Jim Nantz Mar 8, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Broadcaster Jim Nantz applauds after a game between the Houston Cougars and the Memphis Tigers at Fertitta Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The NCAA Tournament is going to sound very different in a few years with the news that Jim Nantz will step away from calling March Madness following the 2023 edition.

Per the New York Post, Nantz will step away from the CBS/WBD Sports coverage following the upcoming NCAA Tournament, which is being held in Houston.

Nantz will continue to be the voice of both the Masters and NFL on CBS, so he’s not retiring altogether. But the big reason for cutting down on his busy schedule is the desire to spend more time with his family.

“It is time with two young children and an older daughter that I spend more time at home,” Nantz told the Post. “Daddy needs to be home.”

It’s a true changing of the guard for a generation of college basketball fans as Nantz has called the tournament since 1986, initially as an announcer, before becoming the voice of the Final Four in 1991 after Brent Musburger left. Now, Nantz will be replaced by Ian Eagle, who signed a new deal with CBS last year.

Nantz did say that as part of the arrangement he will continue to handle the trophy presentation, so he’s not going to be gone altogether.

It’ll be interesting to see if Eagle continues to work with Jim Sparnarkel during the NCAA Tournament or if he shifts over to work with Grant Hill and Bill Raftery unless the latter also chooses to stop calling March Madness soon as well.

In the meantime, the news that Nantz’s 32nd Final Four will be his last as an announcer certainly got sports fans in their feelings.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.