Jim Nantz is looking for a pay raise.
The esteemed CBS Sports announcer is seeking “Tony Romo money,” looking to top the $17.5 million per year his NFL broadcast partner makes, according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.
Nantz, 61, currently makes $6.5 million a year on a contract that is due to expire early next summer. The announcer’s agent, Sandy Montag, told Marchand that his client has “become the face and voice of CBS Sports.”
“The network has become synonymous with his voice and leadership,” he added.
Romo inked his lucrative, 10-year, $180 million deal back in February, just before the coronavirus pandemic hit. The former Cowboys quarterback only calls NFL games, though, while Nantz works year-round, doing play-by-play for the Final Four and golf, which includes The Masters, in addition to football.
Marchand noted that it is unlikely Nantz and CBS head toward a breakup. Nantz recently stated he wants to be the voice of The Masters well past his goal of 2035 – when he will turn 76.
Nantz is also very protective of Romo, to the point where he pushed for Romo to be sidelined last weekend while he was calling The Masters instead of allowing his partner to work with someone else.
CBS Sports executives ultimately decided to have the whole first team sit out the weekend instead of reshuffling broadcast teams.
Nantz will likely get a raise – Joe Buck makes $10.5 million at FOX and Mike Tirico is believed to be around that figure as well at CBS. But reaching Romo’s mark may prove difficult.
Romo had an offer from ESPN to pay him $14 million per year and CBS was left with no viable replacement, driving his price tag up for CBS to keep him. According to Marchand, CBS views Romo’s contract as an aberration, not the benchmark.