Sports broadcasting is a lucrative business, and the top earners in the field can make millions of dollars per year. In 2023, the highest paid sports broadcaster is someone who ironically isn't even broadcasting yet. Tom Brady, who signed a 10-year, $375 million deal with Fox Sports to become their lead NFL analyst, tops our list despite rumors that he may not end up in the booth after all. Other top earners include Jim Rome, Tony Romo, Troy Aikman, Michael Strahan, Kirk Herbstreit, Joe Buck, Al Michaels, Stephen A. Smith, and Jim Nantz.
These sports media personalities earn their high salaries for a variety of reasons. They are typically well-known and respected figures in the sports world, and they have a proven track record of success. They are also responsible for calling some of the biggest sporting events in the world, which can be a high-pressure job.
In addition to their salaries, sports broadcasters also receive a variety of other benefits, such as travel expenses, housing allowances, and signing bonuses. They may also receive royalties from merchandise sales and other revenue streams. We talk often on this site about way to make money from sports, and this is certainly one of those careers that can pay you handsomely if you move up the ranks.
The top 10 highest paid sports broadcasters in 2023 are:
1. Tom Brady - $37.5 million (Pending start in 2024)
2. Jim Rome - $30 million
3. Tony Romo - $18 million
4. Troy Aikman - $18 million
5. Michael Strahan - $17 million
6. Kirk Herbstreit - $16.5 million
7. Joe Buck - $15 million
8. Al Michaels - $15 million
9. Stephen A. Smith - $12 million
10. Jim Nantz - $10.5 million
These broadcasters are all household names, but the first thing that struck me is that they're all men. There's no doubt that all of these guys are great at what they do, but I'm hopeful in future years of this list that some of the top female talent will be represented.
The Top 10 Highest Paid Sports Announcers
1. Tom Brady
Tom Brady is one of the most successful quarterbacks in NFL history, and he is now looking to make his mark in the broadcasting world. Brady signed a 10-year, $375 million contract with Fox Sports in 2022, and he is expected to begin his broadcasting career in the fall of 2024.
Brady has a lot of experience in front of the camera, as he has appeared on numerous television shows and commercials over the years. He is also a very articulate and intelligent speaker, which should make him a natural in the broadcasting booth.
Brady is not the first former athlete to make a successful transition to broadcasting. Other notable examples include Michael Jordan, Peyton Manning, and Tony Romo. All of these athletes were able to use their knowledge of the game and their charisma to connect with viewers and become successful broadcasters.
It remains to be seen whether Brady will be able to achieve the same level of success in broadcasting as he did in football. However, he has all of the tools necessary to be successful, and he is sure to be a popular figure among sports fans.
Here are some additional details about Tom Brady's next gig as a broadcaster:
*Brady will be Fox Sports' lead NFL analyst, and he will call games alongside Kevin Burkhardt.
*Brady will also contribute to Fox Sports' other NFL programming, such as NFL Sunday Countdown and The NFL Kickoff Show.
*Brady is the highest-paid sports broadcaster in history.
*Last, Brady just agreed to terms to be a minority owner of the Las Vegas Raiders. While this shouldn't affect his ability to broadcast for Fox, there have been some rumblings that Brady may never make it to the booth.
2. Jim Rome
Jim Rome is an American sports radio host who is known for his outspoken and controversial commentary. He began his career in radio in the early 1980s, and he quickly gained a following for his unique brand of sports talk.
In 1990, Rome launched his own radio show, The Jim Rome Show, which was syndicated nationally. The show quickly became one of the most popular sports talk shows in the country, and Rome became a household name.
Rome is known for his signature catchphrase, "Hey, Rome, what's up?", and his willingness to speak his mind. He is not afraid to criticize athletes, coaches, and other sports figures, and he has been known to get into heated arguments with callers.
Rome's show has been praised for its entertainment value, but it has also been criticized for its lack of substance. Some critics argue that Rome's show is more about entertainment than it is about sports, and that he often takes cheap shots at his guests.
Despite the criticism, Rome remains one of the most popular and successful sports talk show hosts in the country. He has won numerous awards for his work, and he has been inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
3. Tony Romo
Tony Romo is an American sportscaster who was formerly a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Eastern Illinois University and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Romo spent his entire 14-year NFL career with the Cowboys, and he led them to two NFC Divisional Round appearances. He retired from the NFL in 2017.
Romo began his broadcasting career in 2017, when he joined CBS Sports as a color commentator for NFL games. He quickly became one of the most popular and respected broadcasters in the NFL, and he is known for his insightful commentary and his uncanny ability to predict plays before they happen.
In 2020, Romo signed a 10-year, $180 million contract extension with CBS Sports, making him the highest-paid sportscaster in history (at that time). He is currently under contract with CBS Sports through the 2032 NFL season.
Here are some additional details about Romo's broadcasting career:
*Romo has been nominated twice for sports Emmy awards.
*Romo is known for his ability to connect with viewers and explain complex football concepts in a way that is easy to understand.
*Romo is also known for his sense of humor and his ability to make the broadcast booth fun and entertaining.
4. Troy Aikman
Troy Aikman is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 12 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2006).
After retiring from the NFL, Aikman began a career in broadcasting. He joined Fox Sports in 2001 as a color commentator for NFL games. He quickly became one of the most popular and respected broadcasters in the NFL. He is known for his insightful commentary and his ability to break down complex football plays in a way that is easy to understand. He has also called Super Bowls XXXIX, XLII, XLV, XLVIII, LI, and LIV.
