Bucks make Lisa Byington first women's full-time TV play-by-play announcer in major men's pro sports
The Milwaukee Bucks have named Lisa Byington as the team's new television play-by-play announcer on Bally Sports Wisconsin, making her the first woman to handle full-time TV play-by-play duties for a major men's professional sports team. Byington replaces longtime Bucks announcer Jim Paschke, who retired following the 2020-21 season after serving as the team's television play-by-play announcer for the previous 35 years. Bucks and Fiserv Forum president Peter Feigin announced Byington's hiring Wednesday. Byington, who previously did play-by-play for the Women's World Cup on Fox in 2019, became the first woman to call NCAA men's basketball tournament games in March as part of the CBS/Turner Sports coverage. She subsequently was behind the mic for men's and women's soccer games at the Tokyo Olympics for NBC Sports. From 2017 to 2019, Byington worked as a sideline reporter for the NCAA men's basketball tournament on CBS and Turner, and she also has experience calling the play-by-play for various NBA and WNBA games, among other assignments.
Dallas Mavericks sign free agent Frank Ntilikina, No. 8 pick in 2017 draft
The Dallas Mavericks signed free agent Frank Ntilikina on Thursday, adding the guard picked one spot before their selection of Dennis Smith Jr. in the top 10 of the 2017 draft. Ntilikina spent four years with the New York Knicks, who drafted him eighth overall four years ago. Smith went ninth to the Mavericks, who traded the point guard to the Knicks a year and a half later in the blockbuster deal that brought Krisraps Porzingis to Dallas. Ntilikina, 23, averaged 5.5 points and 2.7 assists with the Knicks. Born in Belgium, he moved to France when he was 3 and began his professional career in 2015 in a French pro league.