Gary Lineker And Alan Shearer Amongst BBC's Top Earners
As a football society we've started becoming obsessed with just how much transfers cost and how much players earn on the back of those transfers. Now it seems we're interested in what our presenters earn.
Football is big business, tell us something we don't know right! Last year Watford were the lowest spenders on wages in the Premier League, giving their players 'just' £58 million with Manchester United at the other end splashing out £232 million.
Even football punditry is big business these days with the 'signings' of Thierry Henry and Gary Neville for Sky Sports in recent years almost given the full Jim White on transfer deadline day, there was definitely yellow ticker tape.
Henry's wages are pretty huge and he hasn't been universally liked as a pundit. Image: PA
Henry is reportedly on £4 million a year whilst Neville takes home £1.2 million, or at least that was the reported case back when the Frenchman first signed on.
Now the BBC's wages have been revealed today with the disparity between men and women's pay the big talking point. In the footballing sphere though the big news was Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer being in the top 10.
Match of the Day presenter Lineker is on £1.75 million- £1.79 million a year and is the Beeb's second top earner behind Chris Evans with pundit Shearer down in in ninth on £400,000 - £449,999 a year.
As cheap as crisps. I was trying to make a joke, I'm not sure it worked. Image: PA
Shearer came in with his fair share of criticism on Twitter as everyone decided to be outraged by how much BBC talent gets paid, half of them missing the point about gender disparity:
Alan Shearer... £400,000 - £449,999... for repeating what he's just been asked and saying what he sees one night a week...- Toxic Web (@Toxic_Web) July 19, 2017
Alan Shearer paid more than people with actual talent. More than all political editors. More than Strictly presenters. He's just a pundit.- ESCtips.com (@ESCtips_Gavster) July 19, 2017
That's an outrage , but sums up the BBC tona tee esp when you see what Alan shearer gets poss the most boring man on the planet :earth_americas:- scott bowie (@scottbsteel) July 19, 2017
Alan Shearer gets paid £450k a year by the BBC for providing football analysis once a week no more insightful than Roger at your local.- PGP (@phil_pgp) July 19, 2017
Alan Shearer gets £450k for sitting on a sofa once a week saying "That was a great goal Gary" #BBCpay- Moonraker (@CombeGibbet) July 19, 2017
Elsewhere in sport Sue Barker is the highest paid woman on £300,000 - £349,000, Gabby Logan is on £200,000 - £249,999, John Inverdale on £200,000 - £249,999, John McEnroe on £150,000 - £199,999 and Clare Balding on £150,000 - £199,999 a year.
BBC breakfast host Dan Walker came under criticism for being on £100k more than his co-host Louise Minchin but the Football Focus host revealed that it's because of his extra Saturday morning duties.
BBC exec should really know that we get exactly the same for BBC breakfast. I have another job on Football Focus https://t.co/zcTvaiocqX- Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) July 19, 2017
Sure BBC presenters get paid a lot but it's not that much compared to people working in their industry!