According to an official team statement, former Philadelphia Eagles public address announcer Dan Baker won't be returning to the team. Baker had previously served in his role for 29 years. Straight from the release:
The Eagles have decided to make a change in the role and told Baker about the new direction last week.
"Dan is the ultimate professional and even though he was disappointed with the direction we are heading, he was accepting of our decision to make the change," said team president Don Smolenski. "We are very appreciative of his dedication and service. He never missed a single game."
As the game day experience continues to evolve with expanded audio and visual enhancements, the game-telling experience is no longer the responsibility of a single person. "It is a true multi-media experience," added Smolenski.
The Eagles will begin a search for a new public address announcer and will work closely with an outside agency to aid in this transition.
"I want to thank Mr. Lurie, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the fans for the privilege of announcing 29 great years of Eagles football," said Baker. "It has truly been an honor."
The team plans to honor Baker during the 2014 Eagles home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Be prepared for a different voice at Eagles games this year.