Lisa Byington named voice on television for NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks
Posted On September 15, 2021
Fresh out of their first NBA Championship since 1971, the Milwaukee Bucks will make history again when they kick off the 2021-22 season.
The Bucks have selected Lisa Byington as their lead announcer for their TV shows on Bally Sports Wisconsin, making her the first full-time female announcer for a major professional men’s sports team.
“We are delighted to welcome Lisa to the Bucks family and bring such a talented play-by-play announcer to our broadcast team,” said Bucks President Peter Feigin. 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. “
Byington, 45, worked as an announcer, studio host and reporter for CBS, Turner Sports, Fox and the Big Ten Network during her broadcasting career.
Last spring, she became the first woman in CBS and Turner Sports history to compete in NCAA men’s tournament games. A former Northwestern basketball and college football player, Byington also works for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky.
“I am absolutely thrilled with this opportunity and the opportunity to work with a first class franchise and championship organization like the Milwaukee Bucks,” Byington said in a press release.
“I understand the revolutionary nature of this hire, and I appreciate the fact that during this process this aspect was addressed, but was never the center of attention. In fact, I applaud them. Bucks for taking the first steps to make hires like this more than the norm in the NBA. Because it’s about time. “
Byington 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 an analyst.
“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,” Feigin added.
“We look forward to Lisa becoming the voice of the Bucks.”