Kate Scott to call Sixers games on NBC Sports Philadelphia, replacing Marc Zumoff
NBC Sports Philadelphia makes history by replacing longtime 76ers broadcaster Marc Zumoff.
The network announced Wednesday that it has hired Kate Scott to call the Sixers games this season. The move makes Scott the first female full-time broadcaster of a major sport in Philadelphia television history and the second female to handle full-time play-by-play functions for an NBA team. .
“As a kid playing hoops alone in my driveway, I actually imagined I was Allen Iverson; the clock was going down in my head, people were shouting: “You are too small!” You don’t belong! ‘ But I would disappear, I would shoot, and the crowd in my mind would go crazy, ”Scott said in a statement. “To have the opportunity to be the voice of this team now 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. . “
Scott is sort of a broadcasting pioneer. She’s the first woman to call an NFL game on radio, the first to call college football for the Pac-12 networks, and last year she was the play-by-play voice on the first show. all-female NHL. Scott also called basketball games during this year’s Tokyo Olympics, Copa America football games for Fox, and was a part of the first all-female broadcast of a Golden State Warriors game last season.
Now, the Clovis, Calif., Native will travel the country to replace one of Philadelphia’s most beloved broadcasters known as “Zoo,” who retired in June after calling the Sixers games for 27 years old.
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“Kate’s energy, passion and extraordinary knowledge of basketball made her the perfect candidate to usher in a new era of 76ers basketball on NBC Sports Philadelphia,” said Chris Heck, president of operations. commercial team.
Scott will only be the second woman to be hired as a play-by-play voice on television for an NBA team. Last week, the Milwaukee Bucks hired Lisa Byington as play-by-play announcer, replacing outgoing announcer Jim Paschke. Locally, Dei Lynam was the DETV Color Analyst for the Wilmington Blue Coats, the Sixers G League affiliate.
“When I graduated from Cal in 2005, I didn’t see play for play as a future for me. I thought reporting and anchoring were my ceiling, and that was only 16 years ago ”, Scott told the Mercury News in March. “We have made incredible progress, but now the next step is to normalize things. It’s up to us to show the next generation that this is definitely something you can do. And we have to show the people who are hiring that we are good at it. “
Scott is expected to debut on NBC Sports Philadelphia during the preseason. Although she has limited experience with NBA game calls, Scott has been calling college basketball games for the Pac-12 networks for several years.
Returning as network color analyst Alaa Abdelnaby, who is entering his sixth season by calling the Sixers games. NBC Sports Philadelphia is also expected to have no reporters on the side again during Sixers broadcasts, a trend that began when Serena Winters was among those fired by the network in August 2020.
Until last month, Scott co-hosted The morning roast on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco. She also calls college football games on the radio for Learfield alongside former ESPN host and Eagles defensive lineman Mike Golic.
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