Jim Nantz to receive NABC Metropolitan Award

From CBS Sports / NABC –


KANSAS CITY, Mo.  – Jim Nantz, set to call the play-by-play of the NCAA® Final Four® television broadcast for a record 27th time on March 31 and April 2, is the recipient of the 2012 Metropolitan Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

A multi-Emmy Award winner and five-time National Sportscaster of the Year, Nantz will receive the Metropolitan Award, presented annually since 1941 for long and outstanding service to men’s college basketball, at the AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show on Sunday, April 1, at the New Orleans Theatre in the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Nantz joins a very distinguished group of former Metropolitan Award winners who have shaped college basketball including from early recipients Henry Iba, Phog Allen and Adolph Rupp to Dean Smith, John Thompson and Mike Krzyzewski.

Since joining the CBS Television Network in 1985, Nantz has covered virtually every sport. After serving as host of CBS’ coverage of the NCAA Tournament and Final Four from 1986 to 1990, Nantz assumed the role of lead play-by-play announcer.

In 2007, he had the rare opportunity over a span of just 63 days to broadcast Super Bowl XLI between he Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears, the Men’s Final Four and the Masters®. Nantz repeated that feat in 2010 and won his second consecutive Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-By-Play.

He co-authored the New York Times bestseller Always By My Side in 2008 with Eli Spielman, telling personal stories from his career in sports broadcasting combined with the virtues instilled in him by his father.

A graduate of the University of Houston, Nantz continued to honor his father when he teamed with The Methodist Hospital in Houston to create the Nantz National Alzheimer Center (NNAC), an all-inclusive facility committed to cutting-edge Alzheimer’s research and treatment in hopes of one day finding a cure. In addition, The NNAC also focuses on the connection between concussions and other traumatic brain injuries in athletes and their effects on dementing illnesses.


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