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John McEnroe Made Way More Than Martina Navratilova For Wimbeldon Commentary—And She's Furious

John McEnroe Made Way More Than Martina Navratilova For Wimbeldon Commentary—And She's Furious
Updated 2 months ago

The wage gap is alive and well in 2018 and tennis superstar Martina Navratilova is not happy about it. The tennis icon might be able to beat John McEnroe, but her earnings for appearances at Wimbledon? Not winning.

She said in a BBC Panorama documentary that she earned less than her male counterpart. Ten times less, to be exact. 

It’s hard to really compare exactly because some people work a little longer days, maybe a few more programs or whatever. But overall, it was a shock because John McEnroe makes at least 150,000 pounds. I get about 15,000 pounds for Wimbledon. And unless John McEnroe’s doing a whole bunch of stuff outside of Wimbledon, he’s getting at least 10 times as much money than I am for very comparable work.

Navratilova covered the Grand Slam tournament and made several other appearances, while McEnroe made three times the number of appearances and was paid a lot more for them. BBC Sport responded and said that McEnroe's appearances and participation in the tournaments were of "a different scale, scope, and time commitment."

A BBC spokeswoman said:

Along with Sue Barker, John is regarded as the face of our Wimbledon coverage. He is a defining voice within the BBC’s coverage. He is widely considered to be the best expert/commentator in the sport, highly valued by our audiences and his contract means he cannot work for another UK broadcaster without our permission. His pay reflects all of this – gender isn’t a factor.

Like the spokeswoman pointed out, a lot of people don't think this has anything to do with gender. Rather, McEnroe has more experience and has had more time in the spotlight than she has, making him more marketable.

Some people are agreeing with this and claiming that he is paid a fair amount:

Still, some people aren't buying it and think it's an excuse to pay women less for the same job. 

“It makes me angry for the other women that I think go through this.” Navratilova said.