Jim Nantz

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Jim Nantz
Jim Nantz by set of The NFL Today, 2001.
BornJames William Nantz, III
(1959-05-17) May 17, 1959 (age 55)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Sports commentary career
SportsNFL on CBS
College Basketball on CBS
PGA Tour on CBS
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Jim Nantz
Jim Nantz by set of The NFL Today, 2001.
BornJames William Nantz, III
(1959-05-17) May 17, 1959 (age 55)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Sports commentary career
SportsNFL on CBS
College Basketball on CBS
PGA Tour on CBS

James William "Jim" Nantz, III (born May 17, 1959) is an American sportscaster who has worked on telecasts of the National Football League (NFL), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's basketball and the PGA Tour for CBS Sports since the 1990s. He has been the NFL on CBS's top play-by-play announcer since 2004.


Early life[edit]

Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Nantz grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana[1] and Marlboro, New Jersey[2] and attended Marlboro High School.[3] 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.[4] It was during this time that Nantz got his first experience in sports broadcasting with the CBS Radio Network, transmitting taped interviews to Win Elliot for the latter's Sports Central USA weekend reports.[5]

Before CBS Sports[edit]

Nantz worked as an anchor and sportscaster for KSL TV in Salt Lake City.[6]

At CBS[edit]

Nantz joined CBS in 1985, initially working as a studio host for the network's college football and basketball coverage, and as an on-course reporter for PGA Tour golf, as well as calling NFL games on Westwood One (from 1988-1990, when he was moved to television, Nantz called Sunday Night Football games for what was then, CBS Radio Sports). Nantz has anchored CBS' coverage of the Masters tournament since 1989. He has teamed with Billy Packer to call the NCAA Final Four men's basketball finals from 1991 until 2008. From 2008-2013, Clark Kellogg had been his analyst. From 2010-13, Nantz and Kellogg have been joined during the Final Four by Steve Kerr of TNT Sports. Starting in 2013, Greg Anthony will partner with Nantz.[7]

The NFL on CBS[edit]

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. In 1993, Nantz had previously filled-in for his predecessor, Greg Gumbel as NFL Today host while Gumbel was away covering the American League Championship Series for CBS. Verne Lundquist and Dan Fouts were the #2 team for much of the 1993 season. However, Nantz and Randy Cross would call the second round playoff game for CBS (Dallas vs. Green Bay) not called by Pat Summerall and John Madden. Meanwhile, Tim Ryan and Matt Millen were the #3 team for much of the 1993 season.

On February 4, 2007, Nantz called the play-by-play of Super Bowl XLI. He joins Curt Gowdy, Kevin Harlan, 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 Bowls, Super Bowl XXXV and 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.

Media appearances[edit]

Nantz has appeared on episodes of The Price Is Right to present a Showcase prize that involves CBS Sports properties, one to attend the 2009 Final Four in Detroit and another in 2010 for Super Bowl XLIV (with Phil Simms), 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 (season 5, episode 14). 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.

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

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.

Starting in 2012, Nantz, along with Phil Simms, are provideing commentary for the Madden NFL series. In 2013 Nantz, appeared in Papa John's Pizza ad with Peyton Manning quarterback of the Denver Broncos and founder John Schnatter. During Super Bowl XLVII Joe Flacco unknowingly hit Nantz with the Vince Lombardi Trophy during the presentation, but Nantz simply brushed it off.

Career timeline[edit]


Nantz won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-by-Play in both 2008 and 2009.[6]

Nantz has been honored with the NSSA’s National Sportscaster of the Year award five times (1998, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009).[8] In 2011, Nantz was named as a recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[9]

Nantz received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Houston in 2001. He also is one of the youngest recipients of the Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy award for broadcasting.

Nantz was awarded the Ambassador Award of Excellence by the LA Sports & Entertainment Commission in 2012 for his involvement in the community.[10]

Broadcasting partners[edit]


Nantz's first book, Always By My Side – A Father’s Grace and a Sports Journey Unlike Any Other, was released 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’s father, Jim Nantz Jr., died in 2008 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease; he was treated at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. In January 2011, Jim Nantz and The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas launched the Nantz National Alzheimer Center. The mission of the Center is to improve care and treatment for patients with Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research and the investigation of its causes, including the role of concussions and other past neurological trauma.

Nantz was married to Ann-Lorraine "Lorrie" Carlsen Nantz for 26 years before divorcing in 2009. The couple lived in Westport, Connecticut and had one child, daughter Caroline.[11]

In November 2009, Jim Nantz was ordered to pay his ex-wife $916,000 a year in child support and alimony. Nantz acknowledged dating a 29-year-old woman before the divorce was final, although the judge concluded the marriage deteriorated years earlier and "this remote event in no way contributed to the breakdown of the marriage." Nantz earns $7 million a year.[12]

On June 9, 2012, Nantz married Courtney Richards in a ceremony at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California.[13] On March 14, 2014 Nantz and his wife welcomed a baby girl.[14]


Cabernet Sauvignon from the Alexander Valley produced for Nantz's The Calling label.

