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Jim Nantz

Jim Nantz

Who is Jim Nantz?

Jim Nantz is a Sports commentator, anchor, and actor. Jim Nantz has served as a sportscaster for a variety of sports and leagues on telecasts. Since the 1980s, he has presented for CBS Sports for NFL, NCAA Division I men’s basketball, NBA, and the PGA Tour.

Since 1989, Nantz has hosted CBS Sports’ coverage of the Master’s Tournament.

Later that year, he became the play-by-play announcer for CBS’s premier NFL game.

Early Life, Family, and Education

Jim Nantz was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 17, 1959, as James William Nantz III.

Taurus is his zodiac sign.

He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and grew up in Colts Neck Township, New Jersey, and Marlboro Township, New Jersey (New Jersey).

He attended Marlboro High School in Marlboro.

Jim Nantz
Young Jim Nantz in a Golf tournament. Source: golfdigest

He was the co-captain of the basketball team and the number one player and co-captain of the golf team at his high school, and he was a member of the Bamm Hollow Country Club.

Nantz then moved to Houston, Texas, to attend the University of Houston. He was a member of the University of Houston’s men’s golf team, the Houston Cougars.

He shared a room with Fred Couples and Blaine McCallister, both of whom went on to make a living as professional golfers.

He majored in broadcasting and worked with the CBS Radio Network during his tenure at the institution, sending taped interviews to Win Elliot for Elliot’s Sports Central USA weekend reports.

Height and Weight

At his high school and at the University of Houston, Jim Nantz was a well-known athlete. This explains his incredible athletic body, which is rounded off in height and weight.

He stands 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds (75 kilograms). His tresses have a dark brownish tone. Currently, Nantz is 62 years old.

Facts of Jim Nantz

Full Name James William Nantz III
Birth Date May 17, 1959
Birth Place Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Genre Play-by-play
Education University of Houston, Texas
Horoscope Taurus
Father’s Name Jim Nantz Jr.
Mother’s Name Doris Nantz
Siblings Nancy Hockaday
 Age 62 Years Old
Height 6 feet 3 inches
Weight 75 kg or 165 lb
Shoe Size N.A.
Profession Sports commentator, anchor, actor
Debut The early 1980s
Net Worth $15 million
Married Yes
Partner Ann-Lorraine Carlsen Nantz (m. 1983-2009) and Courtney Richards(m. 2012)
Children 3 (Jameson Nantz, Caroline Nantz Finley, and Cathleen Nantz)
Salary $5 million annually
Social Media Not Available
Merch Jim Nantz Autographed Card, I Was There!, Always By My Side, Vineyard Vines collection.
Last Update April 2022

Net Worth, Salary, and Earnings

In 2022, Jim Nantz has a net worth of $15 million, which will almost certainly increase due to his celebrity, reputation, and popularity.

Nantz has a long history in the broadcasting industry and has appeared on a number of shows.

He earns around $5 million a year from his appearances, according to some sources.

He invested his earnings in home renovations as well as a backyard mini-golf course.

Jim also launched his own wine label, though it’s unclear how much money he made from the first vintage, which was released in 2012.

Furthermore, Nantz must be making more than $6 million with this new extension deal.

In addition, he aspires to be the first CBS broadcaster to call 50 Masters tournaments. By 2035, he’ll have accomplished this feat at the age of 75.

Endorsement agreements

Although no information on endorsement deals could be found, Nantz has become one of the most well-known NFL commentators in recent years.

It’s difficult to find a sport that Nantz hasn’t covered, from college football to the Super Bowl.

According to reports, he also receives $4 million in adjourned compensation from the golf company Titleist.

There are also rumors that after his current contract expires in the summer of 2021, Nantz will look for a new contract worth “Tony Romo money.” There’s a chance he’ll be calling Super Bowl 55 for CBS.

Nantz has shown a strong interest in politics as well. He is a close friend of the Bush family and recently donated the maximum amount to Jeb Bush’s campaign. Not only that, but he has donated to Joe Lieberman’s campaign.

While some people, such as Bernie Sanders, believe that you don’t need money from the wealthy to run a campaign, others believe that at some point, we all have to meet at the social crossroads.

Career in Broadcasting

CBS Sports

Nantz began his career as a sportscaster and anchor for KHOU Houston, a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Houston, Texas, in the early 1980s.

From 1982 until 1985, he served as a weekend sports anchor for KSL-TV, an NBC-affiliated television station in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Nantz and Rodney Clark “Hot Rod” Hundley worked for KSL-TV, which they called BYU football and Utah Jazz basketball games.

After joining CBS Sports in 1985, Nantz began his career as a studio host for the network’s coverage of college basketball and football events.

He has worked as an on-course reporter for the PGA Tour and as a Westwood One analyst for NFL games.

He used to announce Saturday Night Football games for the then-active CBS Radio Sports from 1988 until 1990 before he switched to television.

James Nantz has been the host of CBS’ Masters Tournament coverage since 1989. He worked with Billy Packer as a commentator for the NCAA Final Four men’s basketball finals from 1991 to 2008.

Clark Kellogg was his analyst from 2008 to 2013. During the Final Four from 2010 to 2013, famed basketball head coach and former NBA player Steve Kerr joined them from Turner Sports.

