After greater than three many years as the voice of the Final Four, Jim Nantz will call his final NCAA Men’s Tournament this March, after which Ian Eagle will succeed him as the lead play-by-player on CBS and Turner Sports’ protection of the event, The Post has discovered.
Nantz, 63, picked 2023 for his final run due to the situation of this year’s Final Four and the community it is going to be on. CBS and TNT alternate years when it comes to airing the Final Four.
The ’23 version shall be on CBS and happen in Houston, which has particular significance for Nantz as he started his sportscasting career there as a University of Houston undergrad.
“It is time with two young children and an older daughter that I spend more time at home,” Nantz stated in a cellphone interview as he picked up his 6 and 8-year-old kids from faculty. “‘Daddy needs to be home.”
Nantz will proceed with Tony Romo on CBS’ lead NFL workforce and as the face of CBS’ golf protection, together with the Masters.
Houston shall be his thirty second Final Four and Championship sport. He first started protecting the event in 1986 as a play-by-player and a studio host. He changed Brent Musburger, let go after a contract dispute, for the 1991 Final Four.
Nantz plans to return every year to deal with the trophy presentation.
“I would like to sit in the stands for the great majority of the game with my kids,” Nantz stated. “And tell them that their dad used to call this game. ‘Now, if you’ll excuse me for a few minutes, I’ve got to go down to the floor and give the trophy away.’ That will be a lot of fun.”
Eagle, 53, has beforehand been just like the Dan Marino of play-by-players. Eagle is perhaps the perfect pure sportscaster within the business, however he was with out a main championship.
“It’s his time,” Nantz stated. “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.”
CBS Sports and Warner Bros. Discovery Sports (WBD) executives determined collectively to elevate Eagle, who works for each networks. WBD Sports is the guardian company of Turner networks.
Besides the NCAAs, Eagle additionally calls the NBA for Turner. He is on CBS’ No. 2 NFL workforce with Charles Davis. He can also be the longtime TV voice of the Nets. He additionally calls NFL video games on Westwood One Radio.
Eagle works significantly properly with Hill and Raftery. Eagle and Hill teamed collectively in the course of the opening weekend two years in the past on the tourney. Eagle and Raftery have been the Nets’ native tandem for years.
CBS simply signed Jay Wright, who might have a future in the future within the Final Four sales space. Wright will call video games this season, however is initially slated for the studio in the course of the Final Four.
Years in the past, Nantz made the transition from the studio to the sales space. He hosted the Final Four for 5 years earlier than changing Musburger for the ‘91 Final Four.
“I’ve been very fortunate,” Nantz stated. “I’m going to take Brent’s torch and pass it on to Ian. I’ve had the greatest seat in the house and it’s time for someone else to do it.”