Salary difference with McEnroe leaves Navratilova ‘shocked’

Martina Navratilova (left) and John McEnroe (right, former tennis stars and broadcast presenter of Wimbledon at BBC - InsideSport

Martina Navratilova was shocked to see that she was paid only 10% of what a John McEnroe would get for their roles as a broadcast presenter. The winner of 18 Grand Slam titles, Martina is paid a professional fee of around US$ 21,000 for appearing on BBC during the Wimbledon, while McEnroe has a lucrative $210,000 to $280,000 deal for a similar role.

Martina had shared her displeasure in the BCC television show Panorama.

Martina is reported by the BCC as telling the show Panorama show host Jane Corbin that McEnroe was paid at least “10 times more” than she was for their commentating roles at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

“It is shocking really. For me it is a part-time job, only two weeks of my life but for the women who work full time the discrepancy even if not much large adds up over a lifetime to an amazing amount of money,” Martina said, adding “So it is extremely unfair and it makes me angry for the other women who I think go through this.

“I was told that I was getting a comparable amount. So we were not told the truth for sure.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson from the BBC has been reported as clarifying that McEnroe had appeared 30 times for the BBC at Wimbledon last year, compared to 10 appearances for Navratilova. There were more differences in their roles.

“McEnroe cannot work for another UK broadcaster without the BBC’s permission, and Navratilova is paid per appearance and has no contractual commitment to the BBC. McEnroe worked on live matches, as well as filmed sequences, publicity work, and regular studio segments.

“John and Martina perform different roles in the team, and John’s role is of a different scale, scope and time commitment,” the spokesman had said. “They are simply not comparable.”