You Won’t Believe How Much These Sportscasters Got Paid Last Year!

Being an NFL analyst or NBA announcer is more than just talking during a game in order to fill in the down-time. A great announcer will get excited just at the right time, cry foul with us when someone breaks the rules, and point out important things we hadn’t paid attention to. In-short, announcers, and analysts are just as much a part of the game as the players themselves.
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We all know that when these sportscasters appear on TV and broadcast media – they make a lot of money! In this list, we’ve decided to find out how much our favorite (and least favorite) sportscasters make in annual salaries.

Bonnie Bernstein – MSNBC, Fox

Salary: $1 million per year

The incredible Bonnie Bernstein is a prime example of a woman flourishing in sports. The sports journalist and Campus Insiders vice president is considered by the American Sportscasters Association to be one of the most successful female sportscasters to date.

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With over 20 years of commentating experience, Bernstein also appears occasionally on a variety of networks. She considers herself a “sports chick”, motivational speaker, philanthropist, and a fitness nut.

Daryl Johnston – Fox

Salary: $3 million per year

Daryl Johnston, 3 time Super Bowl champion and legendary former NFL fullback for the Dallas Cowboys, has worked as a color commentator alongside Kenny Albert since 2013 and appears as a regular guest on FS1’s First Things First. To this day, he remains in many fan’s views as one of the best power blocking backs in football history.

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Outside of football, he also contributes regularly to various charities, including the Special Olympics, Children’s Cancer Fund, Cystic Fibrosis, and Literacy Instruction For Texas.

Skip Bayless – Fox Sports 1

Salary: $6.25 million per year

Skip Bayless is best known as the commentator on ESPN’s First Take with Stephen Smith. The famous announcer currently hosts the Fox Sports 1 show “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed” which averages over 100,000 viewers weekly.

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With a verified Twitter account boasting almost 3 million followers, Bayless has managed to leverage his massive presence on TV into a successful social media account.

Doris Burke –  ABC, ESPN

Salary: $1 million per year

It’s not easy being a woman in the male-dominated sports world, especially a female sportscaster. Nevertheless, Doris Burke proves that it’s possible to really make an impact despite gender differences. She is currently a sports analyst for NBA on ESPN and on ABC Games. Burke paved the way for women’s equality when she debuted as the first-ever female commentator to call a New York Knicks game.

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She is highly praised by many many media outlets as “Basketball’s best TV analyst” for her unique and insightful commentary during NBA games and was even called “the LeBron James of sportscasters” by Jeff Van Gundy.

Mike Tirico – NBC Sports

Salary: $3 million per year

Best known for being the NFL play-by-play announcer on Monday Night Football, Mike Tirico has spent the last 25 years calling everything from the NFL, the NBA, and even golf, tennis, and soccer. Once his contract with ESPN expired, Tirico moved on to NBC Sports and has been with the American sports network ever since.

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Tirico expressed interest in eventually checking what his true ancestry is, but for now, he’s happy living with his wife Debbi and two kids with these questions unanswered.

Jon Gruden – ESPN

Salary: $6.5 million a year

NFL’s popular head coach began his football coaching career while still at the University of Tennessee. By age 35, Gruden was already coaching the Oakland Raiders and then moved on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leading them to a successful Super Bowl win in 2002.

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At age 39, he was the youngest head coach to ever win a Super Bowl. Gruden returned as head coach of the Oakland Raiders by signing a 10-year, $100 million contract – one of the biggest contracts in the NFL.

Chris Fowler – ESPN, ABC

Salary: $7 million per year

Chris Fowler is one of the most recognizable faces for anyone who watches ESPN as he has worked with the network since 1986 as the host of Scholastic Sports America. The young Fowler spent almost 2 years as a production assistant for KCNC-TV.

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He is currently married to Jennifer Dempster, a former fitness model. Last year, Fowler signed a contract extension with ESPN that keeps him with them until 2023.

 Bob Costas – MLB Network

Salary: $7 million per year

As one of the best-known sportscasters of all time, Bob Costas has seen everything and was both highly decorated, as-well-as involved in various scandals. The Emmy-winning sportscaster from Queens is mostly known for his almost 4 decades of working with NBC Sports from 1980 to 2018.

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Throughout the years the sportscaster commentated in various Olympic broadcasts for NBC. He also hosted the radio program “Costas Coast to Coast” for three years and later hosted a 12-week long series called On the Record with Bob Costas.

Bill Macatee  – CBS Sports

Salary: $3.5 million per year

Bill Macatee isn’t your average sports broadcaster, the talented announcer began working for network television in his mid-twenties and continues his work today. The CBS Sports and Tennis Channel sportscaster was born in Rome, New York.

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He began his broadcasting career with NBC as the youngest sportscaster in the industry. Since then, Macatee did NFL play-by-play commentary for CBS; he also called various basketball games and championship tournaments.

Charles Barkley – Turner Sports

Salary: $1.5 million per year

From a professional award-winning basketball player to a highly acclaimed NBA analyst, Charles Barkley’s career is a series of amazing accomplishments and a true testament to his work ethic both inside the court and outside. Initially, a relatively small kid, at just 5 ft 10 in. and 220 pounds, the high school junior from Alabama failed to impress anyone.

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Eventually, Barkley enjoyed a huge growth spurt and got the chance to improve his abilities. Barkley went on to become a highly successful NBA player. Once the NBA superstar retired, he became a highly decorated NBA analyst with three Sports Emmy Awards.

Dick Stockton – Fox

Salary: $250,000 per year

Dick Stockton is a true veteran of the NFL. As TV and radio sportscaster for the last 5 decades, he has seen his fair share of ups and downs throughout his career. Though mostly known for his broadcasting and analyzing, he is also a keynote speaker.

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Stockton has covered a variety of important events and sports, from the Olympics and the World Figure Skating Championship. He received the Curt Gowdy Electronic Media Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.

Tom Hammond – NBC

Salary: $2.9 million per year

You may not recognize Tom Hammond unless you enjoy watching horse racing, track, and field or speed skating on NBC Sports. Hammond was born in 1944 in Lexington Kentucky and earned his B.S. in animal science in 1967. He served as a play-by-play announcer for a variety of sports networks before being hired by NBC.

 

Hammond’s career is full of awards and honors, from 2 Eclipse Award (the highest honor for horse racing broadcasting), to 4 different Emmy Awards. He was eventually inducted into the Hall of Fame in the University of Ken

Tom Heinsohn – CBS

Salary: $500,000 per year

From player to coach to the broadcaster. The NBA’s Tom Heinsohn was an aggressive player with excellent accuracy and movement. The NBA Rookie of 1957 helped the Celtics dominate with a total of 8 NBA titles in his almost decade of time with the team. Heinsohn is also a 6 time NBA all-star and was awarded the title of NBA Coach of the Year in 1973.

