The Philadelphia 76ers and NBC Sports Philly had big shoes to fill with the departure of legendary play-by-play man Marc Zumoff.
After spending months looking for his replacement, history was made when it was announced NBC Sports had decided on Kate Scott, who became just the second female to be hired as a full-time TV play-by-play announcer in any of the major sports.
Scott has over 16 years of experience in the industry and most recently covered the Golden State Warriors for the radio station 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, on top of her college football duties.
Scott has been a trailblazer in sports journalism. She is The first woman to call an NFL game on the radio, the first to call football for the Pac-12 Networks, and the play-by-play announcer for the first-ever all-female NHL broadcast in the United States.
A long-time sports fan, Scott is looking forward to her new role. Of course, she was named Zumoff’s replacement during a tenuous time for the Sixers, given the situation involving disgruntled point guard Ben Simmons.
Despite all of the drama, Scott is confident the Sixers will compete with the top teams again this season.
“I think they no doubt have a chance to compete in the East. I don’t know if it will be a No. 1 or No. 2 seed because as you mentioned the Bucks and Nets and there’s going to be other teams, every year there’s a team that none of us expect. But again I learned from my time covering the Warriors, the Sixers have the things they need to be successful.
They have team chemistry, they have a superstar, they have good puzzle pieces around him, and then it’s the simple things that you see in every sport. Can they stay healthy? Do they continue to grow each game? Are they listening to their coach? How are they dealing with outside distractions? And then once you get to the postseason, so much of it is luck, and who’s healthy, and who has homecourt advantage, and who’s hot and who’s not shooting well. There are so many things, but I think they have what it takes to compete and have a chance at a championship.”
Scott also touched on several other topics, including:
- The situation between Simmons and the organization.
- Expectations for the Sixers’ young players.
- The hiring process and where she was when she found out she got the job.
- Her early life and why she wanted to get into sports journalism.
- The steps she took during her career and the challenges of being a female trying to break into the industry.
- Advice for young women looking to break into the sports media.
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