Sports anchors are truly the reason why watching your favorite teams battle it out through your television isn’t a complete bore. They have all the inside scoop and aren’t afraid to tell it how it is about a team or specific player. Just like most of the athletes they talk about, these sports anchors rake in some pretty hefty paychecks. We’ll bet that after seeing these salaries, you’ll want to consider changing your career path! Exactly how much do all of these people make per year?
Chris “Boomer” Berman is easily one of the most famous people in sports. He has been the anchor of SportsCenter on ESPN since 1979. He joined the mega-sports conglomerate only a month after it was launched! He hosted the Sunday NFL Countdown from 1985 to 2016. It is not surprising to hear that he won the National Sportscaster of the Year Award in the past. Some people might even say he helped ESPN get as big as it is now. The quirky and funny sportscaster makes $5 million a year.
Lisa Guerrero is a sportscaster, investigative journalist, and former model. For the past 13 years, she has worked as a correspondent for the news program Inside Edition. She was a huge part of the Fox Sports Network and hosted Fox Overtime, Fox Extra Innings, and Sports Geniuses in the past. She moved to ABC as part of its Monday Night Football TV crew for a season before she switched to Inside Edition. She makes $7 million each year! Lastly, she also wrote Jewelry For Your Table, a book on table setting.
Sportscaster Jack Buck is the father of Joe Buck, so we can see where the younger man got his talent from. He works for Fox Sports and won a bunch of Sports Emmy Awards over the years for his play-by-play announcing for the MLB and NFL. He was also named the National Sportscaster of the Year three times in the past. He has been the play-by-play announcer for the MLB World Series ever since 1996. You should watch Undeniable with Joe Buck, his own show on Audience Network. He earns $6 million a year!
Mike Tirico works for NBC Sports, although he is probably better known for the time he spent as the NFL play-by-play announcer at ESPN. His ESPN show Monday Night Football ran from 2006 to 2015. When his contract expired 25 years after he started, he decided to move to NBC Sports. He hosted the FIFA World Cup, although his opening debut was during the 2016 Open Championship. He was also the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics and took over Dan Patrick in his show. His yearly salary is $3 million!
Charles Barkley is a former NBA baller and two-time Olympic gold medalist. He is best known for his amazing reach, ability to get rebounds, and record-shattering point record. In 2000, he decided that it was time to retire from the NBA. After that, he went into sports broadcast commentary and analysis for TNT and NBC. He won three Emmys for his courtside reporting. Recently, he signed a deal with Turner Sports. He has a yearly salary of $1.5 million.
Suzy Kolber is among the most famous sideline reporters. She started out as a sports anchor for Florida stations WCIX-TV and WPEC-TV. In 1993, she moved to ESPN before switching to Fox Sports for three years. After that time, she returned to ESPN and joined the Monday Night Football team. On top of hosting Wimbledon and NFL Live, she has also taken on horseracing assignments in the past. She also hosts NFL32 on ESPN2, a feature modeled after the Dan Patrick’s show. Her yearly salary stands at $3 million.
Dan Patrick has been in the broadcasting scene since 1979. He made a name for himself in the ‘90s with his ESPN job, which he shared with Keith Olbermann. The two of them sarcastically coined “This is SportsCenter” after they were told to plug their show more. Aside from this, he also had the self-titled Dan Patrick Show, which was on the air from 1999 to 2007. He decided to become a free agent after that, although he and ESPN broke up on amicable terms. He started hosting Football Night in America on NBC Sports not long after that. He earns $5.5 million each year.
Lisa Salters is a sportscaster and journalist who has worked for ABC, ESPN, Good Morning America, and WNT in the past. Did you know that she used to play college basketball? She started working for ESPN in March 2000 as a general assignment reporter and worked her way up to be the co-producer of Monday Night Football. She is an NBA sideline reporter too. She handles the sidelines for ESPN and has won a number of awards in the past. She got nominated for a Sports Emmy for writing Ray of Hope, a story she wrote in 2008. She makes $2 million each year.
Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith is a colorful TV sports personality who works as an ESPN First Take commentator. You will also find him on SportsCenter, where he works as an NBA analyst. He runs his own SIRIUS XM radio show called The Stephen A. Smith Show and wrote several columns for The Philadelphia Inquirer and ESPN. He has actually been working for the former ever since he played ball at his alma mater, Winston-Salem State University. He makes a cool $10 million a year.
Anthony “Booger” McFarland earned his moniker when he was a naughty little boy. The name stayed with him over the course of his career. He was drafted to the Bucks in 1999 but later joined the Colts. He has two Super Bowl rings to his name. Now retired, he works as an SEC Network sportscaster and football analyst. He also guests on the ESPN morning show Mike & Mike and covers sidelines for Monday Night Football. How cool is it that he announces from his “Booger Mobile”? His annual salary is $7.9 million!
Harold Johnson is a former MLB player who became a sports analyst after he retired from the field. He worked for ESPN and Fox before he started working as a senior analyst for the MLB Network and MLB.com. He has gone on various Fox shows like Diamond Demo, Quick Pitch, and MLB Tonight. He is a co-host of the morning show Hot Stove when the season is over. He has won a Sports Emmy nomination in the past. Don’t you feel jealous now that you know that he makes $7 million in a single year?
