James William “Jim” Nantz, III was born on May 17, 1959. The 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 did 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 broadcasting 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.
Nantz was a sports anchor and sports commentator for the KHOU Houston in the early 80s and 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.
Nantz 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. From 2013 to 14, Greg Anthony teamed up with Nantz. But after the suspension of Anthony he was supported by Bill Raftery.
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.
Jim Nantz – Wife
His first wife’s name is Ann-Lorraine Carlsen, they were married for 26 before the divorce in 2009. They have a daughter called Caroline. As a part of alimony and child support, Nantz was ordered by court to pay his ex wife $916,000 per year. It was reported that Nantz was in a relationship with another woman, back then, before the divorce
On June 2012, the 1.93 meter tall Nantz got married to Courtney Richards, in Pebble Beach, California. The two have a baby girl, Nantz’ second child, a boy called Jameson, born on February, 2016
Jim Nantz – Net worth and salary
Nantz gets a yearly salary of $7 million and has a net worth of $15 million