In 2009, Nantz partnered with wine producer Peter Deutsch to launch a private wine label The Calling with its first vintage released in 2012. The wine's name is in reference to Nantz's calling of The Masters tournament.[15]


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 to John Wooden, the legendary coach of UCLA.). As Jim Harrick and UCLA now can hang a banner in Westwood. (referring to UCLA's tradition of hanging only national championship banners at Pauley Pavilion).
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 people say you can't, you can, and UConn has won the National Championship! (1999 NCAA Basketball Championship Game, Connecticut vs. Duke)


And you can leave it to Cleaves! He has reinstated the Magic at Michigan State! (2000 NCAA National Championship Game)
Yes you May. (2000 PGA Championship)
There it is -- as grand as it gets! (2001 Masters)
That's it. Duke has the Championship! And Coach K is the proud father of three in more ways than one. (2001 NCAA National Championship)
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)
The March to the Arch belongs to Michigan State in double overtime! (2005 NCAA Men's Basketball Division I Austin Regional Final)
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)
A performance from the start that could not have been any finer, North Carolina is the 2009 National Champion! (2009 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.)
That's a win for the family. (As Phil Mickelson seals the 2010 Masters with a birdie on the 18th hole on Sunday)


Oh, it almost went in! It almost went in, and Duke is the king of the dance, 2010! (Gordon Hayward missing the final half court shot of the 2010 NCAA Tournament)
Everyone talked about the dog fight coming in, right? Huskies and Bulldogs. But one thing was very clear tonight, here in Houston. Connecticut wins best in show! (UConn clinching the 2011 NCAA Tournament)
Got him at the 40! It's (Demaryius Thomas) at the 50! Stiff arm got him free to the 30. To the 20, Thomas to the 10...Denver's going on to New England! They win it on the first play of overtime! (Denver Broncos with Tim Tebow at quarterback defeating the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011-12 NFL Playoffs)
Here comes Billy Cundiff to tie this game and in all likelihood send it to overtime. The last two years, 16 of 16 in the 4th quarter on field goals. 32 yards to tie it. And the kick... Lookout! Lookout! It's no good! It's no good! (Baltimore Ravens losing the 2012 AFC Championship Game to New England Patriots after a missed field goal with 11 seconds left of the 4th quarter)
Well this is it, isn't it? This is the putt...every boy who ever grew up playing the game who made it as a pro, over and over again dreamt of one putt to win the Masters. (In anticipation of Bubba Watson's putt on the first hole of a sudden death playoff at the 2012 Masters Tournament)
Flacco heaves it down the field, wide open it's Jones! Catches it on his back, he can get up! Jones makes the shift, Jones to the end zone and he's in for the score! What a play by Jacoby Jones!" (Joe Flacco's 56 yard touchdown to Jacoby Jones late in the second quarter during Super Bowl XLVII)
And he (Sam Koch) booms this one. That takes the fair catch, free kick out of play. And its (Ted Ginn, Jr.)...Ginn to the 40. Still on his feet at the 50...and the Ravens have won it 34-31. The Super Bowl belongs to Baltimore! (The final four seconds of Super Bowl XLVII as Ted Ginn, Jr. is tackled by Josh Bynes after a safety kick by Sam Koch to clinch the Baltimore Ravens's victory)
Oh, Lord. (Nantz reacting to a replay of Kevin Ware of the Louisville Cardinals suffering a compound fracture of his right leg while attempting to block a shot attempt during the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament)
We're gonna see an attempt here, at an all-time record field goal in NFL history. We believe it'll be from 64 yards for (Matt Prater). 63 the record, of course Tom Dempsey, Jason Elam, a former Bronco. And now, for the all time mark from 64, Matt Prater's kick is... good! History is made! (Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater's record breaking 64 yard field goal, to close the first half on December 8, 2013 in a game between the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans.)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Radio Interview on The Don Geronimo Show. Aired January 30, 2012.
  2. ^ 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."
  3. ^ Cox Classic Headliners, accessed November 29, 2006.
  4. ^ "Broadcaster Nantz in front row for sports history". Houston Chronicle. 2010-09-12. 
  5. ^ Sandomir, Richard. "Win Elliot, Who Broadcast Sports With Flair, Dies at 83," The New York Times, Sunday, September 20, 1998.
  6. ^ a b "CBS Sports TV Team". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  7. ^ Fine, Marshall, "The Voice of Sports", Cigar Aficionado, June 2011, pp. 62–76.
  8. ^ http://www.nssafame.com/General/15266
  9. ^ "Jim Nantz named Rozelle Award winner". 2011-07-06. 
  10. ^ "Sports commentator Jim Nantz to receive coveted award at LASEC Golf Classic". 
  11. ^ Connecticut Post, CBS sportscaster, wife testify in Bridgeport
  12. ^ "Jim Nantz on the hook for $916,000 annually in divorce settlement". Chicago Sun Times. 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  13. ^ "Jim Nantz Is Getting Married At Pebble Beach Today". Deadspin. 2012-06-09. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  14. ^ Brown, Larry (2014-03-15). "Jim Nantz and wife Courtney have baby girl". Larry Brown Sports. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  15. ^ Jennifer Mayerle "Sports Commentator Jim Nantz has a second calling, wine" CBS Atlanta, April 11th, 2013

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