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Jim Nantz
Jim Nantz by set of The NFL Today, 2001.
Background information
Birth name: James William Nantz, III
Date of birth: May 17, 1959 (1959-05-17) (age 50)
Birth location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Genre(s): Play-by-play
Sports: Lead Play-by-Play Announcer, NFL on CBS
Play-By-Play Broadcaster, College Basketball; Golf

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




Early life

Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Nantz grew up in Colts Neck Township, New Jersey[1] and attended Marlboro High School.[2] 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 Houston in Texas, 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


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 Masters 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 Houston in 2001. The veteran NCAA announcer is also one of the youngest recipients of the Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy award for broadcasting.

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

Nantz teamed with Gary McCord to provide extensive commentary in the 1990s PC golf game Jack Nicklaus 6 - Golden Bear Challenge, and his commentary is featured in the Golden Tee golf arcade game series.

Nantz had been living in Westport, Connecticut with his wife, Lorrie, and daughter. The Nantzes are currently in divorce court, the Connecticut Post reported on October 18, 2009. [3]

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.

Nantz appeared as himself in the 1996 film Tin Cup, and has appeared in episodes of several television series including Arliss, Yes, Dear, Criminal Minds, and How I Met Your Mother. He portrayed the announcer for the fictional baseball team in the short-lived series Clubhouse, and his voice can be heard in the 1998 film Scrapple.

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."


Hello, friends! (Nantz's usual opening line on broadcasts)


The Bear...has come out of hibernation. (final round of 1986 Masters, referring to Jack Nicklaus)


There was a wizard in the stands and some magic on the floor (After UCLA won the 1995 National title in basketball. He was referring John Wooden, the legendary coach of UCLA.)
There it is, a win for the ages! (1997 Masters, referring to Tiger Woods)
I don’t want to hear about bumpy greens, I don’t want to hear about six-hour rounds. This is the showpiece for the PGA Tour. Get out here and play. (prior to the final round at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, talking about the Tiger Woods no-show)
Just when everybody says u can't, u can, and U-CONN has won the national championship! (1999 NCAA Basketball Championship Game, Connecticut vs. Duke)


A tradition unlike any other. (The Masters)
Yes you May. (2000 PGA Championship)
There it is -- as grand as it gets! (2001 Masters)
Hinrich puts up the shot, it's too long and Syracuse is your National Champion! (2003 NCAA National Championship)
The mecca of college basketball is in Storrs, Connecticut! (2004 NCAA Tournament, as Emeka Okafor and the UCONN men joined the UCONN women as NCAA Champs)
Is it his time?...Yes!..At long last! (2004 Masters, as Phil Mickelson made the tournament-winning shot for his first major)
Watch his life change right here. (2004 Masters, while watching Mickelson's reaction to his winning putt on videotape)
It started in March, ended in April, and belonged to May (2005 NCAA Tournament)
There's a new Dean in college basketball! (2005 NCAA Tournament, referring to Roy Williams leading North Carolina to the 2005 NCAA Championship)
I'm blessed to have great friends, and there's a lot of men in my life who've been more than just friends, particularly in the last 10 years with my dad battling Alzheimer's.(Golf Digest, April 2005)
Gators... as good as it gets (2006 NCAA Tournament)
Florida takes its place in history, back-to-back and unforgettable! (2007 NCAA Tournament)
A tradition unlike any other, The Masters on CBS.(Used annually during promos for and coverage of the tournament, although not always by Nantz)
...and now Luke Donald trying to solve this piece of geometry." (Donald reading a putt at The 2007 PGA)
And, talk about David and Goliath! I submit to you Davidson College, to the Sweet 16!" -- Nantz, as the clock hit 00.0 in Davidson's thrilling upset in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament over Georgetown.
A Kansas comeback for the history books, Rock Chalk, Championship! Kansas takes the title! (2008 NCAA Tournament)
Y.E YES... Y.E Yang has won the PGA Championship!" -- Nantz as Y.E. Yang hits his birdie putt to defeat Tiger Woods and win the 2009 PGA Championship.
Picked off. Look out! Gets past Manning. And it's Tracy Porter taking it all the way! Touchdown New Orleans!" (Nantz calling Tracy Porter's fourth quarter 74-yard interception return for a touchdown as the New Orleans Saints upset the Indianapolis Colts to win Super Bowl XLIV.)


  1. ^ CBS Sports Team: Jim Nantz, CBS Sports. Accessed April 4, 2008. "He was born May 17, 1959, in Charlotte, N.C., and grew up in Colts Neck, N.J."
  2. ^ Cox Classic Headliners, accessed November 29, 2006.
  3. ^ Connecticut Post CBS sportscaster, wife testify in Bridgeport

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Preceded by
Dick Stockton
Studio Host, College Basketball on CBS
Succeeded by
Pat O'Brien
Preceded by
Brent Musburger
Play-by-play announcer, NCAA Men's Final Four
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Greg Gumbel
American television prime time anchor, Winter Olympic Games
Succeeded by
Bob Costas
Preceded by
Greg Gumbel
The NFL Today host
Succeeded by
Greg Gumbel
Preceded by
Greg Gumbel
Lead play-by-play announcer, The NFL on CBS
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