CBS SPORTS’ JIM NANTZ ON A RUN UNLIKE ANY OTHER
HISTORIC 63-DAY SPRINT HAS CBS SPORTS BROADCASTER CALLING SUPER BOWL XLI, NCAA DIVISION I MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP AND FINAL FOUR, AND THE MASTERS®
In an incredible 63-day run, Jim Nantz, who has covered virtually every sport for the CBS Television Network since joining it in 1985, will have one of the most amazing and enviable roles in sports broadcasting. Nantz will call Super Bowl XLI, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and the Masters®.
After having served as host of THE SUPER BOWL TODAY for CBS Sports Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVIII pre-game shows, Nantz will the handle the play-by-play, alongside lead analyst Phil Simms, for CBS Sports’ coverage of Super Bowl XLI on Sunday, Feb. 4 in Miami, Fla. He joins colleague Greg Gumbel as the only announcers to ever host and call a Super Bowl.
Following Super Bowl Sunday, Nantz will join his CBS Sports golf team, along with new lead analyst Nick Faldo, as he travels to the West Coast for two weeks as the anchor of the Network’s golf coverage at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and Nissan Open. From the freeways of northern and southern California, Nantz will then merge onto “The Road To The Final Four” as CBS Sports’ lead play-by-play announcer for college basketball and the Network’s exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship which tips off Thursday, March 15.
He and lead analyst Billy Packer will call the Final Four and National Championship games in Atlanta on March 31 and April 2. Nantz, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as the youngest recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2002, has called play-by-play on more network broadcasts of the Final Four and Championship game than any other announcer in the tournament’s history. And, he joins an elite pair of legendary broadcasters, CBS Sports colleague Dick Enberg and Curt Gowdy, as the only broadcasters to call a Super Bowl and an NCAA Division I Men’s National Championship game.
Tuesday morning after the title game, as the madness gives way to spring’s tranquil rite of passage, Nantz will take a leisurely two-hour drive across the state of Georgia to the majestic setting of Augusta National Golf Club to call his 22nd Masters®. Nantz serves as anchor and host of CBS Sports’ 52nd consecutive broadcast of the Masters Tournament on April 5-8. The Masters is the world’s most prestigious golf tournament and first major of the year.
Upon the conclusion of this magical 63-day run, Nantz also becomes the only broadcaster in history to have announced the Super Bowl, the NCAA Championship and the Masters in the same year. But, it really never ends for Nantz as he continues to anchor CBS Sports golf coverage throughout the spring and summer as the dominant carrier of the PGA TOUR with 19 events, and 25 golf tournaments in all, including the PGA Championship in August.
Nantz, who was named the 2005 National Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, joins Pat Summerall, Chris Schenkel, Ray Scott and John Madden as the only commentators to ever win the award while working at CBS Sports. He had previously won the award in 1998 and now joins Schenkel and Scott as the only CBS broadcasters to win the award more than once.