Dec
31
2010
Second Marriages: a Tradition Like No Other
By Stephanie Wei under General

A year after a very sad, very expensive and very public divorce from his wife of 26 years, Lorrie, CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz is getting married again, according to NY Post‘s “Page Six:”

Nantz, 51, proposed to Courtney Richards, 31 — whom he met during his book tour before his divorce was final — on Sept. 14 while on vacation with his close friend George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush and Jeb Bush at the Bush compound Walker’s Point in Maine.

But did Nantz have something to hide? In late September, the carefully coiffed announcer denied to us that he was engaged after we’d heard they were telling friends he popped the question. His rep told us there was “no news,” then followed up with an e-mail on Oct. 1: “No news . . . no ring.”

But yesterday the happy couple was ready to share the news with us. Nantz’s rep explained, “We were telling the truth, whether it makes much sense to you or not.” Well, that clears it up.

During the divorce trial, Nantz’s tearful testimony was filled with examples of how Lorrie didn’t support his career while he traversed the country covering golf, football and college basketball. She crushed his spirit into tiny pieces.

Poor Jim Nantz.

Well, until it was revealed that he had a girlfriend (Richards), whom he started dating in 2008 because his marriage had been dead for 10 years. Apparently that was news to Lorrie, who continued to seek marriage counseling in an attempt to save their marriage — until later that year when Jim told her that he wanted a divorce.

Whoops.

Nantz, who earns $3.9 million a year (plus an additional $3 million in deferred compensation), was ordered by a Connecticut judge to pay Lorrie $1 million a year in alimony, plus child support for their daughter Caroline.

No word yet if date has been set for the Nantz Nuptials, Part 2. Congrats to the merry couple.