What makes Jim Nantz tick?

James William “Jim” Nantz, III was born on May 17, 1959. This American sports commentator has worked on telecasts of the NFL, NCAA Division I for men’s basketball and PGA Tour for the CBS Sports channel.

Early life and education

This sports commentator was born in North Carolina at Charlotte. He has done his schooling from the Marlboro High School and has spent his childhood days in New Jersey and in Louisiana. In his high school days, he represented his schools’ basketball team where he was the vice-captain. He has some good skills in playing golf also. There also he was the vice-captain and was the player number one in the team. He was also a member of the Bamm Hollow Country Club.

After completing his high school education he went to Texas and got his graduate degree from the University of Houston. He studied on the broadcasting studies and also featured in the Houston Cougars men’s golf team with Blaine McCallister and Fred Couples who became famous golf players later. It was at this time, Nantz, the sports commentator got his very first experience of being into sports broadcasting with the CBS. He transmitted the interview reports for Win Elliot for Win Elliot’s report on Sports Central USA weekends.

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Nantz was a sports anchor and sports commentator for the KHOU Houston and later he became a weekend sports anchor of KSL-TV at Salt Lake City from 1982 to 1985. Nantz started working with the CBS from 1985. Firstly, he was a studio anchor for the grid’s college basketball and football coverage, and a PGA Tour golf reporter, as well as a commentator for NFL games on Westwood One during 1988–1990.

Later when he started working for TV , Nantz anchored ‘Sunday Night Football’ games. Nantz has hosted CBS’ coverage of the Golfs Masters tournament from 1989 onwards. He along with Billy Packer hosted the NCAA Final Four men’s basketball finals for 17 long years starting from 1991 to 2008. For the period of 2008 to 2013, Clark Kellogg was his analyst. From 2010 to 13, Nantz and Kellogg were assisted by Steve Kerr of TNT Sports during the Final Four.

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In 2009, Nantz and wine producer Peter Deutsch launched a private wine label “The calling” and its vintage version released in 2012.

Nantz is a regular political provider, usually supporting associates of the Republican Party. In the past period he has contributed money to the operations of Joe Lieberman, George W. Bush, Fred Thompson and Lindsey Graham. In recent times he has funded the maximum sum allowed by law to support 2016 Presidential Campaign of Jeb Bush’s.

Nantz played himself in the movie ‘Tin Cup’ (1996). He has also acted in TV series like How I met your Mother, Criminal Minds, Yes, Dear and Airliss.

Jim Nantz – Salary and Net Worth

James William “Jim” Nantz, is a sports commentator who features in CBS, PGA, NCAA and NFL gets a yearly salary of $7 million and has a net worth of $15 million.

Wife and Children

His first wife was Ann- Lorraine Carlsen Nantz, which he was in relationship for 26 years before divorcing her in 2009. They have one daughter Caroline.

On June 9, 2012, Nantz married Courtney Richards in Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. They had a baby girl in 2014, followed by a son in 2016.


Nantz’s book ‘Always By My Side’ released in 2008, talks of  his personal stories that reflect his experience in baskeball, golf and football. He also talks about how his father and other people who mattered, taught him life’s most valuable lessons.

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