LTelevision host Lisa Byington was named this Wednesday as the official voice of the Milwaukee Bucks to narrate play by play all the games of the current NBA champions and make her the first woman to do so full time in the sport. professional from the United States.
Byington replaces veteran Bucks announcer Jim Paschke, who retired after the 2020-21 season after continuously broadcasting Bucks games for the past 35 years.
Bucks and Fiserv Forum President Peter Feigin announced the hiring of Byington.
In a statement, Byington said she was “absolutely excited” by the opportunity “to work with a world-class franchise and championship organization like the Milwaukee Bucks.”
“I know taking on the role that Jim Paschke played for a long time, and I appreciate his passion for the team and the memorable moments that his voice will always be a part of,” said Byington. “I would be remiss if I did not recognize your work and commitment to the franchise, and it is an honor for me to be the one who takes over from you”
Byington also noted that she was particularly excited to be working with such an incredible team of teammates as Marques Johnson, Zora Stephenson, Steve Novak and everyone involved with the Bucks’ games on Bally Sports Wisconsin.
The Bucks’ new voice, which previously featured play-by-play for the Women’s World Cup on FOX in 2019, became the first woman to broadcast the NCAA men’s basketball tournament games in March as part of CBS coverage. / Turner Sports.
Subsequently, she was behind the microphone for the men’s and women’s soccer matches at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for NBC Sports.
From 2017-19, Byington worked as a sideline reporter for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on CBS and Turner, and also has experience calling play-by-play for various NBA and WNBA games, among other assignments.
She became the first play-after-play announcer at a Big Ten Network college football game in 2017.
Byington has broadcast games with FOX Sports, FS1, Big Ten Network, CBS, Turner Sports, Pac-12 Network, ESPN and SEC Network in play-by-play performances as a reporter.
The new voice for the Bucks played basketball and soccer while attending Northwestern University (Chicago).
“We are very excited to welcome Lisa to the Bucks family and to bring such a talented female broadcaster to broadcast our team’s games,” Feigin said in a statement. “Her experience and track record make her the perfect choice to join our broadcast team at a historic moment and be the new voice for the Bucks.”