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As a broadcaster, the former player and coach is known to be very critical of referees and is accused of being biased towards the Celtics. What’s unique about Heinsohn is that he is revered by many generations of Celtics fans.

 Bill Schonely – WOMO-TV, CBS

Salary: $200,000 per year

Bill Schonely, the 90-year old sportscaster who presided as the voice of the Portland Trail Blazers for nearly 30 years. He’s a standing nominee for the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award and is involved in many charities and was named Broadcaster of the Year in 1994 and then Oregon’s Sportscaster of the Year in 2003.

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Outside of the NBA, Schonely likes to go to church and play golf. He has four children and has been married to Dottie Schonely since 1992.

Jim Wych – Sky Sports

Salary: $200,000 – per year

Canadian snooker fans love Jim Wych. The 65-year-old former Canadian professional snooker and pocket billiards player won 2 snooker championships during his snooker career, one in 1979 and one in 1999. Wych retired from snooker in 1997 and currently does television commentary on pool and snooker games for Sky Sports.

 

He is appreciated for his moderate and self-controlled commentary. He was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1954 and officially began his snooker career at age 25 – winning his first championship that very same year.

Kevin Calabro – ESPN

Salary: $200,000 per year

Kevin Calabro, best known as the 21-year veteran announcer of the Seattle SuperSonics, is loved by fans for his glowing enthusiasm and eccentricity. The announcer often discusses topics that are completely unrelated to sports during games such as his favorite show, The Wire, and various trivia topics.

 

His many honors and awards include the 2016 Keith Jackson Western Sports Star of the Year award. He has also done extensive and highly acclaimed reporting for many sports networks.

Ernie Johnson, Jr. – CBS, Turner Sports

Salary: $300,000 per year

If you’ve been watching MLB on TBS or Inside the NBA on TNT, you’ve most likely had a chance to listen to the commentary of Ernie Johnson Jr. The 3 time Emmy Award-winning sportscaster and father of 6 recently wrote the fantastic autobiography: “Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinary”.

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Johnson is also the recipient of the first-ever John Wooden Keys to Life Award and the Musial Award. He currently lives with his wife Cheryl in Braselton, Georgia with their 6 children.

Dan Patrick – NBC Sports

Salary: $5.5 million per year

Famous radio host, actor, and sportscaster Dan Patrick has been a favorite in the public ear for the last 40 years. He worked at ESPN from 1989 to 2006 as an anchor, while also hosting The Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio from 1,999 to 2007.

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Since then, the successful media personality joined NBC Sports as co-host of Football Night in America and stayed with the network. Patrick was inducted into the Mason High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.

Joe Tessitore – ESPN

Salary: $2.3 million per year

The play-by-play broadcaster of Monday Night Football and co-analyst with Booger McFarland, Joe Tessitore is an accomplished sports broadcaster and was a finalist twice for Sports Illustrated’s Sports Media Person of the Year entry.

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He began his career as a sports anchor when he became a sports broadcaster for KXAS-TV in 1994. Since then, he became a boxing announcer on ESPN during Tuesday and Friday Night Fights, and would also go on to appear in college football and basketball games.

Kenny Albert – Fox

Salary: $500,000 per year

Kenny Albert comes from a long line of sportscasters, including Mark, Al, and Steve Albert. Since his career first began in 1990, the successful American sportscaster is the only one in history that has done play-by-play commentary for all 4 major professional sports leagues.

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He was nominated in 2016 for the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Media Personality. One of his most noteworthy achievements is calling the play by play of 4 different sports in 4 days.

Bill Walton – ESPN

Salary: $5 million per year

With over 100,000 Twitter followers, Bill Walton is still very much an active participant in the NBA scene at age 66. The retired NBA player had a legendary career back in his day, with an NBA Most Valuable Player pick and two NBA Championships, he was an obvious inductee for the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Walton began working for CBS, NBC, and ESPN as a broadcaster, it wasn’t easy though. Walton also became acclaimed as a broadcaster and received an Emmy Award for “Best Live Sports Television Broadcast” and the CoSIDA Dick Enberg Award.

Kenny Smith – CBS

Salary: $16 million per year

Most of us know him as the former NBA player “The Jet” and for good reason. Kenny Smith, the 2 time NBA champion was indeed one of the faster and most accurate basketball players in recent memories. Smith has scored over 9,000 points in his career and finished his career in the NBA’s top ten list of free-throw percentages and three-point percentages for a total of 5 years.

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The retired NBA player has gone on to become a successful and award-winning basketball commentator and analyst, with several Emmys under his belt for his commentary on TNT’s Inside the NBA.

Jimmy Johnson – Fox

Salary: $4 million per year

One of the most impressive personalities in the NFL and entertainment media is Jimmy Johnson. From winning 2 consecutive Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993 as head coach for the Dallas Cowboys to appearing in many commercials and even being one of the 20 castaways in the reality show Survivor: Nicaragua.

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Johnson went on to become a TV studio analyst for Fox Sports and Fox NFL Sunday. In 2009, Jimmy Johnson hosted a special episode of FOX NFL Sundays.

Jim Nantz – CBS

Salary: $5 million per year

American play-by-play broadcaster Jim Nantz is known for his wacky calls and his signature “Hello, friends!” opening line in broadcasts. The 60-year-old sportscaster from North Carolina has been commentating on games since the early ’80s. His first big break happened when he joined CBS Sports in 1985 as a studio host for their college football and basketball games.

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The sportscaster contributed his voice to the commentary in the long-running Madden NFL video-game series. He was also awarded the NSSA’s National Sportscaster of the Year five times between 1998 and 2009.

Jim Rosenthal – MUTV

Salary: $1 million per year

Jim Rosenthal is one of the most popular presenters of television sport in Britain. The British sportscaster from Oxford, England, has been covering various sports from football to boxing and even rugby. His long career as presenter and commentator started in 1972 almost 50 years ago and still continues strong.

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He is also a contributor to the Willow Foundation which helps people with serious illnesses have special days of happiness. Jim’s son, Tom Rosenthal is a successful comedian and actor.

Walt Frazier – MSG Network

Salary: $4.5 million per year

Walt Frazier spent 10 years with the Knicks and left with numerous team records. The successful basketball player was inducted to the NBA Hall of Fame and went on to become a TV analyst and color commentator for MSG Network.

