What is Mike Greenberg’s Net Worth and Salary?
Mike Greenberg is an American sports anchor and radio host who has a net worth of $28 million. Mike Greenberg probably best known for being the former host of the weekday ESPN Radio and TV show, the Mike & Mike show which ran for 18 years until ending in 2017. He hosted with former NFL player Mike Golic. In 2018 he began hosting his on morning television show on ESPN called “Get Up”. In 2020 he also began hosting a radio show called “Greeny” on ESPN.
Mike Greenberg Salary
Mike’s annual salary at ESPN is $6.5 million. That made him the highest-paid personality in the history of ESPN for many years. Mike lost the highest-paid title in 2019 when Stephen A. Smith signed a contract extension that reportedly comes in at $8-10 million. Fellow ESPN personalities Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser earn around $6 million per year.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Michael Robinette Greenberg was born on August 6, 1967, in New York City. He graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and started working as a sports anchor and reporter in Chicago. From 1993 to 1995, he wrote a weekly syndicated column for the California-based Copley News Service, and during that time also started reporting for SportsChannel Chicago. In 1996, he left Chicago for ESPN and became one of the first hosts of ESPNNEWS for the broadcast’s inception. During this time, Greenberg met Mike Golic and the “Mike & Mike” show was born.
Mike & Mike
One of the most popular segments on “Mike & Mike” was the annual “Sheet of Integrity” wager, which was a bracket wager based on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The bet originated after Golic said he intended to enter a massive number of sheets into different pools to win the money from ESPN while Greenberg’s strategy involved picking with integrity, and he insisted that any entrant should only be required to enter their “Sheet of Integrity” once. The pair made a bet that involved the loser having to perform an embarrassing stunt on air; In the first year, Greenberg won and Golic had to have an eyebrow waxed live on the air. The tradition stuck and thousands of listeners tuned in every year to see who made the best picks.
Just before the end of Mike & Mike, there were rampant rumors and reports of a “poisonous atmosphere” and deterioration of the relationship between Greenberg and Golic. The two have both dismissed these claims, directing their anger toward co-workers who may have anonymously leaked private behind-the-scenes affairs. News of the split came out before Greenberg and Golic could personally announce their decision to their listeners, another thing that frustrated the duo. Mike Golic started a new radio journey with Trey Wingo called “Golic and Wingo,” but ESPN canceled the show in 2020.
In addition to his work on television and radio, Greenberg also released his first book in 2006 called “Why My Wife Thinks I’m An Idiot: The Life and Times of a Sportscaster Dad,” which ended up being 14th on the New York Times Bestseller list. In 2010, he and Golic released a book titled “Mike and Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life,” and in 2013, Greenberg released a third book, this time a novel called “All You Could Ask For.” In 2015, he released the novel “My Father’s Wives.”
Greenberg resides in Westport, Connecticut, with his wife, Stacy, their daughter, Nicole, and their son, Stephen. He is a die-hard New York Jets, Chicago Bulls, and New York Yankees fan.