Hello, friends. For the centennial edition of the AA Podcast we welcome the one and only Jim Nantz of CBS Sports. As the longtime play by play man for the NFL on CBS, The Masters, and the Final Four, nobody in sports broadcasting has a better list of assignments. This year Nantz has added Thursday Night Football to his busy schedule to mark his 30th year at the network. In this wide-reaching podcast, Jim talks to AA about…
– The new Thursday Night Football schedule and how he copes with non-competitive games.
– The effort being put into the TNF franchise behind the scenes and the work he puts into calling 2 NFL games some weekends.
– The current state of golf and the passing of the torch from Tiger to Rory. Why a duel at next year’s Masters might be a historic occasion for the sport.
– Tiger Woods and the ’97 Masters as the transcendent athlete and event that he has covered in his 30 year career at CBS.
– The surprising reason why his call of Devin Hester’s opening kickoff return for a Super Bowl is his favorite call of all-time.
– The influence of great broadcasters of yesteryear like Jack Whitaker, Chris Schenkel, and Pat Summerall on his broadcasting career and living up to their legacies.
– His broadcast style, the current state of broadcasting, and what resonates with fans. Does he ever get caught up in what’s written about the industry and his place at CBS?
– His goal to work 50 years at CBS and why he’d choose The Masters as his favorite event.
– His trademark game-ending or tournament-ending calls and why we might be seeing less of them in the future.
– His work with Alzheimer’s research and the Nantz National Alzheimer Center.