Jim Rome Leaves ESPN for CBS Sports

Jason McIntyre at The Big Lead broke the story last week and it is now official, Jim Rome will be leaving ESPN and joining CBS Sports.

CBS made the news official today, announcing that Rome will be appearing on multiple platforms for the corporation.  Rome’s main responsibility will be as host of a daily half-hour program entitled Rome, which will air at 6:00p.m. ET on the CBS Sports Network.  That program will begin airing on Tuesday, April 3rd.

Rome will also host a new sports and entertainment series on Showtime and contribute to CBS Sports’ coverage of the NFL, NCAA basketball and U.S. Open Tennis Championships, as well as other select events.   Rome, and content from the new shows, will be featured on CBS interactive platforms including CBSSports.com.  The Showtime series is slated to start later this fall.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jim Rome to the CBS family,” said Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports in a press release. “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,” saidRome. “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.”

The Big Lead reports that Rome’s ESPN program, Rome is Burning, will end on the network later this month.

Photo courtesy Jim Rome.com

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