Nantz's divorce finalized

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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 "Lorrie" Carlsen Nantz. It came after both testified about the breakdown of their marriage; Judge Howard Owens concluded neither was at fault.

Nantz, described by Owens as "our nation's most prominent sportscaster," 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 "this remote event in no way contributed to the breakdown of the marriage."

Owens noted that the couple didn't share the same interests in Nantz's television career, which required frequent travel as the network's primary commentator for golf, NFL and basketball games.

"In 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 spouses' endeavors," 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 $1,000 weekly in child support for the next two years.

Nantz's attorney, Gaetano Ferro of New Canaan, said that the sportscaster wants what's best for his daughter and will not fight the terms of the divorce decree.

Lorrie Nantz will get their home and a condominium in Westport, Conn.; Jim Nantz will get their home in Houston and a luxury condo in the Deer Valley ski resort in Park City, Utah. They were awarded joint custody of Caroline, 15.


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