(CBS Sports Broadcaster)
Jim Nantz, anchor of THE NFL ON CBS, has covered virtually every sport for the Network since joining CBS in 1985.
His extensive credits include serving as host of THE SUPER BOWL TODAY, CBS Sports' Super Bowl XXXV and Super Bowl XXXVIII pre-game show; anchor of CBS's golf coverage, including the Masters? and the PGA Championship; lead play-by-play announcer for college basketball, including the Final Four and Championship game; and primetime host of CBS Sports' coverage of the 1998 Olympic Winter Games. Nantz was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2002. He was voted 1998's National Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He was also named Best Golf Host in a 2002 Golf Digest survey with the largest margin of victory of anyone in the poll.
Nantz began his tenure at CBS Sports as 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 and all regular-season and post-season broadcasts. He returned as the lead voice of college football in 1996, calling the National Championship Game (Nebraska vs. Florida). In 1997, he moved into the studio to anchor COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY. His lead role in college football has included coverage of the Orange, Cotton, Fiesta, Sun, Gator and Blockbuster Bowls.
Nantz joined the CBS golf team in 1986. He became the anchor for the Network's coverage in April 1994 and was partnered with Ken Venturi until June 2002, when Lanny Wadkins assumed the lead analyst's role. Nantz has hosted CBS Sports' coverage of the Masters since 1989 and the PGA Championship since 1991 and served as anchor of the biennial Presidents Cup in 1994 and 1996. He also had a prominent role in Kevin Costner's 1996 hit movie "Tin Cup."
Nantz took over as lead play-by-play announcer for college basketball in 1990. Teamed with Billy Packer, he has called regular-season and NCAA Men's Basketball Championship games since then. He has called the play-by-play on more network broadcasts of the Final Four and Championship game than any other announcer in the tournament's history. From 1986 to 1990, he served as host of CBS's coverage of the NCAA tournament and Final Four. He also handled the play-by-play for regular- and post-season coverage of THE NBA ON CBS from 1986 to 1989.
Nantz's myriad assignments for CBS Sports include play-by-play at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships for nine years overall, co-hosting the weekend daytime coverage of the 1992 and 1994 Olympic Winter Games and coverage of NCAA track and field, skiing, speed skating, baseball, swimming and diving, gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Festival and Pan American Games and even polo. He also served as host of the Network's coverage of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1994, 1995, 2000 and 2001.
Nantz was graduated in 1981 with a degree in radio/television from the University of Houston, where he was recruited as a member of the golf team. 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 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.
With former President George Bush, Nantz created and organized the first-ever Olympic-style Super Bowl opening-ceremony gala, Super Bowl XXXVIII: A Houston Salute, an event created to welcome the Super Bowl to its host city.
He was born May 17, 1959, in Charlotte, N.C., and grew up in Colts Neck, N.J. He and his wife, Lorrie, live in Fairfield County, Conn. They have one daughter, Caroline.