Big Name in Sports Talk Jumps From ESPN to CBS

Jan 11, 2012  •  Post A Comment

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.”


  1. Good for Rome. He goes from a channel few watch, to a channel no one watches.

  2. Rome is a punk. I have never liked him since his Jim Everett interview. He gives everything he is associated with a bad name. Sports, ESPN, CBS, The Human Race….

  3. Rome is a great interviewer, but other than that his act is getting old.
    I never cared for him because he could not be bothered to do a tour stop in Crapester. One of his original four stations.
    He found time to go to Cleveland and Buffalo but could not be bothered to come down the Thurway to Rochester. Which has been named many times the best minor league city. Plus the Bills and Sabres have there training camps here. We have also hosted PGA and LPGA events.
    I understand not doing a tour stop. But after Buffalo he could have came to Rochester for an appearence at a sports bar or a baseball game.
    Guess Rome is to busy “craping” on the little people that made him what he is today.

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