Amidst reports that Jim Rome was leaving his ESPN2 show after eight years and moving over to the CBS Sports Network, the host of “Jim Rome Is Burning” offered only a message on his Twitter account at about 5 p.m. today: “I want to thank ESPN for the opportunity to host JRIB & all the support I received over the years. I’m looking forward to future endeavors.”
ESPN confirmed Rome’s last TV appearance on the network will be January 27 and said in a statement: “Jim has been a valuable part of the ESPN family for most of the last two decades. We wish him the best of luck in his new endeavor.”
Jim Miller, co-author of the book “They Have All The Fun” on the oral history of ESPN, tweeted out as well that he was told the offer for Rome to stay at ESPN was in the $1.3 million to $1.4 million a year.
Reports are that Rome, a Calabasas High grad born in Tarzana, makes upwards to $20 million a year hosting his weekday morning syndicated radio show for the Premiere Radio Network, based in the San Fernando Valley.