Lisa Byington

Play-by-Play Voice and Sideline Reporter

Lisa Byington is a trailblazer in the broadcasting world. Most recently this past March, she became the first female play-by-play announcer to work the men’s NCAA basketball Tournament for CBS and Turner Sports. Previously to that, she helped open the doors in the college football and professional sports worlds. In 2017, Lisa made history as the first female play-by-play voice for a college football game for the Big Ten Network. Shortly after that, she was a part of an MLS game (and what is believed to be) the first all-female broadcast of any of the five major men’s professional leagues. In the last two years, she has filled in as a play-by-play for some Chicago Bulls television broadcasts, becoming one of the few females to do play-by-play on the NBA Circuit.

Lisa worked the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo as a men’s and women’s soccer play-by-play. In 2019, she made her play-by-play Women’s World Cup debut for Fox. From 2017-2019, Lisa worked as a basketball sideline reporter for the men’s NCAA Tournament for CBS and Turner Sports.

Lisa began her broadcasting career with WBKB-TV in Alpena, Mich., which at the time was the second-smallest market in the country. Her next move was to Big Ten country and WLNS-TV in Lansing, Mich. She first appeared on the Big Ten Network during the network’s opening football weekend in 2007, and she has been a part of the FOX Sports and the Big Ten Network lineup for more than a decade in a variety of roles.

A two-sport athlete at Northwestern, Byington played soccer and basketball, helping her teams advance to the NCAA Tournaments in both sports, and earning Academic All-Big Ten recognition.