James William Nantz III is an American sportscaster, who is known for his powerful telecasts for the National Football League (NFL) and the PGA Tour for CBS Sports. He is one of the most known names in his field and an inspiration to many who aspire to be a sportscaster.
Here are some interesting facts about Jim Nantz:
1. Jim Nantz net worth is estimated to be more than $15 million.
As of 2018, Jim Nantz net worth more than $15 million. Being one of the best at his craft, he is a person in high demand. Not many personalities are present who can deliver the consistent performances that keep the viewers engaged with games. Playing such an important role of holding the viewers’ attention as a telecaster, he has been able to make a fortune.
Jim Nantz’s net worth is monumental today and is the accumulated result of a portfolio that has taken his entire life to build. The fruits of his labor have reaped today as it is reported that he has a salary that estimates to around $5 million annually when including incentives and benefits.
2. Jim started as an anchor for KHOU.
Nantz was born on May 17, 1959 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He grew up in New Orleans where he would attend Marlboro High School. He was very active in sports including Basketball and Golf which would be pivotal for his future success.
He went on to study at the University of Houston in Texas where his subject on focus was broadcasting. Even here, he showed interest and involvement in sports like golf and basketball. After graduating, he began his journey in broadcasting and got a job as an anchor and sportscaster for KHOU. This was a great learning experience for the young Nantz who got exposed to the business and some important people there.
3. He joined CBS in 1985.
1985 was a big year for Nantz as this was the time when he joined CBS. He started with an entry level job as a studio host there where he would cover different sports including Basketball. He climbed up the ranks very quickly and by 1989 had started to be the main man covering the Masters tournament.
For a total of 18 years, he would be the host of the NCAA Final Four. Over the years he has also partnered with well-known names in the field including Clark Kellogg, Billy Packer, and Greg Anthony. One of the shows that made him well-known was “The NFL Today” show for which he was involved from 1998 to 2003.
4. He is an Emmy winner.
Nantz is the recipient of the recognized Emmy Award. He won this award for Outstanding Sports Personality for two consecutive years in 2008 and 2009. This is one of the most honorable awards that anyone as a sportscaster can get.
He has gone on to be a five time winner for the NSSA’s National Sportscaster of the Year. In 2011, Nantz was named as a recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He has also won the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy award for broadcasting.
5. Nantz became a meme after mispronouncing “meme”.
It seems that Nantz has been too focused on his job that he hasn’t stayed relevant and up to date with the Internet. Most recently, Nantz went viral across various social media sites after mispronouncing the word “meme” as “me-me”.
Memes are probably one of the most watched and loves things all around the globe by users. This was followed up by various jokes around the internet with Twitter going wild with relatable memes.
What had actually happened was Moritz Wagner crashed into the TBS commentary crew and broke Bill Raftery glasses in the process. Nantz comments resulted in this pronounciation and now he has the privilege to call himself a “meme”.