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The retired NBA player managed to score a total of 15,581 points in his career, with 4,830 rebounds and 5,040 assists. At an average of 18.9 points per game, it’s no wonder he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Ron Jaworski – ESPN

Salary: $3 million per year

Ron Jaworski, also known as “Rifle Ron” and the “Polish Rifle” is a retired NFL quarterback who played with the Los Angeles Rams, the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, and Kansas City Chiefs. Mostly known for his incredible passing skills, Jaworski was inducted in 1991 into the National Polish-American Hall of Fame.

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He retired after 16 years of playing in the NFL and got into business and broadcasting. Jaworski is co-owner of the Philadelphia Soul, motivational speaker for corporations, and the CEO of Ron Jaworski Golf Management, inc.

Chris Berman- ESPN

Salary: $5 million per year

Coming from Greenwich, Connecticut, Chris Berman, also known as “Boomer”, has been a consistent anchor at ESPC since its initial launch in 1979. Berman has helped bring ESPN to the popularity that it enjoys today, and was honored with various awards throughout his years in the business.

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With almost 40 years in the industry, Berman is starting to show signs of slowing down, but regardless – he will always be one of our favorites.

John Anderson – ESPN

Salary: $2.5 million per year

The John Anderson we’re referring to is the famous sports commentator who regularly hosts the ESPN show SportsCenter since back in the late ’90s. In 2012, Anderson was awarded the Bill Teegins Oklahoma Sportscaster of the year.

 

As the anchor of SportsCenter, he’s known to receive around $2.5 million in annual salary. Perhaps as an ironic joke relating to his massive salary, Anderson’s official verified twitter bio reads “Avoiding proper work since 1985”.

 Dan Fouts – CBS

Salary: $750,000 per year

Another famous quarterback turned broadcaster on our list is the San Diego Chargers’, Dan Fouts. With over 43,000 yards and 254 touchdowns throughout his 14-year NFL career, the successful quarterback built up a serious name for himself.

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His achievements include being the first player in history to throw 4,000 yards for 3 seasons consecutively. He’s also a 6 times Pro Bowl champion and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Sam Rosen – Fox Sports

Salary: $300,000 per year

Sam Rosen, the famous play-by-play announcer for the New York Rangers has been working with MSG Network since 1984. His career in sportscasting began in 1970 as a statistician for Knicks Radio Network and really kicked off in 1982 when he was hired full-time as studio host for the Rangers by MSG.

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The veteran play-by-play announcer was awarded the “Excellence in Boxing Broadcast Journalism” award in 1989. Rosen also worked for NHL Radio for 12 years and broadcasted 12 Stanley Cup Finals.

Al Michaels – NBC Sports

Salary: $6 million per year

With over 5 decades of sportscasting experience, it’s a bit ironic that 74-year-old NFL play-by-play broadcaster, Al Michaels, is known best for just 2 famous matches which he broadcasted. The United States ended up winning 4 to 3, which promptly awarded the game the nickname of “The Miracle on Ice”.

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Michaels has won numerous awards throughout his successful sportscasting career, including 5 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Personality, 3 NSSA Awards and even “Sportscaster of the Year”.

Dick Enberg – NBC, CBS, ESPN

Salary: $6 million per year

The Hall of Fame broadcaster, famous for his “Oh my!” calls has been one of America’s most loved and admired sports broadcasters. His career spanned out through about 60 years in which he worked with numerous networks.

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Outside of sports, Enberg has appeared in a handful of films as an announcer or himself, mostly throughout the ’70s. The legendary sportscaster retired from broadcasting in 2016 and sadly passed away in 2017 at age 82.

Rebecca Lobo –  ESPN

Salary: $60,000 per year

At 6’4″, Rebecca Lobo is one incredibly tall woman! Lobo is one of the original players from the WNBA and debuted with the New York Liberty. She continued playing with the team before moving to the Houston Comets and retiring the following year.

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She has since become a reporter and color analyst for ESPN, mostly focusing on WNBA and women’s college basketball games.

Billy Packer – CBS

Salary: $500,000 per year

Retired basketball analyst, Billy Packer, spent over 30 years as a college basketball color analyst. He has been the subject of numerous controversies and was considered out of touch with the game by many fans.

 

His many controversies ranged from calling Hoya’s guar Allen Iverson a “tough monkey” to suggesting the Kansas Jayhawks rigged their games through poor lighting. The notorious broadcaster is also the author of “Hoops, Why We Win”, “The Golden Game” and a few others.

Joe Buck – Fox Sports

Salary: $6 million per year

Joe Buck comes from a lineage of sportscasters, with his dad being the legendary Jack Buck, who was one of the best known MLB announcers back in the ’50s. Joe’s career started at the end of the ’90s and bloomed from there as he became the youngest NFL announcer of all time at the early age of 25.

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Since then, Buck has announced over 40 World Series and All-Star games, making him the most active play-by-play announcer on TV. The sportscaster from Florida is married to ESPN reporter Michelle Beisner and has two beautiful twin boys.

Kevin Harlan – CBS, TNT

Salary: $400,000 per year

We all know Kevin Harlan as the full-time voice of Monday Night Football and for his Super Bowl commentary. Harlan is currently the play-by-play caller for CBS Sports of both NFL and NCAA Men’s Basketball tournaments.

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Harlan began his broadcasting career during high-school, calling play-by-play for their basketball, football, and ice-hockey games. Olivia Harlan, his daughter, is married to popular NBA player Sam Dekker and also works for ESPN as a sideline reporter.

Boomer Esiason – CBS

Salary: $1 million per year

Considered by many to be one of the most successful NFL players of all time, Norman Julius Esiason, also known as “Boomer” was a quarterback for numerous teams. He was 4 times Pro Bowl champion in 1988’s AFC Player of the Year.

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After retiring from his career with the NFL, Boomer became a part-time color analyst for USA Network while playing, and then transitioned into full-time broadcasting for ABC’s Monday Night Football.

Tiffany Cherry – Sky News Australia

Salary: $500,000 per year

The beautiful and inspirational Australian sports broadcaster Tiffany Cherry is best known as the AFL’s first female boundary ride on Fox Booty and the host of various Olympic Games including the 2010 winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

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She hosts the Sportswomen Australia weekly podcast and her aim is to inspire women and create an equal playing field in sports. Cherry also created and produced the first all-female sports radio show in Australia named “The Hen House”.