Joe Tessitore kicked off his career as a sports anchor at KXAS-TV, an NBC affiliate. In 1995, he joined CBS and officially became a sports anchor two years later. As for ESPN, he started calling boxing and continues to be a popular fight broadcaster on Friday Night Fights. He also covers college football, which he started doing before joining the Monday Night Football League. He makes $2.3 million a year!
Sports analyst and podcaster Bill Simons started working for ESPN before he began covering sports for local papers. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel later picked him up as a comedy writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live! Simmons went to enjoy a great career as a writer. He got a bunch of gigs at ESPN and HBO. Aside from these, he is also the mind behind The Ringer and Grantland. He makes $24 million each year. Whoa.
Football icon Michael Strahan is best known as one of the best defensive players on the NY Giants. He is still the recordholder for the most sacks in a season, a record he earned in 2001. He now does sports analysis and coverage on Good Morning America’s spinoff series Strahan and Sara. Aside from this, he hosts a game show called The $100,000 Pyramid as well. He makes an incredible $17 million a year.
Former pro soccer player Thierry Henry scored 51 goals in 123 games before he retired after the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In 2006, he was the ninth-best soccer player in the world thanks to his time with Arsenal. These days, he is busy coaching soccer and covering the NBA Finals for French TV. He has previously said that Allen Iverson is his favorite basketball player of all time. He makes $5 million a year.
Bob Costas works for the MLB Network, although he spent 38 years with NBC Sports before that. He won a number of Emmy Awards from 1980 until 2018. He has also hosted the Olympics for NBC a total of 11 times from 1992 to 2016. He covered various sports during his tenure and hosted Football Night In America. His last NBC broadcasting gig was the 2018 Belmont Stakes. He now earns $7 million a year.
John Madden is a retired football coach and current sportscaster beloved for his wild NFL commentary. Before this, he was coaching the Oakland Raiders, won a Super Bowl with them, and got inducted into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame. He also fronted and hosted the Madden NFL video games, which he has endorsed since 1998. There was a time when he worked for CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox at once! He has mostly retired since the 2008 NFL season and has written a couple of books. He makes $8 million a year.
CBS Sports’ Jim Rome hosts The Jim Rome Show, which followed Jim Rome is Burning. The latter aired on TSN2 and ESPN before he switched to CBS. He has a Showtime interview show as well. In the past, he has hosted for FX and Fox Sports too. His radio show happens to be the 21st most listened to across the United States! How impressive is that? This is the main reason he makes $30 million in one year. Neat.
Kenny Albert is a sportscaster working on four different leagues: the MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL. He is the only person to have ever done such a thing! He is also the voice of the Rangers and serves as the play-by-play field reporter for MLB. There was a time when he called all four sports in four days! How crazy is that? He calls games for collegiate level games for ESPN Plus too. His annual salary is around $500k.
Marv “The Voice of Basketball” Albert is the dad of Kenny Albert, which is a cool fact in itself. He was the voice of the Knicks from 1967 to 2004. Aside from this, he also calls football, hockey, horseracing tennis, boxing, and college basketball. He has called 8 NBA finals, 8 Super Bowls, and 7 Stanley Cup final games in the past. He covered Wimbledon for TNT and 2 World Series as well. At the moment, he continues to host NBA games. You will probably recognize his famous “Yes!” He makes $2 million a year.
Jeff Van Gundy
Former Knicks and Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy now works as a commentator for ESPN. In 2001, his move to leave the New York Knicks came as a surprise since they were doing pretty well. He then went on to join ESPN as a commentator and then broadcaster. In the beginning, he called Spurs games as a guest analyst but became a regular thanks to his popularity with viewers. He earns $16 million a year.
Howard University alumnus Gus Johnson started out as a play-by-play analyst for the Big East Network and the Timberwolves. Aside from this, he called CFL games for ESPN and NFL games for CBS. Best known for his exciting calls and colorful catchphrases, he was a huge part of CBS from 1998 to 2010. He left the network after a contract dispute and joined Fox Sports Network to call for college sports. With Fox, he continues to be the play-by-play announcer for the Bucks. He makes $500k a year.
Jim Nantz is a sportscaster who has hosted various shows in the past. Aside from NFL, he also covered NCAA D1, the PGA Tour, and the Masters Tournament. The New Orleans native took up broadcasting at the University of Houston and began working for CHBS before making the switch to KHOU. He came back to CBS in the ‘80s to cover college basketball, football, and golf. His personable attitude has made him very popular over the years. The Thursday Night Football host has a $5 million yearly salary!
Harold Lederman was one of the most famous boxing analysts and judges. He started covering boxing in 1967, joined the HBO World Championship Boxing team in 1986, got inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 2016, and only left the show in 2018 after HBO dropped it. He stopped judging in 1999 but worked as a ringside scorer afterward. “The Lederman Card” was even considered more accurate than the ring’s scorecard judge. He earns a cool $14.9 million. His daughter Julie has followed in his footsteps!