Aikman has been nominated for multiple Emmy awards, along with sidekick and fellow top earner, Joe Buck.
5. Michael Strahan
Michael Strahan is a retired American football defensive end who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 15 seasons with the New York Giants. He is a two-time Super Bowl champion and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
After retiring from the NFL, Strahan began a career in broadcasting. He joined Fox Sports in 2012 as a co-host of the morning show "Good Morning America." He quickly became one of the most popular and respected broadcasters in the country. He is known for his charisma, the gap between his teeth, his sense of humor, and his ability to connect with viewers.
Strahan has also hosted a number of other television shows, including "The $100,000 Pyramid" and "Strahan, Sara, and Keke." He has also appeared in a number of films and television shows, including "The Game Plan" and "Live! with Kelly and Michael."
6. Kirk Herbstreit
Kirk Herbstreit is an American sportscaster who is currently a college football analyst for ESPN.
Herbstreit began his broadcasting career in 1995, when he was hired by ESPN as a college football sideline reporter. He quickly moved up the ranks, and in 1998, he became the network's lead college football analyst.
Herbstreit has been a part of some of the biggest moments in college football history, including the 2006 Rose Bowl, the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, and the 2014 National Championship Game. He is known for his ability to break down complex plays and explain them in a way that is easy to understand.
Herbstreit is also known for his sense of humor and his ability to connect with viewers. He is a popular figure among college football fans, and he is sure to continue to be a major part of the college football broadcasting landscape for years to come.
7. Joe Buck
Joe Buck is an American sportscaster who is currently the lead play-by-play announcer for Fox Sports. He is known for his smooth, understated style and his ability to call big games.
Buck began his broadcasting career in 1989, when he was hired by Fox Sports as a minor league baseball announcer. He quickly moved up the ranks, and in 1994, he became the network's lead play-by-play announcer for Major League Baseball.
Buck has called some of the biggest moments in sports history, including the 2004 and 2021 World Series, the 2000 and 2018 Super Bowls, and the 1996 Summer Olympics. He is known for his ability to keep his cool under pressure and his ability to call the action in a way that is both informative and entertaining. Buck has won numerous awards for his work as a broadcaster, including 7 Sports Emmy Awards.
8. Al Michaels
Alan Richard Michaels (born November 12, 1944) is an American sportscaster currently working as the play-by-play announcer for Thursday Night Football on Prime Video and in an emeritus role for NBC Sports. He has worked on network sports television since 1971, with his most recent work being with NBC Sports after nearly three decades (1976–2006) with ABC Sports. Michaels is known for his many years calling play-by-play of National Football League (NFL) games, including ABC Monday Night Football from 1986 to 2005 and NBC Sunday Night Football from 2006 to 2021.
Michaels began his broadcasting career in 1968 at radio station KFI in Los Angeles, California. He then moved to Hawaii in 1970 to work for KGU radio and television. In 1971, he was hired by NBC Sports as a play-by-play announcer for minor league baseball. He quickly moved up the ranks, and in 1976, he became the network's lead play-by-play announcer for Major League Baseball.
Michaels has called some of the biggest moments in sports history, including the 1980 Winter Olympics ("Miracle on Ice"), the 1986 World Series, the 2000 Super Bowl, and the 2016 Summer Olympics. He is known for his ability to keep his cool under pressure and his ability to call the action in a way that is both informative and entertaining. Michaels has also won numerous awards for his work as a broadcaster, including 6 Sports Emmy Awards.
9. Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith is a renowned sports commentator, television personality, and journalist who has made a significant impact in the world of sports media. Born on October 14, 1967, in New York City, Smith developed a passion for sports from a young age. He attended Winston-Salem State University, where he played basketball and pursued a degree in mass communications.
Smith's career took off when he began working as a journalist, covering various sports events and interviewing notable athletes. He showcased his talents as a writer for newspapers like The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Daily News, gaining recognition for his insightful sports commentary and engaging writing style.
In 2005, Smith joined ESPN as a commentator and analyst, which significantly elevated his profile and expanded his reach. He became a regular presence on ESPN's flagship show, "SportsCenter," where he shared his opinions, engaged in debates, and delivered passionate and often controversial commentary.
Smith's charismatic on-air personality and his ability to express his thoughts boldly and articulately propelled him to become one of the most recognizable faces in sports media. Known for his unique style and emphatic delivery, he quickly garnered a large following and became a sought-after figure for sports talk shows and panel discussions.
10. Jim Nantz
Jim Nantz is a well-known American sportscaster who has worked for CBS Sports since 1985. He is the lead play-by-play announcer for the NFL, NCAA Men's Final Four, and the Masters Tournament. Nantz is a three-time Emmy Award winner and was inducted into the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame in 2021.
Nantz was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1959. He attended the University of Houston, where he played college golf with future professionals, Fred Couples and Blaine McCallister. After graduating from college, Nantz began his broadcasting career at a local radio station in Houston.
In 1985, Nantz joined CBS Sports. He quickly became one of the network's most prominent broadcasters, working in college football and basketball, PGA golf, and the NFL. Nantz has called some of the biggest sporting events in history, including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, and the World Series. He is also known for his signature phrase, "Hello, friends."
Nantz is a respected member of the sports broadcasting community. He has been inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Nantz is also a member of the board of directors of the Alzheimer's Association.
John Willkom is the author of Amazon best-selling basketball books: Walk-On Warrior and No Fear In The Arena. John is an avid reader, sports fan, and father to two incredible little girls.
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