Dick Vitale – ESPN

Salary: $16 million per year

Richard John Vitale, also known as Dick Vitale, is the popular and intense college basketball ESPN broadcaster who’s known for his awesome catchphrases and passionate remarks. Before his career as a sportscaster began, Vitale was known to basketball fans all across the nation as a fantastic head coach for both high-school, college, and NBA teams.

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Vitale also released an autobiography in 2004 and has since written 9 books in total. He also claims to have received the Sports Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ryan Ruocco – ESPN

Salary: $2 million per year

The ESPN, Yes Network, and DAZN Emmy award-winning sportscaster, Ryan Ruocco is a relatively new figure in the sports arena. His career began in 2006 as lead play-by-play broadcaster for the YES Network and he has since managed to accrue 6 Emmy Award nominations and a Marty Glickman Award in 2018.

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The young sportscaster seems to have a long career ahead of him and is already considered a rising star by the various sports networks. In a recent interview, Ruocco described his career as a “dream come true.”

 Mike Fratello – NBA TV, TNT

Salary: $300,000 per year

Former NBA basketball coach Mike Fratello, also known as “The Czar”, is currently known as a studio analyst for NBA TV and often appears on TNT as a commentator. This puts Fratello in the top 20 NBA all-time regular sessions wins list.

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In his personal life, Fratello is involved with various charities including his “Friends of Fratello Foundation”. He is also a member of the Orthopedic Council at the Cleveland Clinic.

Chuck Harmon – MLB

Salary: $1 million per year

Chuck Harmon, who set the path as the first African-American Reds player, was playing baseball way before many of us were even born between 1954 and 1957. He was trained to be an athlete by Indiana Hall of Fame basketball player Franklin Wonder Five and went on to win 2 championships in 1941 and again in 1942.

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After retiring from the Navy, he began his professional career with the NBA and quickly moved up to play professional baseball. The legendary player played a total of 289 games and was inducted into the University of Toledo Athletic Hall of Fame.

Michael Kay – YES, ESPN Xtra

Salary: $3 million a year

Michael Kay has spent the last 2.5 decades covering play-by-play sports games and currently holds multiple Emmys for his outstanding coverage of various games. The broadcaster began his reporting career in high-school and began his career in sports in 1982 by working for the New York Post as a general sports writer.

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In 2002, he began hosting his show, The Michael Kay Show on YES Network and Sirius XM Radio channel 202, in which he talks about a variety of topics related to current sports and popular culture.

Linda Cohn – ESPN

Salary: $3 million per year

ESPN SportsCenter anchor, Linda Cohn, is one of the 25 most influential women in sports. Her love for sports started at a very young age, as she would watch games on TV with her father. Cohn started playing hockey in high school and continued throughout her entire high school term.

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Her first job as a sports anchor started as the WALK-AM radio station anchor and continued working radio until she was hired by ABC, making her the network’s first full-time U.S. female sportscaster on national radio.

Brad Nessler – CBS

Salary: $1.5 million per year.

You can catch Brad Nessler’s commentating whenever you watch college football or a college basketball game on CBS Sports. He began his career broadcasting for radio stations on Georgia Tech basketball on WGST-AM from age 24 until he was 28.

 

The sportscaster also appears annually in the NCAA Football video-game series made by EA Sport. He also landed 2 small roles in film. He played the role of an NFL announcer in the first and as a reporter.

 Paul Maguire – HDNet

Salary: $300,000 per year.

Former Los Angeles Chargers and Buffalo Bills linebacker Paul Leo Maguire is almost 80 years old and still kicking. At the time of his peak in the mid-’60s, Maguire went on to break many AFL records in punts and punt yards and has since changed careers and become the popular color commentator for ESPN and NBC. T

 

He has played a total of 151 games throughout his professional career. Maguire was inducted into the Youngstown Sports Hall of Fame and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

Bill Simmons –  HBO

Salary: $24 million per year.

Arguably one of the most successful and accomplished American sportswriters and analysts in the world, Bill Simmons is a true favorite of the crowds. He was named the 12th most influential person in online sports by the Sports Business Journal in 2007, making him the highest-rated person on that list to not hold an executive position.

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Simmons released his first New York Times best-selling book in 2007 titled “Now I Can Die in Peace.” He then went on to release another bestseller in 2008 called “The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy.”

Clark Kellogg – CBS

Salary: $400,000 per year.

The CBS college basketball analyst and our favorite NBA2K video-game announcer, Clark Kellogg, was named Mr. Ohio Basketball in 1979 and had a short but accomplished NBA career as power forward of the Indiana Pacers. He began broadcasting with ESPN in 1990 and joined CBS 3 years later.

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Kellogg is undoubtedly one of the more insightful and loved college basketball analysts in the United States, mostly due to his kind and loving nature. Kellogg was awarded the Coach Wooden “Keys to Life” award in 2003.

Fran Charles – MLB Network

Salary: $1.2 million per year.

You can’t watch an MLB Network game without watching popular studio host Fran Charles. The popular broadcaster made his debut in the MLB network as the host of the 2013 World Basketball Classic and was also the host of NFL Network and the HBO sports series Boxing After Dark.

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Charles has commentated on almost every sport, from boxing to basketball and football, and even got a role as feature host in EA Sports’ Madden NFL 2010.

Thom Brennaman – Fox

Salary: $2 million per year

Thom Brennaman is the son of legendary radio sportscaster Franchester Martin Brennaman and currently works with Fox as their MLB & NFL Play-by-Play Announcer.

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He called MLB games on Fox from 1996 to 2014 for a total of 31 seasons and has also been the voice of the Cincinnati Reds for the past 13 seasons. Brennaman is currently 56 years old and is married with 2 kids.

Colin Cowherd – Fox

Salary: $6 million per year.

As host of “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” with over 780,000 YouTube subscribers, the popular broadcaster definitely knew how to use his family name to great use.

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Cowherd has been nominated as Sports Illustrated’s 2005 Radio Personality of the Year and has also been voted 5 times as Nevada’s Sportscaster of the Year.

Jim Rome – CBS

Salary: $30 million per year.

As one of the most influential and listened-to talk radio show hosts in the United States, Jim Rome has built a substantial following and currently hosts The Jim Rome Show. Before going out on his own, the radio host started his career in a college radio station as a sports director and went on to work for ESPN2, FX, and Fox Sports Net.

 

Rome was involved in various controversies due to his outspoken and very expressive nature. A few years ago he sent out an offensive tweet calling marching bands “dorks running around with their instruments.”

Ian Eagle – CBS, TNT, YES

Salary: $1 million per year.