The former defensive end for the Raiders retired from the sport in 1993 after he was called the Defensive Player of the Year and then picked for Pro Bowl for the 8th time. His career did not end there since he went on to star in a number of Hollywood films. He also appears on Fox to cover the NFL! His annual salary is $16 million.
Daryl Johnston was one of the greatest fullbacks in the NFL. He was drafted during the second round after he impressed recruiters during his time at Syracuse. He went on to win 3 Super Bowls together with the Cowboys. Sadly, he had to cut his career short after getting a neck injury in 1999. He later started to cover football and now appears on Fox Sports on the regular. The Moose makes $3 million a year!
Verne Lundquist has been calling games for almost half a century already. He has worked for nearly all the big networks out there. He made a name for himself thanks to his exciting and colorful commentary. He was also in the film Happy Gilmore. Some might even say that his appearance in the comedy foreshadowed his reaction to the PGA Masters Tournament in 2019. He makes $1.5 million each year.
We bet NCAA fans think of him as one of the best college basketball analysts of the past decade. He initially worked for CBS, called Big East games for Fox Sports, and came back to CBS to work on March Madness. He has received many accolades in his field, which includes a Sports Emmy and a National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s Hall of Fame induction. He makes $2 million a year!
Known for covering Game 6 of the NBA Finals in 2013, Ian Eagle covers a lot of sports on national TV. He has been covering NBA games for TNT for the past few years, but he also calls NCAA games for CBS. He kicked off his career by working for SportChannel before he joined Fox. He cemented his status in the industry by becoming the play-by-play analyst for Jets games. He earns $1 million a year. Impressive!
We are sure that football fans remember the former Chargers and Patriots safety. Rodney Harrison was picked for the Pro Bowl twice and won two Super Bowls. In 2008, he quit the sport after suffering a muscle tear. After that, he started to announce for Sunday Night Football on NBC. He continues to hold the record for making 30 interceptions and 30 sacks! He has an annual salary of $11.5 million now.
Michael Kay is a sportscaster with more than three decades of experience under his belt. He started out covering NBA games but became famous as the announcer for the New York Yankees. He is now a big part of the franchise! In early 2019, reports said that he got vocal chord surgery. We hope he is feeling better now. The veteran sportscaster brings home $3 million on a yearly basis.
Randy Cross used to be a star center for the 49ers during the ‘70s and ‘80s. In 1988, he decided to quit after his 3rd Super Bowl win. He soon went into sports announcing and first worked for CBS Sports before joining NBC in the ‘90s. He returned to CBS in the end and now makes about $1 million a year.
Mark Chapman is an English sportscaster who joined the BBC early on. He worked his way up from bit roles in radio shows to a co-host on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption. He continues to work on the BBC programs The NFL Show and NFL This Week. Also a published author, he makes a million bucks a year!
NFL fans probably recall his name since he was once the head coach of the Buccaneers. After playing for the Steelers and 49ers, he started coaching and then went into sportscasting. He works for the NBC Sports shows Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football. His yearly salary is $10 million!
Chris Fowler is someone who ESPN viewers will know right away. After all, he was on College GameDay for more than two decades and continues to host the ESPN Classic show called SportsCentury. He is best known for covering college football but has also covered soccer, horse racing, and tennis in the past. He now works on ABC’s Saturday Night Football and earns $7 million a year.
NCAA fans mostly owe Kirk Herbstreit for his consistent and smart coverage of college-level football. He played ball for Ohio State, which must help. Did you know that he met his wife, then a cheerleader, in those days? He is now a sports anchor for ESPN’s College GameDay. He is also a regular contributor to the ABC for college basketball. The Emmy-nominated sportscaster brings home $4 million a year.
If you consider yourself a sports fan, you must know about Curt Menefee already. This commentator has been with Fox since he started his career! He started off working for the European outlet, then began to do baseball coverage, and now covers NFL for the network. He also worked on UFC coverage for Fox until the show changed ownership to ESPN. On an average year, he brings home around $3 million.
When it comes to NFL coaches, this guy stood out. Jimmy Johnson brought the Cowboys to Super Bowl victory in 1989 and 1993! He also headed the Dolphins in the ‘90s. He is now a co-host of Fox NFL Sunday. We bet fans recall his stint on Season 21 of Survivor! Aside from that, he also appeared in the Adam Sandler comedy film called The Waterboy. Can you believe that he makes $40 million each year?
Dan Marino must be the most iconic and beloved quarterback in all of history. The Dolphins star was a first-round pick during the 1983 draft. A year later, he went on to be the MVP of the NFL! He won just about all awards in the league before he retired in 2000. After this, he dabbled in NASCAR, Hollywood, and TV. Perhaps you remember him co-hosting The NFL Today for a while. He makes $35 million a year!
Dick Stockton is a veteran sportscaster who has appeared on just about every major sports network. He originally covered figure skating and MLB in the ‘60s before he moved on to cover the NFL for Fox. He later worked for TNT and TBS as well. He is best known as a play-by-play announcer for Fox Sports. He makes a quarter of a million bucks each year.
