A little feud could be brewing between Jim Nantz and CBS.
According to reports, the longtime sports announcer is seeking “Tony Romo money” for his next contract with CBS.
“In the last 30 years, Jim Nantz has become the face and voice of CBS Sports,” Nantz’s agent, Sandy Montag told the New York Post. “The network has become synonymous with his voice and his leadership.”
Nantz recently took the week off from NFL duties in order to call The Masters. With Nantz out, CBS also gave Romo the week off.
The report adds:
Nantz, according to sources, pushed for Romo to be sidelined instead of working with Ian Eagle or another partner. Ultimately, CBS Sports executives made the final decision on Romo being absent Sunday, feeling it was easier to have the whole first team not work instead of reconfiguring its broadcast pairings.
CBS declined comment on negotiations with Nantz. In a statement about Romo’s off day, though, the network said lead NFL game producer Jim Rikhoff, director Mike Arnold and other production personnel worked the Masters along with Nantz on Sunday.
Nantz currently makes $6.5 million per year, while Romo earns $17.5 million a year.
The deal between Nantz and CBS is set to expire next summer.