Jim Nantz Biography
Jim Nantz born James William Nantz, III, is an American sportscaster. He was born on May 17, 1959 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Nantz grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Colts Neck Township, New Jersey, and Marlboro Township, New Jersey.
He attended Marlboro High School. In high school, he was co-captain of the basketball team and co-captain and number one player on the golf team. He then went to the University of Houston in Texas, where he majored in broadcasting and played on the Houston Cougars men’s golf team. 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.
He received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from his alma mater in May 2001 in recognition of his contributions to his profession and to the university. While a student at Houston, he held a variety of broadcasting jobs, which led to positions at the city’s CBS stations KHOU-TV and KTRH Radio. Before joining CBS Sports, Nantz was an anchor at KSL-TV in Salt Lake City, then a CBS affiliate. While at KSL, he also broadcast Utah Jazz basketball games and did play-by-play with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young for BYU football games, including the 1984 National Championship year.
Nantz began his tenure at CBS Sports as the host of the Network’s college football studio show (1985-88). He was lead play-by-play announcer for CBS’s coverage of college football (1989-90) and went on to cover the NFL in 1991. By 1993, he was calling play-by-play for the Network’s second-team coverage of THE NFL ON CBS regular-season and post-season broadcasts. He returned as the lead voice of college football in 1996, calling the National Championship Games for the 1996 and 1997 seasons (Fiesta Bowl: Nebraska vs. Florida and Orange Bowl: Tennessee vs. Nebraska, respectively). In 1997, he returned to the studio to anchor COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY.
Nantz joined the CBS Sports golf team in 1986. He became the anchor of the Network’s golf coverage in April 1994 and was partnered with Ken Venturi until June 2002, and Lanny Wadkins until 2006, before Sir Nick Faldo assumed the lead analyst role in 2007. Nantz has broadcast the Masters¨ tournament since 1986 and the PGA Championship since 1991, and served as anchor of the biennial Presidents Cup in 1994 and 1996.
In 2007 Nantz became the first commentator in history to complete the rare broadcasting three-feat – calling the Super Bowl, the NCAA Men’s Final Four and the Masters all in a span of 63 days. In 2010 Nantz repeated the rare broadcasting triple beginning with his call of the most-watched program in television history (at the time of its airing), the Super Bowl between the New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts, followed by the Final Four and the Masters¨. Nantz will once again repeat this trifecta in 2013.
In 2010 Nantz won his second consecutive Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-By-Play. In addition, Nantz was honored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association as National Sportscaster of the Year for the fifth time (2010, 2008, 2007, 2005 and 1998). Nantz has won this prestigious award more times than any other CBS Sports commentator in history.
On January 19, 2011, Nantz returned to his adopted hometown of Houston to team with The Methodist Hospital to create the Nantz National Alzheimer Center (NNAC). The NNAC is dedicated to funding innovative diagnostic discoveries for early and accurate detection of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementing illnesses in hopes of one day finding a cure (www.nantzfriends.org). The NNAC also focuses on the possible connection between concussions and other traumatic brain injuries in athletes and the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Nantz’s father, Jim Nantz Jr., himself a former college football player and lifelong inspiration to his broadcaster son, suffered from the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease for 13 years and Nantz chronicled his father’s story in the instant New York Times bestseller, Always By My Side. Co-authored with Eli Spielman, the book climbed to No.3 on the New York Times list, making it the highest ranking achieved by a sports book in 2008 and the inspiration for Nantz to open the NNAC. The foreword to the book was written by one of his father figures and dear friend, former President George H.W. Bush.
In August 2011 Nantz became the youngest recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. Nantz also was honored in 2002 by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as its youngest recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award. Nantz joins Dick Enberg and Curt Gowdy as the only broadcasters to receive both Pro Football and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors.
Jim Nantz has covered virtually every sport for the CBS Television Network since joining it in 1985. He has been the lead play-by-play voice for THE NFL ON CBS since 2004, teaming up with Phil Simms on the Network’s number one NFL and Super Bowl announce team. For six years (1998-2003) he anchored the Network’s NFL pre-game studio show, THE NFL TODAY and hosted its coverage of the Super Bowl. In addition, Nantz is the anchor of CBS’s golf coverage, including the Mastersè and the PGA Championship and lead play-by-play announcer for college basketball, including the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship and Final Four.
Jim Nantz Age
He was born on May 17, 1959.
Jim Nantz Height
Nantz stands at a height of 6′ 3″ (1.91 m).
Jim Nantz Wife – Jim Nantz Divorce
Nantz was married to Anne Lorraine Carlsen for 26 years before divorcing in 2009. The couple lived in Westport, Connecticut, and had one child, daughter Caroline.
Jim Nantz New Wife
Nantz married Courtney Richards on June 9, 2012 in a ceremony at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. On March 14, 2014, Nantz and his wife welcomed a baby girl. The couple welcomed their second child, a boy named Jameson, on February 1, 2016.
Jim Nantz Girlfriend
Nantz acknowledged dating a 29-year-old woman before the divorce from Anne Lorraine Carlsen was final.
Jim Nantz Kids – Jim Nantz Son
He had a daughter, Caroline with former wife Anne Lorraine Carlsen. Together with wife Courtney Richards, they have two children; a boy named Jameson and born on February 1, 2016 and a girl.
Jim Nantz Salary
Nantz earns $7 million a year.
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Jim Nantz Net Worth
Jim Nantz has an estimated net worth of $15 million.
Jim Nantz Wine
Nantz, along with a leader in the wine industry, Peter Deutsch, CEO of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, formed the Deutsch Nantz Alliance (DNA) to produce a Sonoma-based wine brand named THE CALLING. Released in June 2012, their greatly anticipated first vintage was introduced to the market and Wine Spectator featured it in their July 2012 issue.
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Jim Nantz Toast
Jim likes his toast burnt that he carries a photo of burnt toast in his wallet because, yeah, he likes his toast that way. He explained why he likes burnt toast.
“On the other hand, there’s a little Jack Nicholson in “Five Easy Pieces” in me. I’m a breakfast guy: three eggs scrambled, with bacon and wheat toast, burnt. The problem is, it never came back burnt. For years it would arrive limp and tan, which brought breakfast to a standstill when I sent the toast back. It was costing me 10 minutes a day, which, multiplied by six days a week, is four hours a month. That’s 48 hours—two full days—per year. My friends, time is currency. My wife, Courtney, got tired of hearing me complain about it. She found a photograph on the Internet of a kitchen toaster ejecting two slices of burnt toast. She minimized it, printed it out and had it laminated. She insisted I put it in my wallet. When I order, I present the photo to my server. I get some strange looks, but I can assure you, the toast now arrives black and scary, just the way I like it.”