Lisa Byington has been hired by the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks as the group’s tv play-by-play announcer for video games on Bally Sports Wisconsin, the Bucks introduced Wednesday.

The transfer makes Byington the primary lady hired as a full-time TV play-by-play announcer for a serious males’s skilled sports activities group.

In a Bucks news release, Byington acknowledged the history she is making, saying, “I understand the groundbreaking nature of this hire, and I appreciate the fact that during this process that aspect was addressed, but never made a primary focus. In fact, I applaud the Bucks for taking the first steps toward making hires like this more of the norm in the NBA. Because it’s time.”
In a tweet, Byington wrote, “I am honored, humbled, and beyond excited for this opportunity and to get this started!”

Byington replaces longtime Bucks announcer Jim Paschke, who retired on the finish of final season after calling the group’s video games for 35 years.

“I’m absolutely thrilled for this opportunity, and the ability to work with a first-class franchise and a championship organization like the Milwaukee Bucks,” Byington stated.

“My sincerest appreciation and thanks go out to so many, but, in particular, Bucks President Peter Feigin and Bally Sports Wisconsin Executive Producer Tony Tortorici for making this such a smooth process from start to finish. I know that I will be stepping into the role long-held by Jim Paschke, and I appreciate his passion for the team and the memorable moments his voice will always be a part of,” Byington stated. “I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge his work and commitment to the franchise, and it’s my honor to be the one who takes the baton from him. I’m particularly excited to work with such an amazing team of Marques Johnson, Zora Stephenson, Steve Novak and everyone involved with Bucks games at Bally Sports Wisconsin.”

In March, Byington was the primary lady to do play-by-play on the NCAA males’s basketball match when she labored in first-round video games for Turner Sports and CBS. Turner Sports and NCS are each owned by WarnerMedia. She just lately labored for NBC Sports on the Tokyo Olympics as a males’s and ladies’s soccer play-by-play announcer. She additionally did play-by-play for the Women’s World Cup on FOX in 2019.

From 2017-2019, Byington did sideline reporting for the NCAA males’s basketball match for Turner Sports and CBS. She additionally has expertise doing play-by-play for NBA and WNBA video games. She has broadcast video games for FOX Sports, FS1, Big Ten Network, CBS, Turner Sports, Pac-12 Network, ESPN and the SEC Network in each play-by-play and reporter roles.

“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,” Feigin stated within the launch. “Lisa’s extensive television broadcasting background, including her play-by-play work for high-level NCAA basketball on several national networks, makes her the perfect choice to take on this major role. While we appreciate the significance of selecting Lisa, and we celebrate this historic moment, Lisa earned this position based on her extraordinary skills and experience. We look forward to Lisa becoming the voice of the Bucks.”

Said Tortorici: “We’re thrilled to add Lisa to the Bally Sports Wisconsin team. Through her work on college basketball and the many other sports she’s covered, Lisa is ready for this opportunity.”