Top 10 Highest Paid Sports Commentators in the World 2016

In the world of sports there are few people whose jobs are as cherished as sports commentators. They are the ones who bring the world of sports and entertainment to our television sets, radios and other devices every day, and many of them are paid exceptionally well to do their jobs. The world of sports broadcasting has truly expanded, and as a result these people are being paid more than ever before. Not only that, but some of them have become just as popular as the athletes they cover. That’s considering commentators covering college and minor league games, all the way to big-time major league reporters.

Some of todays well-known broadcasters earned their stripes the hard way, working through journalism and communications degrees and building experience until they made it to the big leagues. Others are simply retired athletes who are a shoe-in for the job because of their popular status and knowledge of the game. A recent tidbit in a lengthy Sports Business Journal article on sports media shed light on the highest paid announcers in sports. Often, contract situations with announcers and other on-air personalities are kept tight-lipped. Remember the pure shock last year at the announcement that Gus Johnson was leaving CBS, None of the networks, nor the announcers comment on contract details, especially how much money is being dished out.

Top 10 Highest Paid Sports Commentators in the World 2016

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  • Total Yearly Income: $30 million

James Phillip “Jim” Rome is an American sports radio talk show host syndicated by CBS Sports Radio. Broadcasting from a studio near Los Angeles, California, Rome hosts The Jim Rome Show on radio. One of the biggest names in American sports commentry is Jim Rome who has made a total of $100 million net worth with his live radio shoes and many of his own TV sports show on channels like CBC Sports, Fox and Espn in the past. He is the voice of sports in american and get paid around $30 Million to provide live commentry and tv shows.

  • Born: October 14, 1964 (age 49), Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Height: 1.75 m
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Janet Rome (m. 1997)
  • TV shows: Jim Rome Is Burning, Talk2, The FX Sports Show, The Last Word
  • Children: Jake Rome, Logan Rome



  • Total Yearly Income: $5.5 million

Robert Quinlan “Bob” Costas is an American sportscaster, on the air for NBC Sports television since the early 1980s. He has been prime-time host of nine Olympic games.Another big name in sports and again from American sports is Bob Costas. Who has a net worth of around $30 Million which he reached with his live commentry in baseball plus many tv shows and different channels. He started his commentry career back in 1970 and considered a expert in baseball.

  • Born: March 22, 1952 (age 61), Queens, New York City, New York, United States
  • Height: 1.70 m
  • Education: Syracuse University
  • Spouse: Jill Sutton (m. 2004), Carole Krumenacher (m. 1983–2001)
  • Children: Taylor Costas, Keith Michael Kirby Costas



  • Total Yearly Income: $5 million

Daniel Patrick Pugh, professionally known as Dan Patrick, is an American Sports Emmy-winning sportscaster, radio personality, and actor from Mason, Ohio. One more name from American sports is Dan Patrick who has a net worth of around $25 Million and has been part of many successful sports TV shows none more than Sports Center of ESPN. He left ESPN and started his very own live radio sports show and he get paid around $5 Million year. He also appear on many tv shows as an expert on NFL matches.

  • Born: May 15, 1956 (age 57), Zanesville, Ohio, United States
  • Height: 1.90 m
  • Spouse: Susan Patrick
  • Education: University of Dayton, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Parents: Patricia Pugh, John Pugh



  • Total Yearly Income: $5 million

James William “Jim” Nantz, III is an American sportscaster who has worked on telecasts of the National Football League, National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I men’s basketball and the PGA Tour for CBS Sports since the 1990s. CBC Sports network’s very own Jim nants is another big name in sports coverage and he features in many CBC sports shows, also covers live match days in NFL and college football. He also covers golf on CBC with Masters event every year. His net worth is believed to be around $15 Million.

  • Born: May 17, 1959 (age 54), Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
  • Height: 1.91 m
  • Spouse: Courtney Richards (m. 2012), Ann-Lorraine Carlsen Nantz (m. 1983–2009)
  • Children: Caroline Nantz
  • Education: University of Houston, Marlboro High School
  • Parents: Doris Nantz, Jim Nantz Jr.



