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Crimson Tide Sports Network releases statement on decision to move on from Eli Gold

Eli Gold speaks outside of Denny Chimes

The Crimson Tide Sports Network released a statement Thursday, concerning Eli Gold’s departure. 

Gold, who has called Alabama games for more than 30 years, is not going to do so next season after he was told he no longer ‘lived up to the standard,’ per Gold. 

The statement thanked Gold for his services and discussed Chris Stewart taking over. 

“As we noted in yesterday’s release, Eli Gold has been a legendary broadcaster in a career spanning 52 years,” the statement read. “In 2023, we worked out a plan to have Eli call the home games plus Auburn, with Chris Stewart handling away games. We are incredibly appreciative of the positive things Eli has contributed to the Crimson Tide Sports Network and The University of Alabama during his time with us, which is why our desire was for him to remain part of the gameday broadcast and allow us to celebrate his UA broadcast career. But at this point, the interests of UA and CTSN are best served by Chris Stewart handling play-by-play for all games. After a series of conversations over a period of time, Eli was presented with an opportunity to continue his contributions to the CTSN broadcast team in the coming years in a more limited role, including the lead broadcast role for this year’s A-Day game. Unfortunately, he declined the opportunity. We will always appreciate Eli and wish him nothing but the best in his next endeavors. We are incredibly excited about the future of CTSN and what Chris Stewart will bring to the broadcasts in his new role.”

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