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James William Nantz, III (Born May 17, 1959) is an Americanmarker sportscaster, known primarily for his work with CBS Sports television.


Early life

Born in Charlotte, North Carolinamarker, Nantz grew up in Colts Neck Township, New Jerseymarker and attended Marlboro High Schoolmarker. In high school, he was co-captain of the basketball team and co-captain and number one player on the golf team. He was a member of Bamm Hollow Country Club.

Nantz then went to the University of Houstonmarker in Texasmarker, where he majored in broadcasting and played on the Houston Cougars men's golf team, rooming with future professional golfers Fred Couples and Blaine McCallister.

Before CBS Sports

After his 1981 graduation, Nantz broadcast for several local radio and television stations in Houstonmarker and Salt Lake Citymarker, then became a play-by-play announcer for the Brigham Young Universitymarker football team and the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association.


In 1985, Nantz was hired by CBS, for which he served as a play-by-play announcer and/or studio anchor for a number of events including the NFL, the NBA, college football and basketball, the Mastersmarker and PGA Championship golf tournaments, the US Openmarker tennis championship, and the Winter Olympic Games.

Nantz has teamed with Billy Packer to call the NCAA Final Four men's basketball finals continuously since 1991. Since the 2008-09 season, Clark Kellogg has been his analyst.

The NFL on CBS

After hosting CBS's pre-game program The NFL Today from 1998-2003, he became The NFL on CBS's top play-by-play announcer in 2004. That move sent Greg Gumbel to the studio, and Nantz to the stadium booth with Phil Simms.

On February 4, 2007, Nantz called the play-by-play of Super Bowl XLI. He joins Curt Gowdy and Dick Enberg as the only play-by-play announcers to ever call both a Super Bowl and an NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Game. (Greg Gumbel called CBS' previous Super Bowl, Super Bowl XXXVIII.)

Nantz is also one of two men to host a Super Bowl, announce an NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game, and host coverage of the Mastersmarker from Butler Cabin with Brent Musburger being the other. Musburger also accomplished all three feats with CBS.

Career timeline


Nantz's first book, Always By My Side – A Father’s Grace and a Sports Journey Unlike Any Other, hit bookstores in May 2008. Nantz tells personal stories from football, basketball and golf and how he has met people along the way who remind him of the virtues his father instilled in him. The foreword to the book was written by one of his father figures, friend and frequent golf partner, former President George H.W. Bush.

Nantz received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Houstonmarker in 2001. The veteran NCAA announcer is also one of the youngest recipients of the Basketball Hall of Famemarker's Curt Gowdy award for broadcasting.

In a radio interview with KTCKmarker The Ticket in Dallas, Nantz announced that he would like to announce 50 Masters before he retires.

He teamed with Gary McCord to provide extensive commentary in the 1990s PC golf classic Jack Nicklaus 6 - Golden Bear Challenge.

Nantz's commentary is featured in the Golden Tee golf arcade game series.

Nantz had been living in Westport, Connecticutmarker with his wife, Lorrie, and daughter. The Nantzes are currently in divorce court, the Connecticut Post reported on October 18, 2009.

Near the end of a live radio interview on the syndicated Rush Limbaugh radio show on May 16, 2008, Nantz told the conservative talk host that he would like to talk about politics and his possible involvement in politics someday. The interview ended before the subject could be pursued.

Nantz also appeared in a taping of The Price Is Right to present a Showcase prize featuring tickets to the 2009 Final Four in Detroit, as part of changes to the long-time game show to use product placement models and CBS crossovers, including sports packages.

On April 27, 2009, Nantz was given the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-by-Play, for his work in the 2008 calendar year. Nantz is the first CBS Sports personality to win the award since its inception in 1993.

In 2009, Nantz guest commentated on the final round of the The Open Championship for the BBC.

In November 2009, Jim Nantz was ordered to pay his ex-wife $916,000 a year in child support and alimony. According to the AP, "Nantz must pay $72,000 a month in alimony until either he dies or his ex-wife remarries, and another $1,000 week in child support for their 15-year-old daughter, Caroline, for the next two years...Nantz acknowledged that he began dating a 29-year-old woman before his divorce was final." Nantz does make $4 million/year from CBS and has another $3 million in "yearly assets."






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