Friday, September 24, 2021

Kate Scott First Woman To Call NBA 76ers games

Kate Scott
NBC Sports Philadelphia has hired Kate Scott to replace the recently retired Marc Zumoff as the television play-by-play voice of the 76ers, reports The Philly Business Journal.

Scott, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, becomes the first full-time female broadcaster for any major sport in Philadelphia television history and just the second woman to handle full-time play-by-play duties for an NBA team. The first was hired just last week when the Milwaukee Bucks chose Lisa Byington to succeed the retiring Jim Paschke.

Scott is used to breaking barriers in sports broadcasting. She is the first woman to call an NFL game on the radio, the first to call a Golden State Warriors game, the first to call football for the Pac-12 Networks, and the play-by-play announcer for the first all-female NHL broadcast in the U.S., according to her bio on the Fox Sports website. Scott’s play-by-play experience also includes college basketball, volleyball, soccer and softball.

“Being the voice of the 76ers is a dream come true,” Scott said in a statement. “As a kid playing hoops alone in my driveway, I actually used to imagine I was Allen Iverson; the clock would wind down in my head, people would scream, ‘You’re too small! You don’t belong!’ But I’d fade away, hit the shot, and the crowd in my mind would go wild. To now get the opportunity to be the voice of that team is incredible, and I look forward to earning the respect and trust of the phenomenal city of Philadelphia, and 76ers fans everywhere, one call and one game at a time.”

NBC Sports Philadelphia President and General Manager Brian Monihan said in a statement that Scott is a "preeminent play-by-play announcer who has called games at the highest levels and on the biggest stages, all while breaking barriers and making history. He described her and color commentator Alaa Abdelnaby as "a dynamic broadcast pairing that 76ers fans will enjoy watching on the call this season and beyond.”

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