marques Johnson will continue his role as analyst.

“While we appreciate the importance of choosing Lisa, and we celebrate this historic moment, Lisa earned this position based on her exceptional skill and experience,” Feigin said.

“We expect Lisa to be the voice of the Bucks.”

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