Patrick Cash has one of the best careers in the history of men’s tennis. This Australian-born athlete won Wimbledon in 1987 and claimed a number of global championships. He has since retired from the sport, but he does make regular appearances on CNN to cover Open Court. He is also the color commentator of the BBC. He makes an estimated salary of a million bucks a year.
It has been a long time since Peter Gammons begun to cover baseball! He became big in the field when he started covering the Red Sox for The Boston Globe. He was later hired by Sports Illustrated to handle a sports column. However, his true claim to fame was his long stint on ESPN’s SportsCenter as a regular contributor to the MLB coverage. Now in his 70s, he continues to work and makes $250,000 a year.
There was a time when Jim Wych was synonymous with pro pocket billiards. During the first year of his career, he competed at the Embassy World Professional Snooker Championship. He has since retired from playing, but he covers pro snooker and billiards for various international affiliates. You will find a lot of his coverage on Sky Sports. He has an estimated annual salary of $200,000.
Thom Brennaman is one of the greatest MLB sportscasters. He probably inherited his skill and passion from his dad, analyst Marty Brennaman. Today, he works for a number of networks and even dabbles in football coverage for Fox and basketball play-by-play commentary for CBS. Video game fans might also recognize his voice from All-Star Baseball 2004 and other games. His annual salary is around $2 million.
Dottie Pepper is a pro golfer who is one of the largest names in golf. After all, she has more than a dozen LPGA Tour event wins to her name. This New York native also works as a golf analyst for CBS. In the beginning, she helmed the ESPN coverage of the PGA and LPGA. However, she later joined CBS in 2015 to replace David Feherty. She makes around $6 million each year. Good for you, Dottie!
Bonnie Bernstein was the very first female sports analyst during the weekday run of the local NBC station in Reno. This helped her get a bunch of appearances on Sunday NFL Countdown, SportsCenter, and The NFL Today. She found a lot of success when she called NCAA games and hosted the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championship. She continues to make insightful sports analysis for almost every major network. She brings home around $1 million each year. Don’t you think this is impressive?
Billy Ray Brown
When it comes to golfing legends, Billy Ray Brown is definitely the cream of the crop. The PGA Tour staple won 3 Tour events before he had to end his career because of a wrist injury. He made it look easy when he went into sports commentary after this. He was on ABC as an on-course journalist and later joined the Golf Channel to cover the PGA. He makes around $2 million each year!
Basketball fans might know Dick Vitale as a college and NBA coach in the past. He worked for Rutgers and then Detroit Pistons in the past. He is now regularly on ESPN, where he primarily covers basketball. There is also a chance that you recall his cameo in The Naked Gun. He earns $16 million a year. Cool!
Teddy Atlas originally trained to be a boxer, although an injury killed his dreams of becoming a pro. He then turned to training and mentoring Michael Moorer to become the world heavyweight champ in 1994. Years later, he started to call fights for ESPN during fight night. As a sportscaster, he has won many awards and covers the Olympics for NBC. Each year, he brings home around $2 million.
The former NBA point guard had a great run in the league. Kenny “The Jet” Smith started off with the Kings as a first-round pick in 1987. He later joined the Hawks, Pistons, Rockets, Magic, and Nuggets. After his retirement, he joined Shaq and Charles Barkley on Inside the NBA. He continues to do commentary for NCAA men’s basketball for Turner and CBS as well. His annual salary is $16 million.
Fran Charles began his career as a beat journalist working on sports coverage in Ohio. He then snagged his first anchoring job in Boston, which then caught the eyes of HBO. The network hired him as a blow-by-blow announcer for boxing. He went on to cover the PGA for USA Network, NBA for NBC, and MLB for MLB Network. It seems like he covered just about every sport already! He earns $1.2 million yearly.
Brad Nessler is one of the most respected and best-known sports commentators. Previously a radio analyst, he covered the gams of the Falcons, the Vikings, and the Dolphins before he got a contract with CBS Sports. After that, he became the face of the NBA and NCAA coverage of the network. By the mid ‘00s, he was making regular appearances on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. He also worked for NFL Network briefly before he agreeing to sign with CBS again in 2016. He now makes around $1.5 million.
Jim Rosenthal is a UK-born commentator who has covered nearly all professional sports out there. Soccer fans probably know him as the lead commentator for the MUTV coverage of the World Cup. He originally tried his hand in sports journalism and worked on Snooker Scene and Hockey Scene. He has since covered boxing for ITV and a lot of Formula Events. In a year, he makes around $1 million!
This baseball legend retired from pro baseball during the late ‘50s. Aside from his incredible baseball career, did you know that he was one of the first African-American coaches in NBA? He passed away earlier in 2019, but we daresay that his legacy will never be forgotten. He made around $1 million a year.
John Anderson is a sportscaster who started to host ESPN’s SportsCenter in 1999. He later shifted to the MLB Network but still appeared on his old network as a co-host of John Buccigross and Kenny Mayne. He was also the host of the Wipeout. This University of Missouri alumnus has no qualms about showing off his school pride and supports his alma mater in various events. He makes $2.5 million each year!
