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Jim Nantz

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Biography:

Jim Nantz is a sportscaster with CBS who has appeared on a number of the network’s NFL, NCAA, and PGA Tour matches. Nantz is one of only 4 play-by-play announcers to call both a Super Bowl and an NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game. He is also one of only two men to host a Super Bowl, announce an NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game, and host coverage of the Masters.

Before working with CBS, Nantz worked as an anchor and sportscaster for KSL TV in Salt Lake City. In 1985, he began working for CBS as a studio host for college football and basketball; he also served as an on-course reporter for PGA Tour golf. One of Nantz’s major career accomplishments is covering the NCAA Final Four from 1991 through 2008. Another impressive feat is his hosting of CBS’s The NFL Today show from 1998-2003.By calling the play-by-play for Super Bowl XLI, Nantz became one of only four play-by-play announcers to ever call both a Super Bowl and an NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

Sports Speaker Nantz appeared in a Papa John’s Pizza ad with Peyton Manning in 2013. He has also appeared on many TV shows, including The Price Is Right, Arliss, Yes, Dear, Criminal Minds, and How I Met Your Mother. A vast array of awards has been given to Nantz, including a 2008 and 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Play-By-Play Personality. In addition to these awards, he has received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football of Fame, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Houston, and the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy award for Broadcasting. In 2012, Nantz received the Ambassador Award of Excellence by the LA Sports & Entertainment Commission for his involvement in the community. He released a book in 2008 entitled Always By My Side- A Father’s Grace and a Sports Journey Unlike Any Other, which tells of people he has met who remind him of the virtues his father instilled in him. In 2011, Nantz launched the Nantz National Alzheimer Center, which is dedicated to improving care and treatment for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.