Jim Nantz reportedly sets last Final Four broadcast, successor lined up
Jim Nantz has long been the face of CBS Sports.
Alongside analyst Tony Romo and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson, Nantz makes up the No. 1 commentary team for the network’s NFL coverage, having called 6 Super Bowls and hosted several others. He is also the longtime voice of the Masters as well as CBS and Turner’s coverage of the NCAA Tournament.
That said, Nantz now appears ready to scale back some of his duties.
According to the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand, the 2023 NCAA Tournament, which ends with the Final Four in Houston, will be Nantz’s last. The 63-year-old and his wife have 2 elementary-aged children, while he also has an adult daughter from a previous marriage, and he desires to spend more time with them, he told Marchand.
CBS and Turner won’t go far to find Nantz’s replacement, reportedly turning to the popular Ian Eagle, who has a decorated resume of his own. And Nantz, who is a graduate of the University of Houston, is giving Eagle his full backing:
I will support him 1,000 percent. He doesn’t need my support. But I’m absolutely thrilled for him. He’s a great teammate. He’s been right in the middle of this NCAA Tournament for a long, long time. So he’s not dropping in from outside, I mean he’s going to be working an extra weekend. It happens to be the big one. And he is definitely capable and ready and will excel and he’ll take it to all new heights.
Nantz will continue to call NFL games and the Masters for CBS, while still handing out the national championship trophy to the winning team at the close of each tournament.