Alabama radio voice Eli Gold to add offseason play-by-play gig
Long-time Alabama football radio play-by-play announcer Eli Gold has picked up an offseason gig calling games in another sport.
Gold has called Alabama football games since 1988, but now will add the NBA G-League’s Birmingham Squadron, AL.com reported. 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 it relocated 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.”
This is not the first time Gold has branched out in his career. The Brooklyn, New York native also has experience calling hockey, baseball and basketball games, as well as NASCAR races. Last year, his streak of calling 409 consecutive games was snapped because of COVID-19.
“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.”