The Philadelphia 76ers will have a new play-by-play voice for the 2021-22 season as NBC Sports Philadelphia(the network that broadcast 76ers’ games) has named Kate Scott the 76ers play-by-play announcer for the team’s television broadcast, it was announced on Thursday.
She will work alongside game analyst Alaa Abdelnaby. Scott – who is replacing Marc Zumoff following his retirement this offseason – becomes the second female to be named a full-time play-by-play announcer covering an NBA team.
Scott has served as a play-by-play announcer covering premier sports leagues, conferences, and events. She recently made her Olympic debut as part of NBC Sports’ coverage of Tokyo 2020, where she called both men’s and women’s basketball. In March 2021, she became the first woman to call a Golden State Warriors game as part of an all-female radio broadcast team and was the play-by-play announcer for the first all-female NHL telecast in the U.S. on NBCSN in March 2020. Scott also became the first woman to call football for Pac-12 Networks in 2017 after becoming the first to call an NFL game on the radio in 2016.
“Being the voice of the 76ers is a dream come true,” said Scott via a press release from NBC Philadelphia. “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.”
The Clovis, California native play-by-play experience also includes college basketball, volleyball, soccer, and softball. She began calling games for the Pac-12 Networks in 2015 and has appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California since 2013, and she has 13 years of experience in sports media.