The official proclamation of Rome-to-CBS lands

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Jim Rome’s multi-year deal with CBS to launch a new half-hour show on the network’s cable channel, CBS Sports Network, called “Rome” that’ll air weekdays at 3 p.m. (PDT) starting April 3 as well as hosting a new sports and entertainment series on Showtime this fall was finally announced this morning.

CBS said Rome will also contribute to network coverage of the NFL, NCAA basketball and U.S. Open tennis, as well as be featured on CBSSports.com.

“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 Shwtome sports.”

Rome replied that he was “ecstatic” and “fired up” for the launch of ‘Rome.’ “CBS Sports is the pinnacle, and I’m ready to get after it.”

Mark Shapiro, Rome’s former producer on ESPN2′s “Talk 2″ long ago who rose to be executive producer of ESPN, is now the chief executive officer of dick clark productions, which will be doing the Showtime side of Rome’s activity. Shapiro is the executive producer of both Rome shows for CBS Sports Network and Showtime.

“I look forward to working with the production team and have been searching for an opportunity to work again with Mark Shapiro,” said Rome.

The TV side won’t change the fact that Rome will continue to host his nationally-syndicated radio program from 9 a.m. to noon (PDT) based on Orange County. It has 244 affiliates.

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