SUNRISE, FL -The broadcast booth at Pro Player stadium may feel crowded on Wednesday, May 29 when the Marlins host the Cincinnati Reds, but Fox Sports Net announcers Len Kasper and Tommy Hutton will make room for local sports hero Bernie Kosar, who will serve as a guest analyst for portions of the game telecast. Brad Heard, Fox Sports Net Florida's Vice President of Programming and Operations, made the announcement.
"For one game, we wanted to add a different dimension to the telecast by bringing a local celebrity into the broadcast booth," said Heard. "Bernie Kosar has been a part of South Florida's sports scene for twenty years as both an athlete and a team owner. We anticipate Bernie will provide viewers with a personal insight on the game, the sports industry, and his role in the community."
Kosar became a household name in South Florida in 1982 when he was recruited by the University of Miami and subsequently led the Hurricanes to the National Championship the following season. Out of college, he was drafted by his hometown team, the Cleveland Browns, and led them to the playoffs in his first five NFL seasons to win four division titles. Kosar also played for the 1993 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys before returning to Miami to play for the Dolphins for two seasons.
Today, Kosar resides in Weston with his family and serves as a Director for Envision Pharmaceutical Services, a Director at WildCard Systems, Incorporated, and a partner at Parkwood Homes, which owns land in St. Lucie County. He is an entrepreneur and active with several charitable organizations, including the Center for Study and Treatment of Autism at Youngstown State University and the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County.
Kosar will provide commentary and conversation alongside play-by-play voice of the Marlins, Len Kasper, and color analyst Tommy Hutton for at least four innings of Wednesday night's Florida Marlins game telecast, beginning at 7;00pm on Fox Sports Net. His participation in the telecast is part of a "special night" initiative orchestrated nationally by Fox Sports Net.
Fox Sports Net Florida reaches more than 3.9 million households in Florida. Fox Sports Net Florida is managed by Rainbow Sports Networks, a division of Cablevision's Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. Fox Sports Net Florida's programming includes Major League Baseball's Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Devil Rays; the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers; the University of Miami, and the University of South Florida, along with select NASCAR and PGA Tour coverage.
Fox Sports Net reaches more than 78 million households nationwide and is a service of National Sports Partners, equally owned by Cablevision's Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. and Fox. Rainbow Sports Networks incorporates Rainbow's 50% ownership of Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports National Advertising, and the ownership and management of Fox Sports Net regional networks in five of the nation's largest markets; Chicago, Florida, Ohio, New England and San Francisco.