Jim Rome is one of sports broadcasting's most powerful and entertaining voices. He moved from ESPN to CBS earlier this year, and his new show "Rome" on CBS Sports Network debuted earlier this month.
He still offers his trademark takes on issues of the day and has interviews with some of the biggest stars in sports, but the new format of the show is tighter and more focused than the ESPN-produced "Rome is Burning."
Rome discussed changing networks and his role with CBS.
Why move from ESPN to CBS?
Rome » "First off, the people at ESPN were great to me, and I have nothing but good things to say about the whole group of people I worked with there. But when CBS calls, it is the Tiffany network so you have to listen. They offered me a deal that had me contributing to all of their platforms, including CBS, CBS Sports Network and Showtime. There's no way I could turn that deal down."
What have you done so far in your brief time with CBS?
Rome » "I was a guest on the David Letterman show, then it was off to New Orleans to tape an interview with coaches John Calipari [of Kentucky] and Rick Pitino [of Louisville] for the Final Four show, and then back to Los Angles to get ready for the launch of 'Rome' on CBS Sports Network."
How is your new show different?
Rome » "While the show is still personality driven with interviews, the new format allows for great flexibility. I like the many new contributors that we have on the show, and so some days if we choose not to do an interview we still have plenty of great interactive debate that keeps the show fresh, fun and most importantly topical."
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