Known by many as “Bird,” Ian Eagle is an award-winning broadcaster from Essex Fells, New Jersey with over 2.5 decades of sportscasting. He has called NFL, NBA, and various other games on almost all major networks.

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Eagle was the play-by-play voice of the Orangemen for football, basketball, and lacrosse and was awarded the Bob Costas Award for Outstanding Sportscasting. He lives in Essex Fells, N.J., with his wife, Alisa, and two children.

Harold Lederman – HBO

Salary: $14.9 million per year

Although boxing did not begin with the same lucrative attraction as other nation-wide favorite sports such as football, basketball, and baseball, Harold Lederman was there right from the ’60s. Lederman was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2016 for his long list of contributions and dedication to the sport.

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As a boxing judge, Lederman continued as a commentator with HBO until the network eventually dropped boxing in 2018. It may be just a coincidence that he sadly passed away merely 6 months after finishing his role as a boxing commentator.

Kirk Herbstreit – ESPN

Salary: $4 million per year

Kirk Herbstreit started his career playing football as a quarterback for the Elks and was quickly awarded the “Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year” title as a senior.

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He was ranked by Sporting News magazine as one of the “Most Powerful Media personalities in Sports” in 2003.

Lisa Guerrero – Inside Edition

Salary: $7 million per year.

The famous and talented sportscaster from Chicago made her name as a Fox Sports host and journalist. Her exciting career in entertainment began after her father enrolled her in theater lessons when she was just 8 years old.

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Guerrero worked hard and managed to build a path for herself, leading her to an exciting career that includes sportscasting, hosting, modeling, writing, and even acting.

Teddy Atlas – ESPN

Salary: $2 million per year.

You may not have heard of the name Teddy Atlas, but you would probably recognize him by his distinct facial scar. However, if you don’t, and you’re a boxing fan – this is one person you want to know.

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Atlas then changed his focus to training boxers rather than participating, and got a chance to help train Mike Tyson, Michael Moorer, Barry McGuigan, and even Timothy Bradley. Atlas also worked as a commentator in various networks including ESPN. In 2005, Atlas was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame.

Stephen A. Smith – ESPN

Salary: $10 million per year.

Stephen A. Smith is a commentator on ESPN’s daily American sports talk show First Take along with Max Kellerman and Milly Qerim. The commentator, host, journalist, and actor also appears often as an NBA analyst in both SportsCenter and NBA Countdown. The sportscaster officially began his media career as a writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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You can catch his appearance in the 2007 film “I Think I Love My Wife” starring and directed by Chris Rock.

Jonathan Coachman – WWE

Salary: $500,000 per year.

WWE pre-show host Jonathan Coachman, also known as “The Coach”, has been interviewing, presenting, and commentating on WWE matches since 1999. Outside of WWE, coachman devoted almost a decade to work with ESPN, presenting highlights of the WWE’s best moments and interviewing the WWE stars on SportsCenter.

 

Coachman has decided to pay it forward and helps Saint Luke’s Foundation raise money for supporting, researching, and educating communities on health-related issues.

Jim Ross – AEW

Salary: $1 million per year.

Jim Ross, the man who seems to never age, has been commentating on WWE and other wrestling network matches for the last 45 years. Ross received recognition for his years of work with the WWE when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.

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JR also provided his voice for many of the annual WWE video-games and wrote 2 books about wrestling, which have become New York Times Best-Sellers. Fun fact: Ross has a strong affinity with BBQ and created his very own brand of barbecue sauce.

Jerry Glanville – HBO, CBS, Fox

Salary: $170,000 per year.

The famous veteran head coach Jerry Glanville just can’t quit football. He’s best known for wearing black attire to games, leaving tickets at will-call for Elvis Presley, and driving replica cars of those driven by James Dean. He is one of the most iconic and expressive coaches and to this day.

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Based on his never-ending smile and playful expression it seems that Glanville is one of those unique and inspiring individuals that found a true calling for their lives.

Thierry Henry – FRANCE 24

Salary: $5 million per year.

As one of the best soccer strikers of all time, Thierry Henry, the French Arsenal player quickly became a highly decorated and successful player and transitioned from there to coaching and managing soccer teams. The soccer prodigy showed great potential from a young age and was quickly scouted after winning 6 out of 6 goals in a 6-0 game.

 

He went on to play with Arsenal, Barcelona, and the New York Red Bulls, scoring a total of 284 goals in his career.  After retiring in 2012, the award-winning footballer began coaching Arsenal’s youth teams in 2015 and Belgium in 2016

 Troy Aikman – Fox

Salary: $1 million per year.

Three-time Super Bowl champion and Fox sportscaster Troy Aikman was the darling of the Dallas Cowboys and ended up playing for 12 consecutive seasons for the team, more than any other Cowboy quarterback.

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Post his retirement as NFL player, Aikman joined Fox as a color commentator in 2001 and was soon promoted to the network’s lead announcing crew. The Fox announcer broadcasted five Super Bowl games to date.

 Marv Albert – TNT

Salary: $2 million per year.

Kenny Albert’s father, Marv Albert, is an honored American sportscaster whose contributions to sports led to him being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Often nicknamed “the voice of basketball”, the popular sportscaster enjoyed a long career that just seems to have started slowing down now that he’s almost in his 80s.

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Albert has done voiceover commentary in the NBA Live video games made by EA Sports for 6 years. Albert was forced to leave NBC after 20 years but he was brought back just 2 years later and has since worked with various other sports outlets.

Bill Raftery – CBS

Salary: $2 million per year.

Bill Joseph Raftery is an award-winning NBA analyst and former head coach at Fairleigh Dickinson and Seton Hall Universities. With a total of 154 wins as a coach, Raftery gained much experience which he still uses to this day when analyzing NBA games for CBS sports.

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Raftery is well-known for his many unique commentary phrases during play-by-plays, with “Onions!” being his most recognized quote. He’s also the president of an event and marketing firm which sustains 5 employees and allegedly earns 6 to 7 figures a year.

Gus Johnson – Fox Sports

Salary: $500,000 per year.

Gus Cornelius Johnson is a play-by-play sportscaster for Fox Sports and is well known for his wild and passionate calls. You can easily say that his broadcasting style is more than just unique and fans love the energy he brings to the games he’s commentating on.

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In fact, Johnson’s calls have been so exaggerated at times that Complex.com hosted an article listing his 25 most over-the-top calls, most notably and at the first place, was his call “He’s getting away from the cops speeds!”

Jason Dasey – CNN, BBC, ESPN

Salary: $1 million per year.