From 2013 to 2014, Greg Anthony collaborated with Nantz. Greg Anthony was immediately suspended, and his replacements, Bill Raftery and Grant Hill were chosen to work alongside James Nantz.

Aside from that, he rose to prominence after roasting NFL star Jamaal Charles, who cost his team a game after fumbling the ball.

CBS broadcasts the NFL

Jim presented The NFL Today on CBS from 1998 to 2003, which was the NFL’s pre-game show. He went on to become the top play-by-play commentator for The NFL on CBS in 2004.

Greg Gumbel was reassigned to the studio as a result of the adjustment, while Nantz was assigned to the stadium booth with Phil Simms.

In 1991 and 1992, Nantz teamed up with analyst Hank Stram to work on NFL broadcasts. In 1993, while Greg Gumbel was covering the American League Championship Series for CBS, Nantz temporarily took over.

CBS broadcasted the second-round playoff game between Dallas and Green Bay, which was called by Jim and Randy Cross.

On February 4, 2007, Nantz handled the play-by-play call for Super Bowl XLI, putting him in the company of Curt Gowdy, Kevin Harlan, and Dick Enberg as the only play-by-play announcers to call both the Super Bowl and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game.

James is one of only two men to host a Super Bowl, announce an NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game, and host The Masters from Butler Cabin, along with Brent Musburger.

With CBS, both of these sportscasters were able to accomplish this feat.

In 2014, Nantz and his broadcast partner Phil Simms called the Thursday Night Football games for CBS and NFL Network, with Tracy Wolfson serving as the sideline reporter for both the Thursday and Sunday games on CBS.

Following that, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo took over as Nantz’s color commentator for CBS’ NFL telecasts, replacing Phil Simms.

There were reports that if Jim had not signed a contract extension with CBS, he would become a free agent this summer.

Nantz’s longtime agent, Sandy Montag of The Montag Group, announced that the former play-by-play broadcaster had extended his contract with the network, where he works as a lead announcer on everything from the NFL and NCAA men’s basketball tournament to the Masters and PGA Tour.

In February 2021, Nantz won his second Super Bowl, and his sixth overall, with Tony Romo. Since 1991, Nantz has been the host of March Madness.

Appointments with the media

Jim came on The Price Is Right to give away a Showcase prize including CBS Sports brands. Nantz made a cameo appearance in the 1996 film Tin Cup as himself.

He also appeared in episodes of a number of other TV shows. Arliss, Yes, Dear, Criminal Minds, and How I Met Your Mother are among these shows.

On How I Met Your Mother, he made appearances in episodes 14 and 15 of the 5th season, as well as episodes 24 of the 9th season.

Nantz starred as an announcer for a fictional baseball team in the short-lived sitcom Clubhouse. Scrapple, a 1998 film, featured his voice.

Since 2009, Nantz has also been a guest commentator for the BBC during the final round of The Open Championship.

Jim and Garry McCord teamed up to provide comprehensive commentary in the 1999 golf game Jack Nicklaus 6: Golden Bear Challenge, which was released for PC.

Jim also made a recording for his commentary in the Golden Tee Golf arcade game series.

From 2012 to 2016, Nantz and Phil Simms were the commentators on the popular Madden NFL franchise, until Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis replaced them.

In a 2013 commercial for Papa John’s Pizza, Nantz appeared alongside Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Papa John’s Pizza founder John Schnatter.

Wife, Children, and Relationships

Jim Nantz and his first wife, Ann-Lorraine “Lorrie” Nantz, had a daughter called Caroline and lived in Westport, Connecticut. Ann-Lorraine and James, who had been married for 26 years, had to split up in 2009.

Following their divorce, the court ordered James to pay Ann-Lorraine child support and alimony, totaling $916k per year.

Before the divorce was finalized, James admitted that he had dated a 29-year-old woman.

Although the judge ruled that this particular event had nothing to do with the marriage’s problems and that Ann-Lorraine and James’ relationship had deteriorated years prior to the extramarital affair,

Jim married Courtney Richards on June 9, 2012, in a ceremony conducted at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California.

Since then, the pair has remained together and has two children: Finely Cathleen Nantzborn, born in 2014, and Jameson Nantz, born in 2016. Aside from that, he and his family live in a nice house in Pebble Beach.

Nantz is a foodie who prefers his toast to be burnt to a crisp but has never received it while ordering it in a restaurant. As a result, he accepted responsibility for the toast and kept a laminated photo of burnt bread in his wallet.

Reactions to the Death of Kobe Bryant

Jim treats each sport, as well as the players, with equal respect. When it comes to paying solemn respect or honor to some of the brightest stars in sports, he leaves nothing to chance.

After Kobe Bryant’s tragic and untimely death, Nantz began CBS’ golf coverage with the Kobe Bryant tragedy in real-time, leaving all of us in unspoken pain.

He expressed his emotions by gently acknowledging the news.

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Social Media Presence

Although the main occupation of James Nantz involves a lot of communication, he does not communicate a lot through social media and has no public profiles on social networking websites.

He may use some private profiles to keep up with the news and ongoing, but the profiles are unknown to his fans and listeners.