Throughout Lisa Byington’s career, she has made history. As a female play-by-play announcer, she was the first to call a football game on the Big Ten Network, the first to do television play-by-play for the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament for CBS and Turner Sports, and the first to be a full-time television play-by-play for an NBA team. Yet while her career has been filled with firsts, she hopes that the sports world just considers her a good broadcaster, and the fact she’s a female becomes rather irrelevant.
In this episode of Locker Room Talk, Lisa, who has worked for Fox Sports, FS1, CBS, Turner Sports, ESPN and several other major networks, as well as the Milwaukee Bucks, shares the insights and lessons learned throughout her journey. From sideline reporter to play-by-play announcer to producer, she’s worked some of sports most notable events, like the Olympics and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. She mentions that her most memorable sports moment to date is hearing her voice in one of college basketball’s most beloved traditions, “One Shining Moment.”
What does it take to obtain the level of success that Lisa Byington has achieved thus far? She tells Locker Room Talk hosts Julie Alexandria and Jennifer Mercedes that you can't be afraid to hear the word “no,” and you can't then be afraid to continuously make the ask. She admits that navigating the no's can be challenging, but believing that nothing is gender defined is what allows her to move forward. Lisa attributes her parents for encouraging her that she can be anything she wants to be, and that gender should never hold someone back.
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