Australian broadcaster, journalist, and editor Jason Dasey has worked with BBC, CNN, ESPN, Disney, and Money FM. Dasey also conducts workshops in Asia for presenters and journalists who want to improve at their craft.

 

Dasey has hosted numerous events for both business, culture, and sports. During his time with ESPN, he hosted the popular 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2017 UEFA Championship League Final.

Sean McDonough – ESPN

Salary: $80,000 per year.

As one of TV’s most diverse broadcasters, Sean McDonough is known as a main play-by-play announcer for ESPN’s basketball games. McDonough joined ESPN in 1989 and has worked with CBS Sports since 1990. In 2014, he was chosen to enter the Hall of Fame for WAER.

 

Fans were glad to hear that McDonough became ESPN’s lead play-by-play announcer for Monday Night Football, but the broadcaster was let go just 2 years later and returned to classic announcing.

Steve Levy – ESPN

Salary: $700,000 per year.

Steve Levy is a very familiar face for ESPN’s SportsCenter weekly show which is watched by over 3 million people. The famous announcer covers everything from Hockey to MLB Baseball. He started his broadcasting journey working in the college radio and for local TV stations and newspapers in his hometown of Bellemore, New York.

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In a recent interview, the sportscaster recommends young people to take every opportunity they get in their chosen field and put aside your ego, or else someone else will take it (the opportunity).

Harold Reynolds – MLB Network

Salary: $7 million per year.

Harold Craig Reynolds’s captivating smile helped propel him straight from the Major League Basketball field into the sports analyst career for the MLB Network and Fox Sports.

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He was awarded the annual Roberto Clemente Award for his contributions to the community as an MLB player, and also inducted into the Canada College Hall of Fame in 2013.

Michael Strahan – Good Morning America

Salary: $17 million per year.

Michael Strahan, the NFL defensive player who spent his entire career with the New York Giants, has led a very distinguished football career before retiring in 2007 and turning into a football analyst on Fox NFL Sunday.

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Strahan’s NFL career is full of awards and honors, from breaking the records for most sacks in a season while playing the NFL, to being elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but his great list of accomplishments doesn’t end there.

Patrick Cash – BBC

Salary: $1 million per year.

Australian tennis player Patrick Hart Cash, also known simply as Pat Cash, is considered one of the best tennis players of all time and was inducted into Sport Australia’s Hall of Fame in 2015. His monumental victory in 1987 at the Wimbledon championship propelled him to fame and legendary status.

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Since retiring, he mostly hosts CNN’s Open Court show which primarily focuses on tennis, and also sportscasts as a TV color commentator for the BBC.

Jim Durham – ESPN

Salary: $200,000 per year.

The Chicago Bulls had employed many announcers over the years, but Jim Durham is arguably their best. The talented announcer who spent over 32 years calling various NBA games has recently passed away at the age of 65.

 

Durham began calling NBA games on ESPN Radio in 1996 and was referred to by Michael Jordan as “The voice of champions”. Durham won the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year award in 1979, 1989, and 1990, and also managed to grab 2 Chicago Emmy Awards.

Michael Cole – WWE

Salary: $500,000 per year.

Sean Michael Coulthard, whom you’d probably recognize better by his stage name, Michael Cole, is a WWE play-by-play commentator on Smackdown. The broadcaster’s original career began as a media journalist for CBS radio.

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Cole transitioned from journalism to broadcasting in 1997 when he began working for the WWF under the stage name “Michael Cole”, and provided voice-overs for advertisement videos.

Verne Lundquist – CBS

Salary: $1.5 million per year.

American sportscaster Verne Lundquist is known for his long career of over 50 years as a play-by-play commentator. The legendary sportscaster played himself during a scene in the 1996 Adam Sandler film “Happy Gilmore”. Lundquist was inducted in 2005 into the Sun Bowl Hall of Fame for being a staple in the broadcast booth.

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He began his broadcasting career in 1967 and was praised from the beginning for his “golden voice”. He has since worked with ABC, CBS, TNT, and other networks.

Tony Romo – CBS

Salary: $4 million per year.

Like many other retired NFL quarterbacks, Tony Romo led an incredible NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys that lasted 13 years from 2003 until 2016 and ended up in a career-ending injury. He broke many records including passing touchdowns, passing yards, most games with at least 300 passing yards, and games with three or more touchdown passes.

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The retired Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks agents claim he wants to become the highest-paid NFL analyst on TV, and allegedly asked for a $10 million contract.

Bob Ley – ESPN

Salary: $2 million per year.

Long-running and beloved ESPN host Bob Ley has recently announced that he is officially retiring from sports commentary and hosting after nearly 40 years of work with the network. As a multiple-time Emmy Award winner and one of the network’s most recognizable voices, Ley was the longest working on-air employee in ESPN history.

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His various awards include the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Studio Host, the Golden Blazer of Fame, and more. The veteran sportscaster provided the first live national reports during the 1989 World Series earthquake in San Francisco.

Lisa Salters – ESPN

Salary: $2 million per year.

The feisty journalist and former women’s basketball player from Pennsylvania, Lisa Salters, is a highly accomplished woman who was recently conducted into the Montgomery County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Salters began her career in sports and journalism when she received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.

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The accomplished journalist went on to join ESPN as a general assignment reporter in the year 2000 and has had a very interesting career. Salters was nominated for a Sports Emmy Award in 2008 for her story “Ray of Hope” about organ donations.

Reggie Miller – TNT

Salary: $250,000 per year.

After 18-years in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Reginald Wayne Miller is widely considered to be the team’s greatest player of all time. Miller quickly rose to prominence through his excellent 3-pointers and in-ring trash talk.

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Nowadays Miller is a game analyst for TNT’s Thursday Night Doubleheaders, he also contributes to The Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio.

Mike Patrick – ESPN

Salary: $6.5 million per year.

Just last year, 36 year ESPN broadcasting veteran Mike Patrick officially retired from broadcasting. The 74-year-old had an extensive broadcasting career that spanned over many sports and events.

 

Patrick has contributed to the network by covering NFL games in their Sunday Night Football series for nearly 20 years. Outside of ESPN, the recently retired broadcaster did some play-by-play commentating for the Cleveland Browns pre-season football games.

Hannah Storm – ESPN

Salary: $130,000 per year.

Award-winning journalist, producer, director, and philanthropist, Hannah Storm, is best known as ESPN’s SportsCenter Face to Face Anchor. Storm joined ESPN in 2008 and has been there ever since. Her career officially began in 1989 as CNN Sports Tonight anchor and has been on the rise ever since.