  • Total Yearly Income: $5 million

Joseph Francis “Joe” Buck is an American sportscaster and the son of legendary sportscaster Jack Buck. He has won numerous Sports Emmy Awards for his play-by-play work with Fox Sports.Part of the fox sports coverage of NFL and college football, Joe Buck is the son of famous Jack Buck. He has been part of Fox Sports for a while now and he earns around 5 a year through his contract with one of the biggest sports channels.

  • Born: April 25, 1969 (age 44), St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
  • Height: 1.85 m
  • Spouse: Ann Buck (m. 1993)
  • Education: Indiana University Bloomington
  • Parents: Carole Lintzenich, Jack Buck
  • Children: Trudy Buck, Natalie Buck



Total Yearly Income: $5 million

Alan Richard “Al” Michaels (born November 12, 1944) is an American television sportscaster. Now employed by NBC Sports after nearly three decades (1977–2006) with ABC Sports, he is perhaps best known for his many years of calling play-by-play of National Football League games, including nearly two decades with Monday Night Football. He is also known for famous calls in other sports, including the Miracle on Ice at the 1980 Winter Olympics and the earthquake-interrupted Game 3 of the 1989 World Series. Another very famous and perhaps the long running career in american sports commentry and Shows is AL michaels who has been in sports coverage since 1970? and is part of monday night football and covers winter olympics.

  • Born: November 12, 1944 (age 69), Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Linda Anne Stamaton (m. 1966)
  • Education: Arizona State University
  • Children: Jennifer Michaels Cohn, Steven Michaels



  • Total Yearly Income: $3 million

Christopher James “Chris” Berman (born May 10, 1955), also known by the nickname Boomer, is an American sportscaster. He anchors SportsCenter, Monday Night Countdown, Sunday NFL Countdown, U.S. Open golf, the Stanley Cup Finals, and other programming on ESPN and ABC Sports. Berman calls play-by-play of select Major League Baseball games for ESPN.

In 2012, he called play-by-play for the Monday Night Football game between the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders with color commentator Trent Dilfer and sideline reporter Rachel Nichols. Another big name from American sports, Berman is known for his catchphrases some of which became so famous. He earns around $3 Million a year with ESPN and he has been with them since 1979 and his total net worth is around $18 Million.

  • Born: May 10, 1955 (age 58), Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
  • Height: 1.95 m
  • Spouse: Kathy Berman (m. 1983)
  • Nicknames: Boomer, The Swami
  • Parents: James Keliner Berman, Peggy Shevell



  • Total Yearly Income: $3 million

Michael Todd “Mike” Tirico is an announcer for ESPN’s presentation of Monday Night Football,. In addition, Tirico calls a multitude of programming for ESPN/ABC, including college basketball, the NBA, golf and tennis. Tirico started his sports coverage career with ESPN and was reportedly around $1 Million a year with the network, now with his monday night football coverage his yearly income has got a boost and he earns $3 million a year with ESPN coverage of NFL matches on monday night footbal.

  • Born: December 13, 1966 (age 47), Whitestone, New York, United States
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Debbie Tirico
  • Education: Syracuse University
  • Parents: Donald Tirico, Maria Tirico
  • Nominations: Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-by-Play, more



  • Total Yearly Income: $1.6 million

Charles Wade Barkley is an American retired professional basketball player and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. A professional baskerball player back in 1992-93 now covers same sports as a host and expert for CBC and TNT and gets around $1.6 Million a year for his services.

  • Born: February 20, 1963 (age 51), Leeds, Alabama, United States
  • Height: 1.98 m
  • Spouse: Maureen Blumhardt (m. 1989)
  • Children: Christiana Barkley
  • Education: Leeds High School, Auburn University
  • Nicknames: Sir Charles, The Round Mound of Rebound



  • Total Yearly Income: $800,000

Donald Stewart Cherry is a Canadian ice hockey commentator for CBC Television and a retired professional hockey player and NHL coach. He has been a player in his younger days, than coached a few times both in America and Canada and now covers CBC Hockey night in canada. His commentry on hockey live matches is very popular and he seem to be aroun forever.

  • Born: February 5, 1934 (age 80), Kingston, Canada
  • Height: 1.80 m
  • Spouse: Luba Cherry (m. 1999), Rosemarie Cherry (m. 1957–1997)
  • Children: Tim Cherry, Cindy Cherry
  • Siblings: Dick Cherry

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