Last week wasn’t the best of weeks for CBS Sports Radio host Jim Rome. Late last week, his champion thoroughbred racehorse Shared Belief died suddenly. Then he found out that his “Jim Rome on Showtime” series has been canceled:
Thank you to Showtime for a great run. Show is not being renewed, but I look forward to continuing on CBS Sports Radio & The NFL Today.
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) December 4, 2015
Rome joined CBS Sports in 2012 and part of the lure to leave Premiere Radio Networks and ESPN was to host his own TV show. In fact, he got two TV shows, “ROME” on CBS Sports Network which premiered in April of 2012 and ran through March 2015. His “Jim Rome on Showtime” series would begin in November of 2012 and be a mix of sports and entertainment, although it re-shifted to sports only in its second season.
Rome has had a series of TV shows including Talk2 when ESPN2 was known as “The Deuce,” The Last Word on Fox Sports Net, Jim Rome is Burning on ESPN/ESPN2 which had the longest run between 2003 and 2012, and his two CBS/Sbowtime shows.
If Rome had a complaint, it might be the lack of promotion on Showtime’s part. And when the monthly show originally aired, it was given a 10 p.m. ET/PT timeslot. This season, it would air before Inside the NFL at 8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. For Rome who likes to be edgy, 8 p.m. ET/PT isn’t a time where he can do that. However, he’s not making any complaints about his contract.
As the above tweet mentioned, Rome will continue to make occasional appearances on the NFL Today and he will be seen during CBS/Turner’s coverage of the NCAA Tournament. He also has his daily CBS Sports Radio show that airs noon-3 p.m. ET. Maybe down the road, CBS will give him another talk show on TV.