Top 10 Highest Paid Sports Broadcasters In 2023 (#1 Tom Brady $37.5m Per Year)
The Sports Daily have scoured the web and compiled a list of the top 10 highest paid sports broadcasters in 2023.
Without even commenting on his first official game, Tom Brady leads all broadcasters as the highest-paid announcer signing a 10-year deal with Fox Sports for $375 million dollars.
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Top 10 Highest-Paid Sports Broadcasters
10. Jim Nantz — 10.5 Million
Jim Nantz heads the coverage for major PGA tournaments including the Masters, the first major golf tournament of the year. Nantz is also the play-by-play commentator for the Men’s March Madness tournament every year, covering the first round through to the Final Four.
His salary with CBS has gone as $10.5 million according to his latest contract negotiation.
9. Stephen A. Smith — $12 Million
Stephen A. Smith may be known more as an entertainer than a sportscaster but he’s one of the highest-paid on-air employees at ESPN at $12 million per year.
Smith delivers controversial hot takes about the latest sports news as the host of ESPN’s First Take. He makes regular appearances as an NBA analyst on SportsCenter and ESPN.
8. Al Michaels — $15 Million
Al Michaels resume includes the “Miracle on Ice” in the 1980 Winter Olympics and many World Series. In 1986, he signed a 20-year deal to cover Monday Night Football for ABC until he left in 2006. He returned to NBC in 2007 to provide play-by-play commentary on Sunday Night Football for almost 14 years.
Now Michaels took a huge payday as he leads Amazon’s broadcast of Thursday Night Football. Michaels is expected to be paid $15 million annually.
7. Joe Buck — $15 Million
After 28 years at Fox Sports, Joe Buck followed Troy Aikman to ESPN for a huge payday. Buck signed a five-year, $75 million deal with ESPN to call Monday Night Football alongside broadcasting partner Aikman.
It’s a huge change for Buck after working with Fox Sports since 1994. He was the primary No.1 team’s play-by-play voice for NFL on Fox, along with the World Series. Buck also contributed to major golf tournaments like the PGA Championship
6. Kirk Herbstreit — $16 Million
Oe of the most recognizable broadcasters in college football, Kirk Herbstreit has been with ESPN since 1996 and has since become one of the most recognizable faces on the network’s college football coverage.
In 2022, Herbstreit finally had his opportunity with the NFL as the lead broadcaster of Thursday Night Football with Amazon. He is set to make an eight-figure salary on TNF with Amazon.
With multiple different contracts, Herbstreit is set to receive $16 million a year.
5. Michael Strahan —$17 Million
Michael Strahan is one of the NFL biggest broadcasting personalities. While he serves as an analyst on Fox NFL Sunday Night Football, he’s a part of many other broadcasts like ABC’s “Good Morning America”.
While most of his broadcasting salary stems from Good Morning America, he’s also a television host and actor. He has been featured as the host of ABC Pyramid and other game shows.
4. Troy Aikman —$18 Million
For the last 20 years, Troy Aikman has served as the color analyst for Fox Sports. But in 2021, the former Dallas Cowboy Quarterback joined ESPN for a 5-year $90 million contract as a lead analyst on Monday Night Football.
The legendary Pro Football Hall of Famer has announced six Super Bowls and will be a part of the 2026 broadcast, which will be the final year of his contract.
3. Tony Romo —$18 Million
In 2017, Tony Romo replaced Phil Simms on CBS’ top pairing with Jim Nantz. Right out of retirement, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback was a hit and quickly drew praise as an analyst.
Romo brought fresh new energy to the CBS booth by dazzling fans by predicting plays. He used his skills to negotiate a 10-year $180 million contract with CBS when ESPN tried to lure him away.
2. Jim Rome —$30 Million
Jim Rome began his career in 1990 at a college radio station. He slowly built one of the biggest sports radio followers with more than two million listeners. Rome is one of the highest-paid sports broadcasters with an annual salary of $30 million.
The Jim Rome show now airs on over 200 radio stations each weekday and is tied for the 21st most listened-to talk radio show in the US. Rome is also listed as the 29th most influential talk radio personality.
1. Tom Brady — $37.5 Million
Fox Sports isn’t waiting around prior to Tom Brady retiring, the network has already locked in on the legendary quarterback with a 10-year $375 million contract.
The contract won’t begin until Brady is finished playing but he will become a lead NFL analyst on-air. Brady will be earning $37.5 million a year as an analyst making him the highest-paid sports broadcaster in history.
from Max Barlow