Eli Gold to announce games for Birmingham Squadron – AL.com

Longtime Alabama football radio play-by-play announcer Eli Gold will call games for the Birmingham Squadron, the NBA G-League team will announce later Monday.

Gold will serve as the primary play-by-play announcer for both home and away broadcasts of the Squadron, the affiliate of the New Orleans Pelicans that will begin play in Legacy Arena this winter after relocating from Erie, Pennsylvania.

“Eli is one of the most recognizable voices in all of sports and has been such an important part of the sports landscape in the state of Alabama for decades,” Squadron general manager of business operations David Lane said in a statement. “It was a no-brainer to have him lead the Birmingham Squadron broadcast. We’re just honored to be able to bring him on as a part of the Squadron.”

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The versatile Gold is best known for being the voice of Alabama football since 1988, with his streak of more than 400 consecutive games snapped last season because of COVID-19. But the Brooklyn, New York native also has experience calling hockey, baseball and basketball games, as well as NASCAR races.

“I’ve been a life-long NBA fan, and being able to be a part of the broadcast for the Birmingham Squadron and the future talent of the New Orleans Pelicans was an offer that I couldn’t pass up,” Gold said. “I think I can speak for myself and many sports fans in Birmingham and across the state of Alabama — I’m thrilled to have the Squadron in town and can’t wait for the season to get started.”

Gold will continue in his role with Alabama football.

The Squadron is expected to release its schedule and more details about its broadcasts in the coming weeks.

Mike Rodak is an Alabama beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @mikerodak.

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