SUNRISE, FL – Fox Sports Net Florida announced today Craig Minervini will join the Marlins telecast team for the 2002 baseball season. Minervini will host the MARLINS ON DECK pre-game show, MARLINS WEEKLY, and three Marlins specials airing exclusively on Fox Sports Net throughout the season. Brad Heard, Fox Sports Net's Vice President, Programming and Operations made the announcement.
"We are delighted Craig has joined Fox Sports Net's talented team of announcers for Marlins baseball. He has covered South Florida sports for more than a decade and will make an exceptional addition to our network," noted Heard.
Minervini is a veteran of local sports news, most recently as a sports anchor for WTVJ, the NBC affiliate in Miami. There, he also hosted highlight shows such as Sunday Sports Final, Hurricane Football Final, The Jimmy Johnson Show, and The Dave Wannstedt Show. He has covered the Marlins since the club's inception, and during his tenure at WTVJ, Minervini was nominated for a regional Emmy Award for a feature story on the team. Prior to joining NBC, Minervini served as sports anchor and reporter at WPBF, the ABC affiliate in West Palm Beach.
Minervini brings with him extensive experience beyond the news desk. He has called play-by-play for Notre Dame football, the XFL, WWF, the Miami Fusion, and Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) baseball. He also serves as the South Florida correspondent for MSG Network.
A graduate of Syracuse University, Minervini earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism. He joins Dave O'Brien and Tommy Hutton for 95 regular season Marlins games and three Spring Training games telecast on 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.