Jim Rome leaves ESPN for CBS

From CBS Sports –


Rome To Host New WeekdayProgram “ROME”on CBS Sports Network
Rome Also to Host New Serieson SHOWTIME® and Contribute to CBS Sports
Jim Rome has signed a multi-year deal with CBS and will contributeacross multiple CBS Corporation platforms. CBS Sports Network will launch ROME, a new half-hour show airingweekdays at 6:00 PM, ET, hosted by Rome. In addition, he willhost a new sports and entertainment series on SHOWTIME adding to the premiumnetwork’s ever-growing sports programming lineup. Rome also will contribute to CBS Sports’ coverage of the NFL,NCAA basketball and U.S. Open Tennis Championships, as well as other selectevents.   Rome,and content from the new shows, will be featured on CBS interactive platformsincluding CBSSports.com.
Rome will make his CBS Sports debut during coverage of the 2012NCAA Final Four® with ROMEbeginning on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, April 3.  The SHOWTIMEseries will cover a spectrum of sports and entertainment topics and debut in lateFall 2012.  
“Weare thrilled to welcome Jim Rome to the CBS family,” said Sean McManus,Chairman, CBS Sports. “Jim is a high profile, marquee talent who elevates our overall sports coverage andis a perfect fit within thegrowing platforms of CBS Sports and SHOWTIME Sports®.”
“I am ecstatic tobe joining the CBS family,” said Rome.“I’m fired up for the launch of ROME on CBS Sports Network this spring andexcited to be collaborating with Showtime–a creative, dynamic network allowingme to host and create something completely original and fresh. Being asked tocontribute to CBS Sports on its coverage of the NFL, NCAA basketball, U.S. OpenTennis Championships, as well as other events is a realization of a lifelongdream. CBS Sports is the pinnacle.  And I’m ready to get after it.”
“Jimis a well-known and highly-respected sports personality with a fast-paced,high-energy and opinionated take on the sports world,” said David Berson,Executive Vice President, CBS Sports and President, CBS Sports Network.“We’re developing and launching new content initiatives furtherstrengthening CBS Sports’ relationship with fans.  Jim, along withhis passionate and loyal following, is an ideal addition to CBS SportsNetwork.”
“I’ve been along-time fan of Jim Rome,” said David Nevins, President ofEntertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. “He has set the industry standardfor sports opinion and analysis since his first days on the national scene.He’s never shied away from provocative topics and I think his brandmatches our brand perfectly.  On SHOWTIME, he will have a broad platformto blend his unique insight with impactful features on an array of pop culturetopics. Romepromises to be an important addition for us as we continue to expand ourportfolio of sports programming.”   
Rome has hosted numerous television programsover the last two decades and brings his provocative sports news andconversation format to CBS Sports Network.  His new show, ROME, will feature newsand opinion on the day’s hottest sports stories with rants, debates andguest appearances by some of the biggest names in sports.  The show willoriginate from Orange County, Calif.,where Rome alsooriginates his daily, live radio show.
ROMEand the SHOWTIME series will be produced by Generate Entertainment inassociation with dick clark productions, inc. 
“We’reexcited to partner with CBS and launch the Jim Rome brand across the powerfulspectrum of CBS platforms,” said Mark Shapiro, Chief Executive Officer,dick clark productions. “Through the rapidly growing CBS Sports Networkand SHOWTIME’s distinguished sports coverage, this deal provides unparalleledexposure to Jim Rome’s dynamic and original personality.”
“I look forward to working with the productionteam and have been searching for an opportunity to work again with MarkShapiro,” said Rome.
Rome willcontinue to host his nationally-syndicated radio program, “The Jim Rome Show,” which airsweekdays from NOON until 3:00 PM, ET on 244 radio stations across the country,the highest number of affiliates in the show’s 15-year history.

Previouslyin his career, Romeserved as host of “Jim Rome is Burning” on ESPN, as well as“The Last Word with Jim Rome,” televised nightly on Fox Sports Net. Prior to “The Last Word with Jim Rome,” he spent a two-yearstint hosting ESPN2’s “Talk2,” a nightly one-hour interviewshow. Rome began his radio career at KTMS, Santa Barbara as the“$5 dollar-an-hour” traffic reporter and covered UC SantaBarbara’s sports. He left KTMS for San Diego’s all-sports station, XTRA Sports 690.


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