Jim Nantz is an American sportscaster who has lent his voice to everything from college sports, the NFL, basketball, and golf since the 80s for CBS Sports. He’s a member of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
He was born on May 17, 1959, in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, as James William Nantz III.
His father, Jim Nantz Jr., passed away on June 28, 2008.
Jim went to Marlboro High School. During high school, Nantz was the number one player on the golf team and co-captain of the basketball team.
In 1981, Jim earned a degree in radio/television from the University of Houston. During college, Jim played for the Cougars’ golf team with Fred Couples.
In 1985, Nantz joined CBS Sports as studio host of the network’s college basketball and football coverage.
”The guy was 25, 26, and smooth as could be,” Ed Goren said. Goren was an executive producer at CBS Sports at the time. ”It was a pretty easy decision to offer him the job.”
From 1998 to 2003, he hosted CBS’s pre-game program The NFL Today.
In 2001, Jim was the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Houston.
In 2002, he was the youngest recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award.
In 2005, Jim played himself in the TV series ”Clubhouse.”
In 2007, Nantz became the first commentator in history to call the Masters, the NCAA Men’s Final Four, and the Super Bowl, all in the same year.
In 2008, Jim penned the New York Times bestseller ”Always By My Side” with Eli Spielman.
In 2011, Nantz received the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award.
In 2012, he was awarded the Ambassador Award of Excellence.
In 2017, Nantz made a guest appearance in the comedy series ”Life in Pieces.”
In 2021, Jim called Super Bowl LV with Tony Romo. In the same year, Nantz was inducted into the NSMA Hall of Fame.
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On April 16, 1983, Jim married Lorraine “Lorrie” Carlsen Nantz in Westport, Connecticut.
They have a daughter named Caroline, who currently works at The Calling Wine as a Project Manager. She also worked as a Production Assistant at CBS Television Studios.
The couple divorced on November 2, 2009. He was ordered to pay his ex-wife nearly $1 million a year in alimony and child support.
The alimony payments ($72,000 per month) are set to end when Nantz dies or Lorraine remarries, while the child support ($1,000 per week) ended when Caroline turned 18.
Jim also had to pay Caroline’s college expenses until she reached 23. Caroline graduated from the University of Southern California in 2016.
On June 9, 2012, Jim Nantz married Courtney Richards in a ceremony at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California.
In October 2011, Jim bought a property overlooking the Pebble Beach Links. He started the renovation of his Pebble Beach house 8 months prior to the wedding.
”There were 45 people in the house doing the finishing touches the day before the wedding,” Nantz said in February 2020 for Golf Week. He added: ”We had our rehearsal party and the christening of the house on the eve of the wedding.”
In their backyard, Jim built a miniaturized replica of Pebble’s seventh hole.
Note – Nantz met Courtney during his book tour. Courtney worked in sports marketing at the talent management company IMG.
He proposed in September 2010 while on vacation with former President George H.W. Bush, who once called Jim ”one of the nicest and most generous people we know.”
On March 14, 2014, Jim and Courtney welcomed a girl named – Finley Cathleen.
On February 1, 2016, their son Jameson Nantz was born.
6′ 3″ (1.91 m)
”They say time heals all wounds, but sometimes you wonder.”
”I’m blessed to have great friends, and there are a lot of men in my life who’ve been more than just friends.”
”I have a pretty good memory.”
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Jim Nantz – Net Worth & Salary
Nantz earned most of his wealth from covering the PGA Tour, the NBA, NCAA, and the NFL for CBS Sports.
According to court documents, Jim earned $7 million in 2009. His salary at CBS was around $3.2 million.
In 2012, Nantz earned over $8 million.
In March 2021, he inked a new contract with CBS. According to sources, Nantz’s salary at CBS is around $10.5 million per year. A nice raise from the $6.5 million per year he was previously making.
He’s the author of the books – ”Always by My Side: A Father’s Grace and a Sports Journey Unlike Any Other” and ”Always by My Side: A Heartwarming Story of Faith, Loyalty, Love, Optimism, Courage, and Grace.”
Jim also makes money from lending his voice to Titleist commercials.
In 2009, he launched a private wine label, The Calling, in partnership with Peter Deutsch — founder of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits.
He appeared in Tin Cup, Scrapple, Clubhouse, How I Met Your Mother, With a Kiss, Life in Pieces, and 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Therefore, sportscaster Jim Nantz has an estimated net worth of $20 million.
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