Eli's Coming Back For 7 More Years

When news broke at Southeastern Conference Media Days last week that Chris Stewart was replacing former Alabama football star Barry Krauss as color man on Bama football radio broadcasts, the reason for the change was not known. It still isn't.

Crimson Tide Sports Marketing, which has the rights to Alabama radio broadcasts of Bama games and other radio and television presentations, had an announcement this week, but it didn't concern the matter of Chris Stewart replacing Barry Krauss.

the news was that Eli Gold will continue as play-by-play broadcaster of Alabama football through the 2017 season, Gold having signed a four-year extension of his contract.

Gold is in his third decade as the voice of the Tide, having called the action of every Crimson Tide game since 1989. A nationally known sportscaster, Eli is also the host of "NASCAR Live", a weekly, nationally syndicated radio call-in show. His broadcasting career includes play-by-play for NFL, Arena Football League, and NHL games on radio and television.

CTSM General Manager Jim Carabin also announced the rest of the CTSN crew for the 2011 football season. Providing the color analysis will be former Crimson Tide Assistant Coach Phil Savage, who's been on the crew since 2008. A Mobile native, Savage has extensive NFL experience, as an assistant coach with the Cleveland Browns (under then-defensive coordinator Nick Saban), Director of Player Personnel for the Baltimore Ravens, and Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Browns.

Savage replaced Gold sidekick and Alabama star Kenny Stabler.

Stewart will patrol the sidelines during the game to keep fans up-to-date and then will head to the locker room for post-game interviews with Saban and Alabama players. A member of the crew since 1999, Stewart is also the play-by-play voice of men's basketball and baseball. Stewart will also host Saban's weekly television show, replacing Birmingham television personality Jim Dunaway.

Tyler Watts and Todd Robbins will start and end the game-day broadcast. Watts starred at quarterback for Alabama from 1999 to 2001 and joined the CTSN team in 2007. He will join Stewart for pay-per-view telecasts. Robbins has produced the pre- and post-game shows for the network since 2005.

The veteran of the CTSN crew is Tom Roberts, who joined the broadcast team in 1979. He hosts the pre-game show, provides scoreboard updates throughout the game and hosts the halftime report.

Since 1984 Tom Stipe has produced the CTSN football broadcasts and he also serves as president of the Southeastern Conference Broadcasters Association. Butch Owens has stood behind Gold every week as the spotter since 1989 and Brian Roberts has been keeping up with all the numbers as the statistician for the broadcast since 1998.

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