Milwaukee Bucks Announce Return Of Fox Sports Wisconsin Broadcast Team

Mar 26, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; The Milwaukee Bucks dancers perform during the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee won 105-94. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 26, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; The Milwaukee Bucks dancers perform during the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee won 105-94. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /

The Milwaukee Bucks and Fox Sports Wisconsin have announced the return of the team’s key TV broadcast personalities for next year, along with some new but familiar faces too.

In a down year for the team that was best described as having failed to meet all lofty expectations, there was one particular source of joy that Milwaukee Bucks fans could always be guaranteed of when it was time to tune into a game.

I am, of course, talking about the broadcast team that the Bucks and Fox Sports had put together for last season, bringing the best of a local and national flavor to all of Milwaukee’s matchups.

Joining long-time Bucks TV stalwarts Jim Paschke and former Buck Jon McGlocklin as a part of the team’s commentary team heading into last season was another legendary Buck, Marques Johnson, and one of the most distinctive voices in all of sports media, Gus Johnson.

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With Marques taking up the role of primary color analyst, sharing his thoughts on the majority of Bucks games home and away throughout the year, and Gus making occasional appearances for high profile matchups, the chemistry, enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge that was displayed by the Johnson and Johnson duo made them a major success with fans, not just in Wisconsin, but around the NBA.

That built upon the steady foundations that had long been established by the veteran duo of Paschke and McGlocklin, who are deeply entrenched in the culture of the organization having celebrated 30 years of working together late last season.

With the combination of old reliables who have been bringing Milwaukee’s team to fans for multiple generations and a fresh perspective that was just as informative and entertaining as what had gone before, thankfully the Bucks and all parties involved have decided to stick together for another season.

In spite of rumors of expiring contracts for multiple members on the team, the Bucks will continue to have the deepest TV commentary rotation in the NBA in 2016-17, and it extends far beyond the play-by-play and color calls too.

Tony Smith will continue in his role as a post-game analyst on the Bucks Live show alongside Jeff Grayson and Craig Coshun, while on the sidelines Telly Hughes and Sophia Minnaert will continue to deliver instant reactions, reporting and interviews.

According to the Bucks’ official release, for Hughes, an expanded set of responsibilities will also be notable.

"In addition to his sideline duties, Bucks fans will also be treated to additional reporting and content from Hughes this season as he joins the Bucks front office staff as a full-time contributor to In his new role, Hughes will provide in-depth content and analysis on the Bucks team throughout the year in multimedia content available on and across FOX Sports Wisconsin platforms, while still serving in his familiar role on the sidelines during Bucks broadcasts throughout the season."

As well as the host of familiar faces returning to give Bucks fans more of the top-class coverage they were able to enjoy last year, another legendary former Buck will also be added to provide analysis on the post-game show.

Former first overall pick Vin Baker has worked with the Bucks in a number of different capacities over the years and now he will get a chance to shine in a different light again.

"“I’m thrilled for this opportunity to come back home to my Bucks family and join the world-class broadcast team that the Bucks and FOX Sports Wisconsin have assembled,” Baker said. “I have so many great memories from spending the first years of my career in Milwaukee, and have been honored to be a part of the staff at NBA Summer League these last two years working with our young group. I look forward to joining the great team at FOX to provide thoughtful analysis based on my unique experiences in the NBA for Bucks fans tuning in throughout the season.”"

Fox Sports Wisconsin will televize every regular season Bucks game with the exception of the three games that will be broadcast nationally on ESPN and TNT. Before that, they will also show the Bucks’ preseason return to the Kohl Center in Madison to face the Dallas Mavericks on October 8.

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With broadcast details finalized, it’s hard to avoid a sense of excitement as another season of Bucks basketball is now just around the corner.