One of the top names in sports talk is leaving ESPN for CBS Sports, USA Today reports. CBS made it official today that Jim Rome is joining the network.
CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus made the announcement, saying Rome will debut with the network during its upcoming coverage of the NCAA basketball Final Four.
The story reports: “That will help launch his weekday Rome talk show on cable’s CBS Sports Network on April 3. It’s likely to be similar to his ESPN2 show he’s leaving. But, he says, ‘I don’t want to do the exact same show. But I’ll rant; it’ll be similar.’”
Plans also include a new interview series on Showtime, which is part of the CBS corporate family.
McManus noted that Rome brings a built-in following, with 2 million radio listeners and 600,000 Twitter followers. He said Rome’s show will be “the centerpiece of our daily live programming. We don’t have to develop the personality and buzz. He comes with that.”