Jim Nantz has been front and center for some of the biggest events in sports history throughout his career, even if you haven't seen his face.
The 61-year-old American sportscaster has been in the business since the 1980s, working on telecasts of Division I NCAA men's basketball, college football, the NBA, the NFL and the PGA Tour for CBS Sports. Nantz has become known as the voice of professional sports and specifically golf's greatest events such as The Masters and The U.S. Open.
In his personal life, Nantz has found love a couple of times along the way, too.
Jim Nantz Broadcasting Career
35 years ago today Jim Nantz said hello by joining CBS Sports as the studio host of the COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT and beginning a career that has been unlike any other. pic.twitter.com/fJDoO91JbP
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Jim Nantz was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and grew up in Marlboro Township, New Jersey. He attended Marlboro High School before going to college at the University of Houston, where he majored in broadcasting.
After college, Nantz found an opportunity in sports, working as a sportscaster for KHOU Houston. He then became the weekend sports anchor for KSL-TV in Salt Lake City, calling games for the BYU football team and the Utah Jazz from 1982-1985.
Nantz officially joined CBS in 1985, where he's become a key member of the network. At CBS, Nantz has led the network's coverage of The Masters since 1989. He's also called Final Four games since 1991 and called Sunday Night Football games for CBS Radio Sports.
Perhaps what Nantz is best known for at CBS is his football coverage. Nantz was the host of CBS's The NFL Today for five years before becoming the network's marquee play-by-play announcer of the National Football League in 2004.
In 2007, Nantz was given the opportunity to call play-by-play for Super Bowl XLI between the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts.
He's earned various awards throughout his career in broadcasting, including multiple Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Personality, as well as National Sportscaster of the Year.
Jim Nantz's First Marriage
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While Jim Nantz's career at CBS was booming, his marriage wasn't faring quite as well.
Nantz's first wife was Ann-Lorraine Carlsen Nantz. The couple lived in Westport, Connecticut, and got married in 1983. They welcomed their daughter Caroline Nantz in 1994.
Things between James William Nantz III and Lorraine "Lorrie" Carlsen Nantz didn't last, and the couple split in 2009 after 26 years of marriage.
After a messy divorce, Nantz was ordered by judge Howard Owens to fork over $916,000 per year in child support and alimony to his ex-wife.
Who is Jim Nantz's Wife Today?
While the divorce was proceeding, Nantz began a relationship with his current wife, Courtney Richards. Richards and Nantz met through IMG, a talent management company which represented Nantz, and where Richards worked as vice president. Although their relationship was not the cause of the divorce, judge Howard cleared the air in the divorce proceedings by remaking that "this remote event in no way contributed to the breakdown of the marriage."
Prior to getting married, the couple were engaged for 21 months, and Nantz actually proposed to Richards while vacationing with George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush.
The two got married in 2012 in Pebble Beach, California, where they currently reside.
Neither Nantz nor his wife Courtney are active on social media, but the sports personality does have a book out called "Always By My Side," a New York Times bestseller documenting some of sports' most significant moments and honoring his father, who passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
Jim Nantz Net Worth
Being a Hall of Fame CBS sportscaster certainly pays well. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the college basketball broadcaster pockets $5 million annually from his salary with the network and boasts an estimated net worth of $15 million.
Nantz's first marriage may not have lasted the test of time, but he and current wife look set for a happy future together.
This post was originally published on November 6, 2020.
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