Bob Ley is most famous for his long sting on ESPN. Only three days after the network was launched in 1979, he joined the team. He boasts of the longest tenure of an employee at the network! He first started to work bit jobs before he got an ESPN role. He was the main host for major soccer leagues like UEFA and FIFA over the course of his career. Aside from this, he also hosted NCAA events and the investigative program called Outside the Lines. Right now, he earns an estimated $2 million each year.
SportsCenter’s Linda Cohn grew up watching sports and played goalie on an all-boys hockey team back in high school. She continued playing when she started going to SUNY Oswego as well. Her first job was as a sports anchor at a local radio station in Patchogue, New York. In 1992, ESPN hired her. She became big thanks to her eerily correct predictions in NCAA tournaments. She makes $3 million a year!
Bill Macatee got his first broadcast job at KLTV-TV, a local Tyler radio station. He began to work at NBC Sports back in 1982 and covered a number of events like Wimbledon, Rose Bowl, and Super Bowl. He hosted NBC News at Sunrise and Sunday Today. In 1995, he joined CBS Sports as a tower announcer but got to do play-by-play for NFL from 1998 to 2013. He also covered NCAA basketball and Olympic events. He has an annual salary of $3.5 million.
James “J.B.” Brown started his sports broadcasting career in the ‘80s when he worked for the Bullets. A couple of years later, he worked as an NBA analyst for CBS. He moved from one channel to the next. He would later feel at home with CBS and the NFL Network. He hosts Thursday Night Football, The NFL Today, and The Jim Brown Show. He is also a CBS special correspondent who covers sports news and other topics. Let us not forget about his stint on Fox Sports as well. His annual salary is now $10 million.
Pat O’Brien is most famous for his long stint with CBS, which happened from 1981 to 1997. After this, he worked on Access Hollywood until 2004 and was with The Insider until 2008. Did you know that he has written two books in the past? Aside from covering the NBA Finals, Final Four, World Series, and Super Bowl, he also hosted two Olympics for CBS and then four others for NBC. He makes $3 million a year.
Tiffany Cherry is among the most recognizable sports anchors on Sky News Australia. She co-hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver for Foxtel and presented the Astra Awards in the past. She began small by working on the Seven Network Footy Program before joining Prime News. She got a scholarship to work with CNN in the States. She later moved to Sydney when she got a job with Network Ten and went from station to the next until she found herself at Sky News Australia. She makes $500K a year!
Jim Ross is a pro-wrestling advisor and commentator signed to AEW as well as a talent relations exec. He is known as a colorful commentator at the WWE who also had stints with WCW and NWA. Good Ol’ JR was the voice of the Attitude Era in the WWE. In 2007, he got inducted into the Hall of Fame. It is neat to note that he has a line of BBQ sauces and beef jerky! He has a salary of $1 million a year.
This Kansas local is a pro wrestling personality working as a pay-per-view pre-match host for the WWE. He is a sports analyst and interviewer as well. He was the General Manager of Raw too. He began as a backstage interviewer and moved to ringside. He got his break from Raw and SmackDown, which he did before he hosted Wrestlemania on SportsCenter. He makes an average annual salary of $500k.
Hannah Storm was named thanks to her hard-rock station DJing stint in the past. She is the current host of Face to Face. How cool is it that she is the first female host of CNN Sports Tonight? She stayed there from 1989 to 1992. She hosted MMLB Preview as well but ultimately left CNN to work for NBC and cover MLB games. She was a play-by-play announcer for WNBA games before she shifted to CBS to cover sports and news. At last, she found her final home at SportsCenter. She makes $130k each year.
Michael Cole, real name Sean Coulthard, is a pro wrestling commentator. The former journalist worked for CBS radio coverage in the past. He used to report on many important events all over the world until he went on to become a WWE host. He worked on WWE promo voice-overs before he became a LiveWire host. He went on to host Smackdown and Raw, among others. His annual salary is $500k.
Scott Van Pelt
Talk show host and sportscaster Scott Van Pelt started to work in sports as an anchor for Golf Channel, where he worked from 1995 to 2000. He hosted major programs there before he went to ESPN in 2000. Aside from being a golf correspondent, he also hosted a show on the network with Mike Tirico before it got canceled and he got his own spot. He also hosts college football now. He makes $1.5 million a year!
Dick Enberg was a big personality for CBS, ESPN, and NBC. He gave play-by-play coverage for a number of different sports for radio and television. He became known for saying “Oh, my!” during exciting plays and “Touch ‘em all” during home runs. He is also known for hosting the Tournament of Roses Parade. He even invites his family to come and host it with him! He makes a salary of around $6 million.
Whit Watson currently works for the Golf Channel, but he also worked on Fox TV affiliates Sun Sports and Fox Sports in the past. He also hosted SportsCenter, RPM 2Night, ESPNWEWS, and NBA 2night. He used to host and provide play-by-play commentary for Orlando Magic games. He called games for the Rays and Tampa Bay Lightning too. He was the first one to host Fox’s My Own Words. He has been working on the Golf Channel since 2010. Can you guess how much he makes? Just $3.5 million a year!
