Jim Nantz has strung together a legendary sports broadcasting career spent almost entirely with CBS. Nantz‘s time with the company has come into question with the ongoing contract negotiations. The uncertainty around his future with CBS is fueled by talks of another prominent sports media business attempting to pry him away.
Jim Nantz’s contract situation with CBS
Over the last few months, the conversation behind the scenes has remained on Jim Nantz’s contract situation with CBS.
Last November, reports from the New York Post stated that he is seeking near Tony Romo‘s $17.5 million annual salary. That would be a significant bump up from the $6.5 million that he makes per year. The 61-year-old has been with CBS since 1985 and has been a staple voice in the broadcast booth.
He has worked as a play-by-play voice for many sporting events that extend to the NFL, Golf, and college basketball. Nantz is currently scheduled to cover Super Bowl 55, The Masters, and the Final Four over the next three months. It should be noted that he has voiced that he wants to cover The Master until he’s 75 years old.
He will work alongside Romo for the second time on the NFL’s grandest stage, which also marks the sixth overall time in his illustrious broadcast career. As the Super Bowl quickly approaches, reports are emerging that another prominent sports media company may swoop in to make a run at Nantz.
Jim Nantz has another sports media company interested in him
Jim Nantz has spent his legendary broadcast career with CBS as one of their top play-by-play voices.
However, Nantz’s recent contract discussions to extend his tenure with the company has opened up the possibility that it could lead to his departure. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports is reporting that ESPN holds some interest in signing Nantz and may swoop in to land the 61-year-old.
ESPN hopes to solidify their broadcast presence further as they are eyeing to acquire potentially two NFL TV packages. The company may have the plan for the award-winning broadcaster to cover a few Super Bowls. His career resume speaks for itself as he has a wealth of experience and individual awards that further underline his excellence in the booth.
ESPN has their attention on Nantz, but the firm belief remains that the longtime broadcaster will likely stay with the company. That may probably be the case, but the sports media giant can make things very interesting.
What will unfold ahead?
CBS’ primary plan in the entire situation is to work out a lengthy contract with Jim Nantz.
His presence within the company will be hard to replace, given his versatility with his sports coverage. However, CBS does have a backup plan after inking play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle to a long-term deal.
The contract is widely believed to be longer than the standard three-year agreement. Eagle is one of the most respected voices in the industry over the last few decades. He has a plethora of experience covering the NFL, NBA, and NCAA basketball.
Eagle currently works with the YES Network as the Brooklyn Nets play-by-play announcer and does NBA playoff coverage for TNT. CBS is centering their attention on retaining Nantz, but if things head in another direction, the company has a strong backup plan.
The next several weeks will provide plenty of clarity of where the contract talks are headed.