Jim Nantz, the three-time Emmy Award winner and five-time National Sportscaster of the Year, joined the CBS Television Network in 1985. He currently serves as the lead play-by-play announcer for THE NFL ON CBS, including the Super Bowl; the lead anchor of CBS’s golf coverage, including the Masters and the PGA Championship; and lead play-by-play announcer for college basketball, including the NCAA Men’s Final Four. In 2007, 2010 & again in 2013, Nantz completed a rare broadcasting 'triple play' in a 63-day span by becoming the first commentator in history to broadcast the Super Bowl, NCAA Men’s Final Four and the Masters, all in the same year.
In August 2011, Nantz received the Pro Football Hall of Fame Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. He is the youngest recipient ever of this award. Nantz also was honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as its youngest recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2002. Nantz joins Dick Enberg and Curt Gowdy as the only broadcasters to receive both Pro Football and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors.
On January 19, 2011, Nantz returned to his adopted hometown of Houston to team with The Methodist Hospital to create the Nantz National Alzheimer Center (NNAC). The NNAC is committed to cutting-edge Alzheimer’s research in hopes of one day finding a cure (www.nantzfriends.org). The NNAC also focuses on the possible connection between concussions and other traumatic brain injuries in athletes and the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Nantz’s father, Jim Nantz Jr., himself a former college football player and lifelong inspiration to his broadcaster son, suffered from the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease for 13 years and Nantz chronicled his father’s story in the instant New York Times bestseller, Always By My Side. Co-authored with Eli Spielman, the book climbed to No.3 on the New York Times list, making it the highest ranking achieved by a sports book in 2008 and the inspiration for Nantz to open the NNAC. The foreword to the book was written by one of his father figures and dear friend, former President George H.W. Bush.
Nantz, along with a leader in the wine industry, Peter Deutsch, CEO of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, formed the Deutsch Nantz Alliance (DNA) to produce a Sonoma-based wine brand named THE CALLING (www.thecallingwine.com). Released in June 2012, their greatly anticipated first vintage was introduced to the market and Wine Spectator featured it in their July 2012 issue.
Nantz 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. In May 2001, he received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from his alma mater, becoming its first former student-athlete to ever deliver the commencement address and be bestowed an honorary degree at the university.
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“Jim was a huge hit! What a wonderful man!! His positive, humble attitude not to mention his detailed memory of events was just incredible. Watching sports with Jim as the sportscaster has a new meaning now.
We could not be more pleased with how the event turned out.”
-- Spencer Stuart