Tom Hammond is one of the most popular sports reporters with NBC Sports. He covers Notre Dame Football as well as Thoroughbred Racing, although he also made a name for himself by covering NFL from 1985 to 2011. Like others on the list, he also called Olympic events in the past. He had been the play-by-play announcer for speed skating and track-and-field. He makes $2.9 million per year.
English sportscaster Eleanor Oldroyd works for BBC radio. The Cambridge University graduate started her broadcasting career in commercial radio before she worked as a sports producer for the BBC in 1986. She was on Newsbeat for several years before she transferred to BBC Sport to present on Radio 5 and 5 Live. Called “First Lady”, she is popular at Fighting Talk on 5 Live. Her yearly salary is $200k.
Ernie Johnson, Jr.
Ernie Johnson of CBS Sports and Turner Sports has been called the “Voice of the MLB.” He hosts it on TBS as the lead TV voice for this program. He hots TNT’s Inside the NBA and covers the NCAA D1 tournaments for Turner and CBS as well. His dad was none other than pitcher Ernie Johnson Sr. The younger man started out on a small radio station back in 1977. He has an annual salary of $300k.
Jason Dasey works as a host for BBC and CNN. He was the original anchor of the ESPN flagship stations in India and Asia as well! He was a Vice-President at the Malaysian network ASTRO for a little while. He runs a company of his own called Cockatoo Media. He got his start as a journalist for the BBC before he went on to become a senior sports anchor. He makes an impressive yearly salary: $1 million!
Steve Levy of ESPN is a journalist who has been working with the station since 1993. He has a hosting job on SportsCenter as the host of the late-night program after Monday Night Football. He was on the NHL regular season when ESPN had a contract with the league. He covered college-level football from 1999 to 2002 as well, although he reprised this gig in 2016. He also calls Wednesday Night Baseball games when they need someone to fill in. He and Brian Griese are set to call Monday Night Football this 2019! His annual salary is $700k.
Michael “Doc” Emrick is a sportscaster with the NHL. The lead announcer for NBCSN NHL and NBC, he has won a lot of awards like the Lester Patrick Award. He has been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, the first media personnel to win such an honor. He has been a host since 1973 when WHLS radio hired him to do PR and play-by-play reporting. These days, he makes an annual salary of $300k.
Skip Bayless made a name for himself when he hosted First Take on ESPN. Recently, he debuted his Fox Sports 1 show called Skip & Shannon: Undisputed. He first wrote sports features for the Miami Herald before catching the attention of The Wall Street Journal. He entered the industry by working for The Sports Reporters on ESPN in 1989 and then NFL Prime Mondays later on. He makes $6.25 million a year.
Colin Cowherd is a famous TV pundit who hosts Fox’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd at the moment. He got his start in radio with ESPN and worked his way up until he became The Heard head. His coverage includes the NBA and baseball. He impressed a lot of people by making accurate predictions. He has also received many accolades in the past. At the moment, he brings home $6 million each year. Neat.
Mike Francesca is probably one of the most recognizable voices in radio sports commentary. The host started his career in the ‘80s by working for CBS before he found his home at WFAN in NYC. We bet you remember his long gig hosting The NFL Now, which MSNBC picked up. He was the host of Mike’d Up before he headlined Mike’s On: Francesca on the FAN. He has a yearly salary of around $3 million.
Al Michaels worked with ABC for 30 years before moving on to NBC because of a contract between NBC and Disney. He has been doing play-by-play commentary for the NFL since 2006. He is has called various events like the 1989 World Series and the 1980 Winter Olympics. He makes $6 million a year.
Former NBA baller Walt “Clyde” Frazier started broadcasting after enjoying a successful run on the court. He helped the Knicks win two championships in the ‘70s. At the moment, he is the colorful commentator of the team for the MSG Network. This father of two lives in Harlem and runs his own sneaker line with Puma as well. He earns $4.5 million each year, which is not bad at all.
Dan Le Batard
Dan Le Batard made a name for himself thanks to his Miami Herald sports coverage. He started to go on ESPN Radio to offer his sharp and in-depth analysis of NBA games. He then appeared on ESPN and headline his show, Highly Questionable. He opened its podcasting net worth too. He makes $3.5 million a year.
Former NFL player Joe Theismann had 12 seasons with the Redskins as the QB and got picked twice for pro-Bowl. He was with ESPN for two decades and partnered with Mike Patrick for the Sunday Night Football. He now works for NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football. The Playbook host makes $1 million each year!
Kevin Calabro used to be the voice of the SuperSonics until the disbandment of the team. Since then, he called college football and NBA with Yogi Roth for college football. These days, he works for ESPN as the play-by-play host for the Trailblazers. He calls for Pac-12 Network games and collaborated with Westwood One Sports as well. He has chosen to focus on football and basketball, so he does not call for MLS anymore like he used to. He makes $200k each year.
Phil Sims spent fifteen years in the NFL under the New York Giants. The Super Bowl XXI MVP is now a color commentator for CBS, NBC, and ESPN. He used to be an analyst for NBC and ESPN before he moved to CBS. His own son Chris Simms is a college analyst! He now earns $3 million per year.
