Sportscaster must pay ex-wife $916,000 a year
HARTFORD, Conn. -CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz must pay $916,000 yearly in alimony and child support to his ex-wife and give up their Connecticut home under terms of a newly issued divorce decree.
The ruling, made Monday in Bridgeport Superior Court, dissolves the 26-year marriage of Nantz and Ann-Lorraine â€œLorrieâ€ Carlsen Nantz. It comes after both testified about the breakdown of their marriage; Judge Howard Owens concluded neither was at fault.
Nantz, described by Owens as â€œour nationâ€™s most prominent sportscaster,â€ filed for divorce last year from his wife after years of marriage counseling, according to the decree.
Although Nantz, 50, acknowledged he started dating a 29-year-old woman before the divorce was final, the judge concluded the marriage deteriorated years earlier and â€œthis remote event in no way contributed to the breakdown of the marriage.â€
Owens noted that the couple didnâ€™t share the same interests in Nantzâ€™s television career, which required frequent travel as the networkâ€™s primary commentator for college football, golf and basketball, as well as appearances at charity events.
â€œIn fairness, for most of the years he prioritized his family obligation and put his wife and daughter Caroline first. As frequently happens in marriages of lengthy duration, the parties do not have the same interest and ardor for their spousesâ€™ endeavors,â€ the judge wrote in his decision.
Under the ruling, Nantz must pay $72,000 in alimony monthly until he dies or his ex-wife remarries, and another $1,000 weekly in child support for the next two years.
Nantzâ€™s attorney, Gaetano Ferro of New Canaan, said Tuesday that the famed sportscaster only wants whatâ€™s best for his daughter and will not fight the terms of the divorce decree.
â€œHe always wanted a peaceful resolution of an unfortunate situation,â€ Ferro said. â€œHe never wanted a trial, never wanted it to come out this way, never wanted a public spectacle. He wants to put it behind him.â€
Lorrie Nantz will get their home and a separate condominium in Westport, while Jim Nantz will get their home in Houston and a luxury condominium in the Deer Valley ski resort in Park City, Utah. They were awarded joint custody of Caroline, 15.
He also must pay Carolineâ€™s college expenses until she reaches 23 years old and has to split various joint accounts with Lorrie Nantz, including the current value of his pension through the Screen Actors Guild.
He also must keep his ex-wife listed as beneficiary of a $3 million life insurance policy while heâ€™s still paying alimony and/or child support, and pay $70,000 so she can join any country club of her choice.
She had been seeking more than $1.5 million in yearly alimony and child support.
Court documents cited Jim Nantzâ€™s $3.2 million salary from CBS and other assets, including millions in other income, shared investment accounts, real estate and other property.
Nantz, who started his broadcast career at a local CBS affiliate in Salt Lake City, testified that Lorrie Nantz grew uninterested in his career over time, did not want to attend events that were important to him and didnâ€™t provide the emotional support he desired.
Lorrie Nantz said she went as often as possible, but that those events were not her lifeâ€™s major interest and her main focus was raising their daughter.
â€œTheyâ€™re two good people, and as sometimes happens over 26 years, they grew apart,â€ Ferro said.
Cynthia George, Lorrie Nantzâ€™s Greenwich-based attorney, said she and her client had no comment except that they were pleased with the decision.