Malika Andrews and Stephen A. Smith are two of the most well-known NBA personalities at ESPN.
Last week, Smith made headlines when he called himself underpaid despite reportedly making $12 million per year. Of that amount, $8 million is believed to be salary and $4 million purportedly comes from a production contract.
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“We are still Black in this country,” Smith said.
“We don’t trust this country in terms of meritocracy always. We know the bottom line is that, just like women are underpaid compared to male counterparts, Blacks are underpaid compared to white counterparts.
“I’m not talking about me, even though, I got news for you, I am underpaid compared to some people on television to what they get paid, but that’s a subject for another day. I ain’t apologizing for that to a d-mn soul. I am underpaid. Having said all of that, it ain’t about me.”
Naturally, this led many to wonder about Andrews’ salary compared to Smith’s.
According to The Sports Rush, Andrews’ salary is estimated to be in the high five-figure to low six-figure range.
“Andrews, despite being the face of a multitude of shows across ESPN, reportedly earns anywhere between $50,000 and $78,000 annually,” the report read.
“…Her net worth has also floated around the $100,000-200,000 range, depending on the source.”
Smith’s assessment that he is underpaid isn’t baseless. He is the face of ESPN. Other faces of networks like Sean Hannity, Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper do in fact command bigger paychecks than him.
But it’s also crazy that Andrews isn’t a top earner at the Worldwide Leader. She is quite the headline-maker in her own right.
And she is no less adept at making headlines for non-sports related reasons.
Andrews’ alleged relationship with an ESPN co-worker generated a lot of Twitter chatter.
It’s really no different from Smith recently making headlines for the rumors about him and a female ESPN co-worker.
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Both are stars. Both cover the NBA. Both are mainstays on TV. You would think that there wouldn’t be a massive gap between them financially.
And yet it appears as though there is.
In the coming years it will be interesting to see if Andrews’ profile within ESPN continues to grow. Because if it does, it’s going to be really hard for the powers that be to justify paying her so much less than Smith.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.