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Speculation grows on Beinfest's future; Media notes on Fins, Heat, NFL, local TV, radio

FRIDAY MEDIA COLUMN 

MLB Network’s Peter Gammons, the dean of baseball information men, expects front office fallout following this dreadful Marlins season. Gammons e-mailed that “the feeling throughout the organization and in the general managers circle is that Marlins ownership will re-assign [president/baseball operations] Larry Beinfest and replace him with longtime aide Dan Jennings."

Gammons added that “Beinfest carries a great deal of respect throughout the game and gets universal credit for holding the Marlins organization together for the last decade.”

Owner Jeffrey Loria declined to discuss Beinfest’s job security last week, claiming the question was “not fair.’’ Club sources won’t be surprised if Beinfest is demoted, but we hear mixed opinion on who would be the likely successor.

One team official believes there’s a good chance Loria will turn not to Jennings, but to general manager Michael Hill, who is directly below Beinfest in the current hierarchy. But another team source said Jennings makes sense because he always has had Loria’s ear.

Beinfest has spent 11 seasons heading up the Marlins’ baseball operations department. Hill is in his 10th season, fifth as GM. Jennings, the Marlins’ vice president/player personnel and assistant general manager, is in his 10th season with Miami and was Tampa Bay’s director of scouting the previous seven.

Beinfest, Jennings and Hill are under contract through 2015 and shuffling their jobs would mean that Loria would not need to fire anyone or spend any additional money on the front office. Loria often merely re-assigns employees he wants to replace rather than dismissing them.

MEDIA NOTES

Bill Parcells quietly stepped aside from his gig on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, though he will continue co-hosting two or three annual specials for the network. Ron Jaworski, dumped from ESPN’s Monday night booth, will take Parcells’ chair on the Sunday pre-game show.

### Chris Berman has become a target for viewers weary of his act, and he will leave himself vulnerable to more bashing when he does play-by-play, paired with Trent Dilfer, on the second-game of ESPN’s opening night Monday double-header (Raiders-Chargers). Berman made mistakes with player identification and wasn’t particularly detailed while calling a preseason Titans-Cardinals game, the first NFL play-by-play assignment of his life.

### Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts, CBS' No. 3 announcing team, will call Sunday’s Dolphins-Texans game. The Dolphins will not get either of CBS' top two announcing teams (Jim Nantz/Phil Simms or Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf) for any of its first four games. CBS' No. 4 team, Marv Albert and Rich Gannon, call Jets-Dolphins in two weeks.

### Word came Thursday that the Heat won’t follow the Dolphins and Marlins as subjects of network reality shows. NBA TV did not ask the Heat to appear on its reality series, The Association – the Nets were picked instead - nor would the Heat ever covet that sort of attention.… NBA TV picked up the two Heat/Clippers preseason games in China and will use Heat announcers Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino.

### Showtime’s Inside the NFL, which dropped Warren Sapp, instead will use alternating analysts alongside James Brown, Phil Simms and Cris Collinsworth (9 p.m. Wednesdays)… CBS Sports Network has added its first NFL show: A quarterback roundtable of sorts, led by Simms, at 5 p.m. Mondays.... Donovan McNabb joined NFL Network as a Friday night analyst.

### Though 790 The Ticket is simulcasting its programming on 104.3-FM, it cannot air Marlins or Heat games or ESPN Radio programming on the FM station, at least for several months, because ESPN Radio 760 owns rights to that inventory in Palm Beach. So The Ticket has been using Josh Friedman, Brian “The Beast” London and others to host talk shows on the FM station while games or ESPN Radio programs air on 790.

### NBC 6 soon will unveil a new No. 2 sportscaster: Courtney Fallon, who has been a weekend sports anchor in Providence, R.I. She replaces Adam Kuperstein, who previously was promoted to NBC 6’s lead news co-anchor job. Kristina Pink, who had been freelancing as Joe Rose’s backup at NBC 6, left to take a job at Fox Sports West, including some NFL sideline reporting work for Fox.

### In his first week as program director and afternoon drive host, Jorge Sedano is putting his imprint on WQAM with several hires: former UM running back Clinton Portis (paired with Channing Crowder on a Monday evening show from 6 to 8 p.m.), former Dolphins receiver James McKnight (on Dolphins postgame shows), former Fox Sports Radio host John Renshaw (weekend and fill-in work) and Sedano's former 790 colleague, Brandon Guzio (talk shows).... Meantime, The Ticket added Jason Taylor for a weekly Monday segment on Dan Le Batard's show. 

### Hard Knocks’ series on the Dolphins was exceptional, but a longtime network executive who has been involved in the show cautioned that in general, a lot of good material frequently gets left on the editing room floor because NFL Films does not want to make a team look bad – especially the coaching staff or management, so as not to discourage other teams from appearing. The same level of courtesy generally is not extended to players, and several Dolphins were embarrassed by the negative attention.

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