Doris Burke was the first woman who called a New York Knicks game on radio and TV. She is now a sports announcer who analyzes and announces NBA games for ABC and ESPN. In the past, she played college-level basketball for the Friars and set an assists record. She has won the Curt Gowdy Media Award and got inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. These days, her yearly salary is $1 million.
Shannon Sharpe had been an NFL tight end before he went into announcing. The former Ravens and Broncos player hosted the show Skip & Shannon in the past. In 2011, he got inducted into the Football Hall of Fame and called games for CBS as Deion Sanders’ replacement. He worked as a commentator for The NFL Today, although Bart Scott later replaced him. He now hosts Opening Drive on CBS on top of his ESPN stint. His annual salary now rests on a cool $5 million.
Jim Durham was dubbed the Voice of ESPN Radio because he called games for this station for 32 years! He used to be the play-by-play announcer during the days of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. He used to work for the local radio station WJBC and called Doug Collins’ games. Aside from basketball, Durham also called White Sox games in the MLB. These days, he has a yearly salary of $200k.
This ESPN TV and radio broadcaster does the play-by-play calls for both WNBA and the NBA. He is the lead broadcaster for the Nets and Yankees. Aside from this, he works for YES Network and DAZN, which means he covers boxing as well. He also does the R2C2 broadcast on UNINTERRUPTED. He used to have a show on ESPN with Stephen A. Smith. He makes $2 million each year!
Mike Fratello is a former pro basketball coach who went into broadcasting. Did you know he is in the top 20 for most wins as an NBA head coach? He used to play ball for Montclair himself. He used to coach the Hawks, Cavs, and Grizzlies, but he now calls games for both TNT and NBA TV. He earns $300k a year.
Sam Rosen became a fan of the Yankees when he was little and liked Mel Allen’s broadcasting. He also liked hockey on top of baseball. He went on to work for MSG as the play-by-play announcer for the Rangers. These days, he also covers NFL games for Fox. In 2008, he got his induction into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. How much does he make each year? The answer to that is $300k!
Mike Gorman has 5 Emmys to his name thanks to his broadcasting career. Before this, he served in the US Navy. He began to broadcast after he left aviation. He used to be a WPRI sports director and the voice of the University of Rhode Island on WPRO. He once worked for ESPN but now does play-by-play commentary on Celtics games for NBC Sports. He covered the 2016 Olympic Games with Fran Fraschilla for the channel as well. He makes half a million bucks per year these days.
Tony Romo is a recognizable name thanks to his time in the NFL. The former QB had to quit pro football after 13 years when he got a back injury. He became a commentator for CBS not long after this. He was hired as a lead color analyst for its NFL telecast. He was able to make $4 million per year early on thanks to his NFL recognizability.
Tom Heinsohn used to be a player and then a coach for the Boston Celtics. After quitting, he became a broadcaster for their games on CBS instead! He got inducted into the Celtics Hall of Fame twice in his life. He also played a part in the formation of the NBA Players Association. He now makes $500k a year.
Mike Patrick enjoyed over 30 years with ESPN. He used to be the play-by-play commentator on Monday Night Football for ABC and ESPN. He started out by calling NCAA games in local stations in the past. In 1982, he then joined ESPN on Sunday Night Football with Paul Maguire and Joe Theismann. Before he became the ESPN lead announcer, he called playoff games for ABC as well. He makes $6.5 million a year.
This former Pacers player and Vice-President of player relations retired early because of chronic knee issues. He has since moved onto sports analysis with ESPN. He used to work for WTTV-FSN in Indiana and called games for The Big East Network and Prime Sports. He won a number of awards in the past like Coach Wooden’s Keys to Life Award. He makes $400k a year now.
Brent “Woody” Musburger is a sportscaster who worked for CBS for quite some time. He was even an original member of The NFL Today. He was the one to coin “March Madness” as a way to describe the NCAA D1 games. He covered a lot of events for CBS, ABC, and ESPN from the US Opens to World Series to Super Bowls. He also does broadcast stats for Information Network and Vegas Stats. Aside from these, he is also the managing editor for VSiN. He makes $4 million each year!
Rebecca Lobo used to play for the New York Liberty in the WNBA. She now works as a basketball analyst after retiring from the court in 2003. In 2017, she was inducted into the Basketball Hall of fame. ESPN is her primary station. She calls WNBA and college-level games for the channel. She makes $60k a year.
Paul Maguire was a first-round pick by the LA Chargers in 1960 and used to play in the AFL. He enjoyed a great broadcasting career on top of his linebacking one. He called CFL and NCAA games for ESPN and NBC as a commentator as well. In 1986, he joined NBC and often got matched with Marv Albert. He worked for HDNet and Empire Spots in the past as well. He now makes $300k a year.
