Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino’s firing from The NFL Today this week wasn’t as sudden as it seemed.
A source close to the office of NFL boss Roger Goodell tells Gossip Extra that CBS Sports notified the league of the change weeks ago after it agreed to pay $275 million for next season's Thursday Night Football showcase games.
The network will broadcast eight of the games and roll out its new pregame lineup sans Marino and Shannon Sharpe — but with retiring Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez instead.
Gossip Extra was told that CBS Sports honchos promised to provide better talent for the prime-time games — and Marino’s days at the network were numbered after 12 years on the Sunday show.
The reason: He’s old school.
“The league wanted someone hipper and more appealing to nonfootball audiences,” said the source, who asked not to be named. “Thursday games bring a whole new set of TV watchers to the NFL.”
Marino, 52, has yet to comment about his firing.
With production of Season 4 of The Real Housewives of Miami still in doubt, series star Alexia Echevarria and her husband are dealing with some legal matters.
The self-described Cuban Barbie and lobbyist Herman Echevarria have settled their alleged debt with the fancy Fisher Island Club, which offers a breathtaking seaside golf, tennis, restaurant and spa in the waters just off Miami Beach.
According to Miami-Dade County records, the Echevarrias and the club have called it a truce and had the lawsuit that the club brought against the couple in July dismissed.
The club sought more than $100,000 in unpaid fees and dues going back to 2011.
The terms of the deal are confidential, but court papers show the Echevarrias will pay their own attorney’s fees.
The couple paid $200,000 to join the club a decade ago, plus $20,000 a year and another $1,000 a month to use the amenities.
Too much for Herman, and not because he doesn’t have the cash.
“We don’t want to pay,” Herman said at the time. “There comes a time when fees and assessments ... make it not worth belonging to the club.”
The Echevarrias did not returning calls and an email for comment, and neither did Fisher Island’s attorney.
shula to honor lebron
For once, Miami Heat star LeBron James has agreed to be honored at a charity dinner.
James, who usually dispatches wife Savannah to black-tie galas, is expected in person at the Reid & Fiorentino Call of the Game gala dinner March 15 at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood.
James is to receive the Don Shula Sports Legend Award from the 84-year-old coach himself.
tribute to brothers
Barry Gibb, the last of the Bee Gees, performed an emotional concert at the Love & Hope Ball, the yearly Diabetes Research Institute Foundation gala at the Westin Diplomat Saturday in Hollywood.
It was one of the 67-year-old Gibb’s first concerts in the United States since his brother and band member Robin Gibb died in 2012.
Barry Gibb, a Miami Beach resident for decades, performed free of charge and dedicated several parts of his solo performance of Bee Gees classics such as How Deep is Your Love and Saturday Night Fever to Robin and Maurice Gibb, who also died of a rare illness in 2003.
Gibb even intoned How Can You Mend a Broken Heart with Maurice’s daughter, Samantha Gibb, to a sellout crowd of 800 donors.