Some of ESPN's highest-paid employees are Jon Gruden, Stephen A. Smith, Scott Van Pelt, Chris Berman and Mike Tirico. John Gruden, the highest paid ESPN employee, makes $6.5 million annually. Gruden was the youngest NFL coach to win a Super Bowl.
Stephen A. Smith is a commentator on "ESPN First Take" and gets paid up to $3 million per year, which is more than some NFL players. Scott Van Pelt is the host of the late-night edition of "Sportscenter" and gets paid $4 million. Chris Berman and Mike Tirico each make more then $3 million each year as sports anchors on ESPN, as of 2015.