Al McCoy has been called “The Voice of the Suns” in the past. He has the longest NBA caller tenure ever! His first job was as a local hot at KJFJ. In the ‘90s, he joined the broadcasting team for the Suns. His many catchphrases include “Wham Bam Slam!”, “Shazam!”, “Oh Brother!”, “Whammo!”, and “Heartbreak Hotel!” He is also responsible for a bunch of nicknames like Steve “The Nash Rambler” Nash, Jason “Captain Jason” Kidd, and Shawn “The Matrix” Marion. The WHO commentator makes $200k a year.
Bill Maas got his start by playing tackle for the Packers and the Chiefs. He was with the latter from 1984 to 1992. At the moment, he works as a Fox Sports commentator as a host and studio anchor for NFL Games. He got into hot water with the law when he was just starting out, but he was able to bounce back in no time at all. He now has a yearly salary of around $100k.
Sean McDonough is an ESPN sportscaster who got his start at Enterprise Radio Network in 1981. After that, he went to Syracuse to do play-by-play announcing for the Chiefs in the International League. He later covered football on PBS for the Ivy League. He worked with NBC, CBS, and ESPN as well. Best known for calling MLB games for CBS. The youngest play-by-play announcer ever earns $80,000 a year.
Ron Jaworski made a name for himself as an NFL quarterback. After his pro career, he decided to go into broadcasting. He enjoyed a couple of small stints in the past but got hired to be a full-time commentator for WIP afterward. He was on the ESPN Monday Night Football lineup! He calls NFL plays for ESPN broadcasts as well. As of 2010, he has since become a published author. He makes $3 million a year.
We bet you recognize this name! The former NBA player was with the Pacers for 18 years, after all. He is the recordholder of the most three-point goals made and generally considered to be the team’s best player ever. He is now an NBA commentator for the Pacers on TNT. In 2012, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Can you guess how much he has been making per year since then? It’s $250k!
Kevin Harlan is the son of Packers exec Bob Harlan. He now broadcasts NCAA and NFL games for CBS. Aside from these, he is also the play-by-play announcer for the NBA broadcast of TNT. He works as the lead Monday Night Football announcer of Westwood One. In 2017, he was dubbed the National Sportscaster of the Year! Aside from this, he calls preseason games as well. He makes $400k a year.
Bill Packer is an author and sportscaster who spent more than 30 years as a color commentator for college football. He is most famous for his colorful commentary and even made headlines for how outspoken he is. Unrelated, but he hired a psychic to try to figure out where the location of the weapon in the OJ Simpson case. Anyway, he now makes $500k by working for CBS.
Jon Gruden is the Oakland Raiders head coach and former Monday Night Football analyst for ESPN. In the past, he made a name for himself as the youngest NFL coach to win a Super Bowl. He was at ESPN before he started working with Raiders and after coaching at Tampa Bay. He makes $6.5 million a year!
Ahmad Rashad is a former pro football player. After his time in the Cardinals, he became a famous sportscaster instead. He worked for ABC and NBC, among others. He hosted NBA Inside Hot Stuff for 16 long years. He did not only cover the NFL but also the MLB and NBA. He makes $500k.
Jerry Glanville is a former coach and sportscaster who has been involved in a lot of sports. The former NASCAR owner and driver was the head coach of the Falcons and Oilers from 1986 to 1994. He also left the NFL to coach in the NCAA instead. When that did not work out, he joined Fox and HBO to host NFL Today and Inside the NFL. He also worked for the UFL and NFL. These days, his yearly salary if $170k.
Bill “The Schonz” Schonely is a sportscaster known for doing the play-by-play calls for the Trail Blazers for almost three decades. Before this, he was in radio in Louisiana and Seattle. He has called MLB, minor league baseball, NHL, NCAA, and junior league ice hockey games. He called for the SuperSonics for radio before it disbanded as well. He coined “Have a knuckle sandwich”, you know. He makes $200k a year.
The former pro football player later found himself in broadcasting. He was with the Chargers from 1973 to 1998. The QB did not ever make it to the Super Bowl but got inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1993 anyway. He is a CBS color analyst who called play-by-play NFL games. He also called games radio for Westwood One. He makes $750k each year. How awesome must that be?!
Bill Walton played for the UCLA Bruins in the ‘70s and joined the NBA later on. He won 2 championships and an MVP Award until he had to quit because of foot injuries. He quit in 1987 and went on to become a broadcaster. He has since become a sportscaster for Pac-12 and ESPN. He makes $5 million a year!
Norman “Boomer” Esiason is a famous former QB in the NFL. He is thought to be one of the greatest QBs in history. After all, he finished in the top 10 for most statistical categories. After he quit the sport in 1997, he would go on to work as a color analyst for CBS. Before this, he also worked on the Monday Night Football team with ABC. Aside from this, he also hosts his very own show called Boomer and Gio. He now a salary of $1 million.
Retired quarterback Troy Aikman was the top pick during the 1989 draft. He was with the Cowboys for twelve seasons, which is the longest stretch of any QB the team ever had. The Super Bowl champion and Pro Bowl member retired from the game in 2000, at which point he went into broadcasting. He covered five Super Bowls and received an Emmy nomination for his work. He now hosts on Sporting News Radio and appears on the Dunham and Miller Sports Show once a week. He has an annual salary of $1 million.