Bulls Unveil Substitute TV Play-By-Play Voices

Five different announcers will fill in for Neil Funk down the stretch.

February 05, 2019 - 2:59 pm
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(670 The Score) Jason Benetti, Lisa Byington, Andy Demetra, J.B. Long and Kyle Draper will serve as the Bulls' substitute television play-by-play announcers for the remainder of the regular season, the team announced Tuesday.

They will fill in for Neil Funk, who has been working a reduced schedule this season, not taking as many road trips.

Benetti will fill in when the Bulls play at the Nets this Friday and at the Magic on Feb. 22. He's the White Sox's television play-by-play man who also does work for ESPN, including college basketball. 

Byington will work Chicago's game at Memphis on Feb. 27. His play-by-play experience includes work for Fox and the Big Ten Network, including plenty at the collegiate level, calling football, men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, volleyball and softball. At the pro level, she has worked on MLS, WNBA, and the NWSL broadcasts. She has also done sideline work for the NFL, college football and college basketball.

Demetra will work the Bulls game at the Atlanta Hawks on March 1. He already worked two Bulls broadcasts in late October in place of Funk. He's the play-by-play voice for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and has also done work for the SEC Network and Pac-12 Network.

Long will call three Bulls games on their West Coast trip -- at the Clippers on March 15, at the Kings on March 17 and at the Suns on March 18. He's the play-by-play radio announcer for the Los Angeles Rams and has worked for the Pac-12 Network for the past seven years. He also has done work for MLB Network, ESPN and the Big Ten Network.

Draper will call the Bulls-Raptors game in Toronto on March 26. He has worked two Bulls games earlier this season. He's a studio host on Celtics coverage for NBC Sports Boston.