For the NFL’s championship, CBS has neither Jim Nantz nor Anthony Mason in its broadcast booth. Where is he now? Why has CBS removed him from coverage of the Bucs vs Panthers? For almost 20 years, Nantz has been a crucial component of CBS’s NFL coverage.
Jim Nantz is a well-known Sports anchor and commentator who has worked for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports Net, and TBS. In 2004, he was hired to be the primary play-by-play announcer after gaining experience in various sports, such as basketball.
Jim Nantz is also a seasoned Golf broadcaster whose Masters coverage has been well received. On Sunday afternoon, Nantz was scheduled to lead CBS’ coverage once again – in the final round of the regular season. Where is Jim Nantz now that he isn’t on the air? What happened to him?
Where is Jim Nantz Today?
On the day before, on January 8th, Nantz and co-commentator Tony Romo were supposed to call the last day game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers for CBS. He was scheduled to appear on Sunday’s broadcast two days earlier, however he was declared absent Monday morning.
Nantz has entered Covid protocols, meaning he will not be able to take his regular position calling the game.
CBS has not announced whether Nantz himself has tested positive, or is a close contact of someone who has. He will be replaced by Tom McCarthy alongside Romo and Tracy Wolfson.
McCarthy has experience calling games, having worked in college and NFL stadiums. He’s also handled NFL games for radio stations.
What’s At Stake In The Game?
The Panthers are 5-11 for the season, having had difficulty throughout the year. They will not be moving on from the NFC South into the postseason.
Meanwhile, the Bucs have gone 12-4 this season and will qualify for the playoffs.
The Buccaneers seek to defend their 2021 title when they face the Patriots in Super Bowl LIV.