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Near the end of 2012, the anchor suffered severe burns to her chest, hands, and face from a grill explosion that occurred at her home. After just a few weeks of hiatus, she returned to co-host the Rose Parade with bandages and has since made a full recovery.

Shannon Sharpe – ESPN

Salary: $5 million per year.

With over a million Instagram followers and 3 Super Bowl championships, the buff Shannon Sharpe could easily replace his current TV career with one in modeling. Sharpe is another case of a retired NFL player leveraging his exposure beyond TV and building a massive social media following.

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Sharpe retired in his prime while holding various NFL records, such as the most receptions, most receiving yards, and most receiving touchdowns. He was also the first-ever NFL player to collect over 10,000 receiving yards.

Suzy Kolber – ESPN

Salary: $3 million per year.

Suzy Kolber originally joined ESPN in 1993 and has been a mainstay there for the last 20+ years. Born in Philadelphia, the popular sideline reporter has a Bachelor of Arts degree in telecommunications and began her career with CBS Sports as a videotape coordinator.  She has since covered many different assignments with the network, her most popular gig so far is as the sideline reporter for ESPN’s Monday Night Football with Michele Tafoya.

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Kolber received nationwide attention during an incident that happened while she was covering a 2003 New York Jets game. Her career has been mostly free of drama and controversy.

Scott Van Pelt- ESPN

Salary: $1.5 million per year.

Scott Van Pelt, one of the nation’s favorite sportscasters on ESPN’s SportsCenter, has had a long career of almost 30 years in various broadcasting jobs. Van Pelt began his sportscasting career at WTTG-TV, then moved to work at the Golf Channel and hosted some of the network’s most popular shows between 1995 to 2000.

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Van Pelt has also appeared in a few films lately, most notably in Creed 2 as himself. He also owned his own show for a short time, called the “Scott Van Pelt Show”. However, ultimately he had to leave the show in 2009 to focus on his work with ESPN, and the show’s name was changed to SVP & Rosillo.

Tom Dungy – NBC

Salary: $10 million per year.

Anthony Dungy made history as head coach when his team, the Colts, beat the Chicago Bears and won the Super Bowl in 2006. Why did he make history? Because he was the first-ever black head coach to win the Super Bowl! Soon after, Dungy announced his retirement as coach of the Colts and went on to work as an analyst on NBC’s Football Night in America.

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Dungy claimed to have gotten more satisfaction from the success of the book than his Super Bowl wins, and has since written numerous books on the subject of improving your life and finding strength and significance.

Booger McFarland – ESPN

Salary: $7.9 million per year.

Anthony Darelle McFarland, also known as “Booger”, is a former American football defensive tackle with two Super Bowl rings, and also a football analyst since joining the SEC Network in 2014.

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His career highlights are obviously winning 2 Super Bowl championships, one in 2002 when playing with the Buccaneers and one in 2006 with the Colts. He was recently promoted to color analyst and it seems his broadcasting career is still just at its infancy.

Randy Cross – CBS

Salary: $1 million per year.

Recent College Football Hall of Famer Randy Cross is a three-time Pro Bowl and 3 time Super Bowl champion, with over 180 games played throughout his career. Cross was born in Brooklyn and went to college at UCLA, where he played college football.

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In 1976 the college player was drafted in the second round by the San Francisco 49ers and went on to play for 13 years. From there Cross went on to become a broadcaster from 1983 and served as an analyst in many NFL games over the years.

Mike Gorman – NBC

Salary: $500,000 per year.

With 5 Emmy Awards and a Hall of Fame induction under his belt, Mike Gorman is definitely what you mean when you talk about a successful play-by-play commentator. The veteran broadcaster has almost 4 decades of experience and was apparently a United States Navy aviator before starting his career in broadcasting.

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Since 1981, Gorman has been the voice of the Boston Celtics with Tom Heinsohn. During an interview in the Michael Holley Podcast, Gorman claims that he learned to never listen to his own broadcasting to avoid self-criticism.

Phil Simms – ESPN, CBS, NBC

Salary: $3 million per year.

The acclaimed, record-setting NFL quarterback turned sportscaster, Phil Simms, spent his 15-year career playing for the New York Giants and accomplishing many records, some of which have not been beaten to this day.

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After retiring, Simms became an NFL analyst on the CBS show NFL Today, as-well-as an analyst in “Inside the NFL”. The retired NFL player was inducted in 2011 into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Dottie Pepper – CBS

Salary: $6 million per year.

American pro golfer Dottie Pepper was an award-winning LGPA Tour golfer with an amazing career of 16 years that was sadly cut short, due to an injury. She was quickly picked up by NBC and The Golf Channel, who took her as a broadcaster for LGPA games.

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She currently works with ESPN and commentates on a limited basis, mostly for the bigger tournaments. The former LGPA player currently lives in New York with her third husband, who also covers golf news.

Al McCoy – WHO

Salary: $200,000 per year.

Al McCoy, also known as “The Voice of the Suns”, is literally the oldest NBA broadcaster of all time. For over 40 years, almost since the beginning of the NBA, Al McCoy has been calling various NBA games with memorable catchphrases such as “Shazam!” and “Zing go the strings”.

 

The veteran broadcaster recently published an autobiography called “The Real McCoy”. To his credit, in his entire 40+ years of broadcasting, he has only missed one game due to illness.

Joe Theismann – NFL Network

Salary: $1 million per year.

Joe Theismann is a businessman and former star quarterback of the Washington Redskins. He is currently an NFL analyst for ESPN and the NFL Network. Theismann retired from football after 14 years due to a career-ending compound leg fracture during a Monday Night Football game.

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Nowadays, the retired NFL player currently works for the NFL Network, is an owner of a restaurant and bar in Alexandria, Virginia, and even gives motivational speeches for corporations on topics such as leadership.

Rodney Harrison – NBC

Salary: $11.5 million per year.

Rodney Harrison is one of the commentators on our list that has a less-than-stellar reputation rather than a good one. Harrison also went on to receive numerous suspensions and fees that ended up accumulating to around $200,000 for various small and explicit fouls.

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Since his retirement, he became an analyst for NBC Sports’ Football Night in America. The end of his NFL career was caused by a severe leg injury that occurred when he tore a muscle on the field in 2008.

John Madden – CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC

Salary: $8 million per year.

John Madden, one of the key figures behind the NFL’s legacy, is just about the most recognizable name related to the NFL today. The former NFL player, coach, sportscaster, and entrepreneur was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and led the Oakland Raiders to win the 1976 Super Bowl.

