Jim Nantz on the hook for $916,000 annually in divorce settlement

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 11/03/2009, 12:40pm

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Jim Nantz found out the price of a broken heart – $916,000 a year. (AP)

CBS’ omnipresent sports voice Jim Nantz is used to calling the hard-hitting action as it takes place on the field. Now he knows what’s it’s like to get drilled by a linebacker going across the middle.

Nantz must pay $916,000 yearly in alimony and child support to his ex-wife and give up their Connecticut home under terms of a newly issued divorce decree. The ruling, made Monday in Bridgeport Superior Court, dissolves the 26-year marriage of Nantz and Ann-Lorraine “Lorrie” Carlsen Nantz. It comes after both testified about the breakdown of their marriage during what really turned out to be a tear-jerker of a trial with both parties breaking down on the stand and outside the courtroom (highlights from Deadspin since the Connecticut Post took the story off their site):

Nantz cried on the stand as he testified about how his wife used to follow him around the country to various sporting events, but gradually lost interest in his career. She could not even be bothered to go to New York City to watch him collect a “Man of the Year” award. Or let him hang the oil painting–of himself–that he received with the award in their house. (He had to put it in storage.) He was even offered the hosting slot on the CBS Early Show, but turned it down because she was against it. He admitted to taking a younger lover, but that it didn’t matter much because his marriage was already “dead.”

Nantz, 50, acknowledged dating a 29-year-old woman before the divorce was final, the judge concluded the marriage deteriorated years earlier and “this remote event in no way contributed to the breakdown of the marriage.”

Owens noted that the couple didn’t share the same interests in Nantz’s television career, which required frequent travel as the network’s primary commentator for college football, golf and basketball, as well as appearances at charity events.

Under the ruling, Nantz must pay $72,000 in alimony monthly until he dies or his ex-wife remarries, and another $1,000 weekly in child support for the next two years.
Nantz’s attorney, Gaetano Ferro of New Canaan, said Tuesday that the famed sportscaster only wants what’s best for his daughter and will not fight the terms of the divorce decree.

But don’t worry about Jim. Court records show he’s pulling down about $7 million a year for blabbing on the Eye. He’ll be OK, once his broken heart heals.

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