Tennis legend John McEnroe earning big bucks for Wimbledon coverage American tennis great John McEnroe is being well looked after to commentate tennis for the BBC.
Tennis great John McEnroe is effectively earning NZ$350,000 from the BBC for two weeks’ work commentating tennis.
The yearly salaries of top BBC stars, including sports commentators and presenters, were revealed this week and according to Britain’s Daily Mail, American McEnroe gets about $350,000 for his two-week stint covering Wimbledon as a pundit and commentator on television and radio.
He sometimes covers the Aegon Championships at the Queen’s Club – a week-long second-tier tournament, but because he also works for United States broadcaster ESPN during Wimbledon, his appearances on BBC are limited.
Because the BBC’s tennis coverage was reduced outside the summer tournament, McEnroe hardly features the rest of the year.
According to the Daily Mail, McEnroe’s salary is comparable with many of the other BBC sports presenters.
Clare Balding, who hosts the Today at Wimbledon highlights programme as well as other sports shows, earns the same as McEnroe, who is a pundit on the show.
Lead Wimbledon presenter Sue Barker earns between $530,000 and $620,000, while fellow stars John Inverdale and Gabby Logan earn between $350,000 and $440,000.
The best-paid BBC sports presenter is football host Gary Lineker, who is the second-best paid on the BBC payroll on $3.2million, behind former Top Gear host Chris Evans.
Lineker is among 96 presenters and journalists paid more than the Prime Minister.
Match of the Day pundit and fellow former England striker Alan Shearer earns between $700,000 and $800,000 a year.
Among the other notable sporting names, Dan Walker, who works on Football Focus and fronted slots from the Rio Olympics, gets up to $440,000 a year.
Walker also co-hosts BBC Breakfast with Sally Nugent and Louise Minchin, who didn’t earn enough to break the $260,000 threshold.