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The series has been massively successful and had made him a personal profit through licensing his name to the game. Outside of the football scene, Madden has briefly appeared in various films and radio.

Mark Chapman – BBC

Salary: $1 million per year.

Mark Chapman is a British sportscaster from Rochdale, Lancashire who has been working for the BBC since 1996. Chapman is the presenter of BBC’s famous Match of the Day 2 and hosts The Monday Night Club radio show.

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Chapman is also a writer and has released two books about soccer. His first book was released in 2010, entitled “Heroes, Hairbands and Hissy Fits: Chappers’ History of Modern Football,” and his other book “The Love of the Game: The Agonies and Ecstasies of Parenting and Sport.”

Mike Emrick – NBC

Salary: $300,000 per year.

Known by many as “Doc”, Mike Emrick is one of the most recognizable voices in hockey and has participated in play-by-play announcing for some of the most important games in the sport’s history. With almost 4 decades of experience, Emrick is a highly awarded sportscaster and has received the NHL’s Lester Patrick Award in 2014.

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The NHL sportscaster also received 6 national Emmy Awards for excellence in sports broadcasting, with him being the only hockey commentator to have ever received one, much less six.

Whit Watson – The Golf Channel

Salary: $3.5 million per year.

Sportscaster Whit Watson joined the Golf Channel in mid-2010 and has been working as an anchor and host there ever since. Watson hosted many play-by-play commentaries for major events including the PGA Tour and LGPA Tour.

 

Watson’s career has been without any major scandal or drama and he was awarded 4 Emmys during his work for The Golf Channel. He had worked at ESPN for seven years prior to joining the Golf Channel.

Curt Menefee – Fox

Salary: $3 million per year.

NFL Sundays are one of the most important (if not the most important) shows on television for American football fans, and Curt Menefee who is the host of the show certainly is a big part of it. The 54-year-old American sportscaster is well-known for his positive and energetic commentary.

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Menefee has received many awards for his sports anchoring and reporting, from the Associated Press Award for Best Sports Reporter to four Katie Awards for Best Sportscast and Best Sports Special.

Ahmad Rashad – NBC, ABC

Salary: $500,000 per year.

Ahmad Rashad, the successful Emmy Award-winning sportscaster, and NFL wide receiver has managed to make the NFL’s roster of broadcasters much more diverse.

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After retiring from his NFL career which began in 1972 and ended in 1982, he started covering NFL, NBA, and MLB games for various studios such as NBC and ABC.

Jeff Van Gundy – ESPN

Salary: $16 million per year.

Jeffrey William Van Gundy is a color commentator for ESPN and former head coach of the New York Knicks and the Houston Rockets. Born in California, his basketball coaching career began in 1985 when he was just 23 and continues on to this day.

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Beyond the world of basketball, Van Gundy is also an executive board member of Pro-Vision Academy, a non-profit Houston-based charter school that helps 10 to 18-year-old kids with topics such as education and career training.

Dan Le Batard – ESPN

Salary: $3.5 million per year.

The host of “The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz”, Dan Le Batard is a unique sports broadcaster with a colorful self-deprecating sense of humor. The sportswriter, radio host, and reporter works from Miami, Florida, and also hosts the daily ESPN show “Highly Questionably”.

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The acclaimed sportscaster was revealed to use his platform as a member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to manipulate the Baseball Hall of Fame Votes, as-well-as being suspended for 2 days for mocking LeBron by taking out a billboard of his as a parody.

Billy Ray Brown – CBS

Salary: $2 million per year.

Old-school Golfing legend Billy Ray Brown is a true veteran of the sport and played from 1987 until the late ’90s. Brown is also a true Texan. He was born in Houston in 1963 and has had many accomplishments during his golf career including 3 PGA Tour victories.

 

Brown had to cut his golfing career short due to wrist injuries. After his retirement from competitive golf in 1999, he went on to report for ABC sports for 8 years before joining The Golf Channel.

Mike Francesa – Mike’s On: Francesa on the FAN

Salary: $3 million per year.

Popular talk show radio host Mike Francesa is the host of Mike and the Mad Dog radio show, one of the most famous and successful radio shows in America.

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The acclaimed radio host stated in 2016 that he plans to retire once his contract with WFAN expired, and signed off for the last time in December 2017 by thanking fans of the show.

Howie Long – Fox

Salary: $16 million per year.

Retired professional NFL player, actor, and sportscaster Howie Long spent his entire 13-season career with the Los Angeles Raiders. The almost 60-year-old former defense footballer was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

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Long has also appeared in various TV shows and commercials for many companies from Coca-Cola to Hanes and even Chevrolet. He also wrote a book called “Football For Dummies.”

Peter Gammons – ESPN

Salary: $250,000 per year.

Peter Gammons is one of the world’s leading veterans in baseball writing, with almost 50 years of experience writing for The Boston Globe, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN and THe Athletic.

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Gammons worked for ESPN from 1989 but ultimately quit the network 20 years later in order to free up his extremely demanding schedule to pursue other lifelong challenges. He currently works for the MLB Network as a TV analyst.

Brent Musburger – ESPN, ABC, CBS

Salary: $4 million per year.

In 2017, the ESPN broadcaster who was enjoyed for decades by millions of Americans decided to call it quits and retire from broadcasting. We are talking of course about none other than Brent Musburger. Some of you might remember that the accomplished veteran broadcaster was also the lead voice for CBS Sports back in the ’80s.

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Musburger was an absolute pioneer in his field and was truly the first network play-by-play announcer to change the norms of the time by expressing his opinions and predictions before and during matches.

Bill Maas – Fox Sports

Salary: $100,000 per year.

As a part-time popular NFL analyst, part-time real-estate broker, and generally an awesome dude, Bill Mass has been making the rounds over the years. Over-time he became acclaimed for his nose tackle and excellent pass rushing.

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Beyond his work in sports, Maas also did the right thing financially and chose to invest his income in real-estate and gradually build his portfolio. Maas is currently a real estate broker and invests in various rental properties.

Eleanor Oldroyd – BBC

Salary: $200,000 per year.

BBC Radio Back in the mid-’80s, Eleanor Oldroyd began her career as journalist and broadcaster in local radio by covering cricket, paving the way for female sportscasters at a time when there were virtually no women in that field.

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Oldroyd is a very big activist for women’s equality in sports and is proud of being one of the first female sports broadcasters. In a recent interview with “The Set Pieces”, she claims to feel very lucky to be in her position and to live at a time when women are much more accepted and taken seriously in sports.