Despite some recent speculation that longtime CBS sports broadcaster Jim Nantz might seek a new television home, he signed a new contract with the network, according to a report Thursday in the Sports Business Journal.
The 61-year-old Nantz, part of the network’s top NFL broadcast pairing and also quite familiar to golf and college basketball viewers, has been with CBS since 1985.
His agent, Sandy Montag, and the network confirmed to Sports Business Journal that Nantz is staying put, but neither the length nor the dollar amount of the contract were revealed. The New York Post reported that the deal is believed to be worth at least $10.5 million annually, around the salaries of NBC’s Mike Tirico and Fox’s Joe Buck.
Nantz is believed to be earning $6.5 million annually on his current contract, which expires this spring. A report from the New York Post indicated that Nantz wanted to get at least as much as his NFL broadcast partner, former Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, who recently signed a contract with CBS for $17 million per year.
Neither CBS nor Nantz wanted their association to end, the Sports Business Journal reported, citing insiders who said Nantz did not hold serious negotiations with any other networks.
Nantz and Romo called their second Super Bowl together last month, and it was Nantz’s sixth in his career.
Nantz is also the longtime voice of the network’s coverage of The Masters, which is scheduled to return to April this year after a postponement to November last year because of the pandemic. He also made famous the phrase “a tradition unlike any other” in reference to the tournament.
–Field Level Media