Jim Rome soon will be doing his burning by donning many hats across varied CBS platforms, including a weekday show on CBS Sports Network and as-yet untitled program on premium channel Showtime.
Rome is joining CBS through a multiyear deal, financial terms of which were not disclosed, that will have him add his provocative opinions as a contributor to the broadcast network's coverage of the NFL, NCAA basketball and U.S. Open Tennis Championships, as well as other select events. Rome, and content from his new shows, will be featured on CBS interactive platforms including CBSSports.com.
Rome, who spent the last eight years with ESPN, is best known for hosting Jim Rome is Burning, the last of which will air on Jan. 27, according to his Twitter feed. He will still host his nationally syndicated radio show.
"We are thrilled to welcome Jim Rome to the CBS family," said Sean McManus, chairman, CBS Sports in announcing the hire. "Jim is a high-profile, marquee talent who elevates our overall sports coverage and is a perfect fit within the growing platforms of CBS Sports and Showtime Sports."
"I am ecstatic to be joining the CBS family," said Rome. "I'm fired up for the launch of Rome on CBS Sports Network this spring and excited to be collaborating with Showtime--a creative, dynamic network allowing me to host and create something completely original and fresh. Being asked to contribute to CBS Sports on its coverage of the NFL, NCAA basketball, U.S. Open Tennis Championships, as well as other events is a realization of a lifelong dream. CBS Sports is the pinnacle. And I'm ready to get after it."
His new show Rome, featuring news and opinion on the day's hottest sports stories with rants, debates and guest appearances by some of the biggest names in athletics, will air weekdays at 6 p.m. and is scheduled to launch April 3. The show will originate from Orange County, Calif., where Rome also hosts his daily, live radio show.
"Jim is a well-known and highly-respected sports personality with a fast-paced, high-energy and opinionated take on the sports world," said David Berson, executive vice resident, CBS Sports and president, CBS Sports Network. "We're developing and launching new content initiatives further strengthening CBS Sports' relationship with fans. Jim, along with his passionate and loyal following, is an ideal addition to CBS Sports Network."
Rome is the latest addition to the CBS Sports Network roster since it was rebranded from CBS College Sports Network last April. The service, which counts some 44 million subscribers and is available to 98 million homes nationwide, has expanded its studio programming around college football and basketball, launched a weekday simulcast of the national radio syndicated program The Tim Brando Show, and secured the rights to Major League Lacrosse and the National Lacrosse League. The network began coverage of the Professional Bull Riders tour last weekend.
Rome and the untitled sports and entertainment series on Showtime, which is scheduled to launch in the fall,will be produced by Generate Entertainment in association with Dick Clark Productions, Inc. That will reunite Rome with Mark Shapiro, the former programming executive at ESPN.
"We're excited to partner with CBS and launch the Jim Rome brand across the powerful spectrum of CBS platforms," said Dick Clark Productions CEO Shapiro. "Through the rapidly growing CBS Sports Network and Showtime's distinguished sports coverage, this deal provides unparalleled exposure to Jim Rome's dynamic and original personality."