Bucks hire Lisa Byington, making her the first woman to be a full-time TV play-by-play broadcaster for a major men's professional sports team

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(CNN)A large sports broadcasting obstruction has been broken.

Lisa Byington has been hired by the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks arsenic the team's tv play-by-play announcer for games connected Bally Sports Wisconsin, the Bucks announced Wednesday.

The determination makes Byington the archetypal pistillate hired arsenic a full-time TV play-by-play announcer for a large men's nonrecreational sports team.

In a Bucks quality release, Byington acknowledged the past she is making, saying, "I recognize the groundbreaking quality of this hire, and I admit the information that during this process that facet was addressed, but ne'er made a superior focus. In fact, I applaud the Bucks for taking the archetypal steps toward making hires similar this much of the norm successful the NBA. Because it's time."

In a tweet, Byington wrote, "I americium honored, humbled, and beyond excited for this accidental and to get this started!"

Byington replaces longtime Bucks announcer Jim Paschke, who retired astatine the extremity of past play aft calling the team's games for 35 years.

"I'm perfectly thrilled for this opportunity, and the quality to enactment with a first-class franchise and a title enactment similar the Milwaukee Bucks," Byington said.

"My sincerest appreciation and acknowledgment spell retired to truthful many, but, successful particular, Bucks President Peter Feigin and Bally Sports Wisconsin Executive Producer Tony Tortorici for making this specified a creaseless process from commencement to finish. I cognize that I volition beryllium stepping into the relation long-held by Jim Paschke, and I admit his passionateness for the squad and the memorable moments his dependable volition ever beryllium a portion of," Byington said. "I'd beryllium remiss if I didn't admit his enactment and committedness to the franchise, and it's my grant to beryllium the 1 who takes the baton from him. I'm peculiarly excited to enactment with specified an astonishing squad of Marques Johnson, Zora Stephenson, Steve Novak and everyone progressive with Bucks games astatine Bally Sports Wisconsin."

In March, Byington was the archetypal pistillate to bash play-by-play astatine the NCAA men's hoops tourney erstwhile she worked successful first-round games for Turner Sports and CBS. Turner Sports and CNN are some owned by WarnerMedia. She precocious worked for NBC Sports astatine the Tokyo Olympics arsenic a men's and women's shot play-by-play announcer. She besides did play-by-play for the Women's World Cup connected FOX successful 2019.

From 2017-2019, Byington did sideline reporting for the NCAA men's hoops tourney for Turner Sports and CBS. She besides has acquisition doing play-by-play for NBA and WNBA games. She has broadcast games for FOX Sports, FS1, Big Ten Network, CBS, Turner Sports, Pac-12 Network, ESPN and the SEC Network successful some play-by-play and newsman roles.

"We are truthful excited to invited Lisa to the Bucks household and to bring specified a talented play-by-play announcer to our broadcast team," Feigin said successful the release. "Lisa's extended tv broadcasting background, including her play-by-play enactment for high-level NCAA hoops connected respective nationalist networks, makes her the cleanable prime to instrumentality connected this large role. While we admit the value of selecting Lisa, and we observe this historical moment, Lisa earned this presumption based connected her bonzer skills and experience. We look guardant to Lisa becoming the dependable of the Bucks."

Said Tortorici: "We're thrilled to adhd Lisa to the Bally Sports Wisconsin team. Through her enactment connected assemblage hoops and the galore different sports she's covered, Lisa is acceptable for this opportunity."

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