Telly Hughes out as Bucks broadcaster
It's a new era, a new building and now a new face at the center of the Milwaukee Bucks' television presence, as broadcaster Telly Hughes announced he has been let go after spending most of a decade in and around the team.
Hughes first announced that the Bucks "wanted to go in a 'different direction'" Monday night on Twitter, adding his appreciation and gratefulness to "the entire state of Wisconsin" shortly after in a second tweet.
After 8-plus seasons, I was informed the @Bucks wanted to go in a "different direction". I would like to thank @Bucks for an amazing opportunity for a kid from https://t.co/meYFi1NhID. Louis to cover the NBA.— Telly Hughes (@tellyhughes) August 14, 2018
More importantly, a BIG thank you to the entire state of Wisconsin for embracing me and my family from Day One. I hope you'll enjoyed the ride as much as I did!!— Telly Hughes (@tellyhughes) August 14, 2018
Hughes elaborated on his dismissal in a phone interview with Woelfel's Press Box, noting, "They just told me they want to go in a different direction. I respect their decision. They feel as though this is something that had to be done. They feel it's going to improve the product. I completely understand and respect that. I appreciate the opportunities I've had over the last eight seasons."
Originally hailing from East St. Louis, Illinois, Hughes came to Milwaukee from Minneapolis to start work for Fox Sports Wisconsin in 2009. Hot off an Emmy win for "Our Heroes: A Black History Month Special," Hughes quickly became a familiar face for Wisconsin sports fans as he worked as a sideline reporter for both the Bucks and Brewers. His focus would eventually shift fully to the Bucks, working for the past two seasons as the team's director of digital content.
"I've really enjoyed my time in Milwaukee," Hughes told OnMilwaukee in a 2011 Milwaukee Talks interview. "It's a lot closer to my hometown, of course, and it has more of a Midwestern feel, even though Minneapolis is considered the Midwest. It feels a lot more like home."
There's no word yet on Hughes' next move – in his interview with Woelfel, he notes an interest in play-by-play, which he did over the radio for the Wisconsin Herd of the developmental G League for a few games this past year – nor on his replacement on the sidelines, but stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more information as it becomes available.
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