SUNRISE, FL – Dave O'Brien, long-time play-by-play announcer for the Florida Marlins, has reached agreement with the team and Fox Sports Net Florida to leave his position so that he can pursue a national broadcasting opportunity. The Marlins, Fox Sports Net, and O'Brien made the joint announcement.
"We wish Dave well as he seeks new challenges in the broadcasting world," said David Samson, President of the Florida Marlins. "We're excited to begin a new era of Marlins baseball with our television partners at Fox Sports Net Florida."
Fox Sports Net Florida expects to make an announcement regarding its new Marlins play-by-play announcer and release its 2002 Marlins television schedule shortly.
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.