Gold is best known as the play-by-play announcer for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team and is a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Gold will be the primary play-by-play announcer for all home and away games of the Squadron’s inaugural season, beginning in November.
“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,” said David Lane, general manager of Business Operations for the Squadron. “It was a no-brainer to have him lead the Birmingham Squadron broadcast. We’re honored to be able to bring him on as a part of the Squadron.”
Gold joins the Squadron broadcast with five decades of experience under his belt. The Brooklyn, New York, native has called Crimson Tide Football since 1989. He has spent 32 of his 50 years in the broadcast industry in Alabama.
He started in 1971 doing minor league hockey broadcasts before joining the Birmingham Bulls of the WHA in 1976 – Gold’s first gig in the state. Since then, he has called games for the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators of the NHL, the Birmingham Barons, covered NASCAR and was the first play-by-play announcer for the UAB men’s basketball program before finding his long-term home as the official voice of Crimson Tide football.
“I’ve been a lifelong 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 was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2014 and over his career has been selected as “Alabama Sportscaster of the Year” five times by the National Sportscaster and Sportswriter Association and twice by the Associated Press. In 2019 he received the Chris Schenkel Award by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, given annually to a sports broadcaster who has had a long and distinguished career broadcasting college football.
Gold will continue in his roles as the official voice of Alabama Crimson Tide football and host of “Crimson Tide Rewind,” “Hey Coach” and the “Nick Saban Show” on the Crimson Tide Sports Network.
Fans will get their first chance to hear Gold on the Squadron broadcast in November, when Birmingham’s inaugural season tips off.
“When the team is on the road or a fan isn’t able to make it to a game in person, we want to be able to provide a first-class broadcast to experience the game,” said Joseph Hooven, manager of Public Relations and Broadcast for the Squadron. “Our goal is to be the best in the league, and we believe the addition of Eli Gold to our crew will help us achieve that.”
(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)