Jim Nantz to Call Farmers Insurance Open from Site of AFC Championship

CBS icon Jim Nantz will be calling the final two rounds of next week’s Farmers Insurance Open remotely from the site of the AFC Championship game. 

Due to the football, the Farmers Insurance Open will be a Wednesday start and a Saturday night finish, allowing Nantz to do both. 

“It’s a new challenge, I’m excited about it. This will be something that I relish the chance to do. Next week, the week of the AFC Championship, I’m going to call Friday and Saturday night’s golf action from the stadium,” Nantz said on a media zoom call this week. 

Jim Nantz

The Farmers Insurance Open is CBS’ first PGA Tour tournament of the season. 

“My longing for golf to come back in my life again is the one that I feel the most and I didn’t want to miss being a part of it with my teammates,” said Nantz. 

He continued, “I didn’t want to miss it. San Diego—we always call Torrey Pines at the Farmers Insurance Open—falls victim to the elongated NFL season, now that it’s gone to 18 weeks in the regular season. Sean {McManus} and his team came up with a tremendous game plan to end this event on Saturday night in prime time back in the east, and I wanted to be a part of it. It definitely will not compromise anything that I’m doing on the football side.”

This is all further proof that the NFL is king. 

Nantz’s Schedule for Week 

– Sunday is Buffalo vs Kansas City 

– Monday in New York shooting a commercial with Spike Lee 

– Tuesday in Nashville at home. 

– Will be in place on Wednesday wherever the AFC Championship is 

– Somewhere in the middle of that, have production meetings with the two teams. 

– Friday and Saturday, be at the stadium calling the golf tournament. Probably be in a production truck inside the stadium. 

CBS Golf Coverage in 2022

As a whole, CBS Sports is set to kick off their 65th season covering the PGA Tour with next week’s Farmer’s Insurance Open. 

While the coverage won’t have any major changes, CBS says that more technology will be used. 

“This year, the network will add additional technology and equipment throughout the course of the season to enhance the broadcast and better serve viewers. Some of those developments include increased drone usage that present picturesque and never before seen views of the course to provide overviews of holes; additional cameras and more tracer coverage than ever before to showcase ball flight information and shot shaping on key holes; graphic enhancements – including utilizing more Shotlink data to provide additional data on a given player or hole through virtual overlays – and a new, virtual interview area for Balionis with augmented reality to better contextualize different holes and shots on the course,” writes CBS. 

Sellers Shy is lead producer, with Steve Milton as lead director, for CBS Sports’ golf coverage. Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports. David Berson is President, CBS Sports. Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Executive Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

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