Birmingham Squadron Daily News Clips | 10/5/21

By bblackburn | October 5, 2021

Daily Clips for Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Birmingham Squadron names color analyst
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – The Birmingham Squadron announced Thursday that Squadron broadcasts will be called by a two-man crew led by Alabama Sports Hall of Fame broadcaster Eli Gold and color analyst Rick Moody.
Moody is the former women’s basketball coach of the University of Alabama and most recently an assistant with Syracuse women’s basketball. Moody brings a wealth of basketball knowledge to the broadcast, including 17 years of coaching in the college ranks.
Moody began his career as a head coach with the University of Alabama women’s basketball team in 1989, where he coached for 16 seasons (1989-2005). Over his tenure at Alabama, Moody led the tide to 11 postseason appearances including five consecutive trips to the Sweet 16 and one Final Four in 1994.
“I’m so excited that Coach Moody is joining our Squadron broadcast team. His knowledge of the game is unsurpassed, and the way he can communicate his analysis to our viewers and listeners will make him a fan favorite,” said Eli Gold, who was announced as the official voice of the Squadron earlier this month. “I’ve shared broadcast booths with Rick Moody for years, and I’m thrilled that we will continue to be able to work together. The season can’t get here soon enough!”
Moody finished his time at Alabama with a 311-176 record, the most wins by a single coach in school history (men’s or women’s basketball). He also left his mark on school record books with 26 wins in the 1993-94 season, the most in Alabama history.
“First and foremost, thank you to the New Orleans Pelicans organization for placing the Squadron in Birmingham, Alabama,” said Moody. “To say I’m thrilled for the opportunity to be a part of the broadcast team alongside Eli Gold would be an understatement. I can’t wait to get started!”
Birmingham Squadron hosting youth basketball clinic
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – The Birmingham Squadron will host a “Back to Basketball Youth Clinic” on September 24th at 10 a.m.
50 children from eight to 13 years old will participate in drills learning the fundamentals of basketball. The clinic will be held at the YMCA of Greater Birmingham’s Downtown Youth Center.
The Birmingham Squadron start their first season on November 5th against Greensboro. They’ll play their first home game on December 5th against the Capitanes.
Birmingham Squadron announces inaugural season schedule
The Birmingham Times
The Birmingham Squadron will begin the season on the road Nov. 5 and play its first home game Dec. 5 in the renovated Legacy Arena. (contributed)
The NBA G League and the Birmingham Squadron have announced the new team’s full 2021-22 season schedule.
The Squadron will tip off its inaugural season on the road against the Greensboro Swarm on Friday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. The Squadron’s home opener is set for Sunday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. against the Mexico City Capitanes.
“This is an exciting day for the Birmingham Squadron franchise,” said David Lane, general manager of business operations. “Over the last several months, we have spent so much time planning and putting together an NBA-caliber in-arena experience for the city of Birmingham. Now we have the official dates to look forward to seeing our fans in the stands, and we can officially begin counting down the days to our first game in Legacy Arena on Sunday, December 5th.”
Legacy Arena in downtown Birmingham will be the home of the Squadron and will host 24 games this season. The arena is undergoing a $123 million renovation scheduled to be completed in time for the Squadron home opener.
The Squadron’s home opponents are the Mexico City Capitanes, the Lakeland Magic, the Memphis Hustle, the Iowa Wolves, the Salt Lake City Stars, the South Bay Lakers, the Austin Spurs, the Oklahoma City Blue, the Agua Caliente Clippers, the Santa Cruz Warriors, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Texas Legends, the Sioux Falls Skyforce and the Stockton Kings.
The NBA G League’s 2021-22 season will split the schedule in two parts to bolster competition. The 50-game season will begin with a 14-game Showcase Cup that will conclude with the NBA G League Winter Showcase at a neutral site. The season will continue with a traditional 36-game regular season and G League Playoffs. At the conclusion of the regular season, the top six teams in each conference will qualify for the NBA G League Playoffs.
The Squadron’s 50-game schedule for 2021-22 includes 24 home games, 24 road games and two neutral site games at the annual NBA G League Winter Showcase. Showcase is the NBA G League’s annual in-season scouting event, when all of the league’s teams converge in one city to play in front of NBA general managers and player personnel executives from all 30 NBA teams. The 2021 event will be the 17th edition of the showcase.
The NBA G League – the official minor league of the NBA – features 29 teams. The 2021-22 season marks the launch of four new G League franchises, including the Birmingham Squadron, which is affiliated with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Much like the NBA, the G league is divided into two conferences, the Eastern and Western. The Squadron is one of 13 teams in the Western Conference this season and will play mostly Western Conference opponents.
Two new Squadron 8-Game Plans are on sale – the Gold Plan and the Red Plan. Beginning at $150, the Gold plan includes every home weekend matchup for the Squadron this season.
Beginning at $120, the Red Plan includes the Squadron’s home opener along with two Monday nights, two Tuesday nights, Two Wednesday nights and one Thursday night. Go to for more information on 8-Game Plans.
Go to for more information on tickets and click here to see the Squadron’s full 2021-22 season schedule.

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