Navratilova paid 10 times less than McEnroe for Wimbledon

Tennis aces The players on court in 1995. Mc Enroe made about 30 appearances for the BBC at Wimbledon last year compared with Miss Navratilova¿s ten appearances

There's an argument for paying him more.

"I get about £15,000 ($21,000) 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", she told the BBC's doc series Panorama in an episode entitled "Britain's Equal Pay Scandal" to be broadcast Monday.

That means McEnroe, who won the Wimbledon singles title three times in his career, was paid 10 times as much as Navratilova, who won the Wimbledon singles title nine times in her career.

Three-time Wimbledon singles champion McEnroe, 59, is among the Corporation's top-paid talent, earning between £150,000 and £199,999 a year.

"It's extremely unfair and it makes me very angry for the other women that go through this".

BBC's explanation isn't completely wrong.

"Along with Sue Barker, John is regarded as the face of our Wimbledon coverage".

"He is a defining voice within the BBC's coverage", the BBC said.

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It said McEnroe's pay reflected that he was considered the sport's best commentator and his contract stopped him working for another United Kingdom broadcaster without permission, adding: 'Gender isn't a factor'.

The BBC's gender pay gap issue has come under fresh scrutiny following claims over the wages of its sports presenters.

Panorama estimated that McEnroe, 59, who was crowned Wimbledon champion three times, appeared around 30 times for the BBC at Wimbledon previous year, compared to Navratilova's 10. The gender pay gap has been in the headlines since the salaries of top BBC talent were revealed.

Navratilova, 61, who is considered one of the finest women's tennis players of all time, said that the pay difference proved that male voices were still valued more highly than women's.

She claimed the BBC told her she was being paid similar to men doing a similar job. To quote Navratilova, "Ten times more?"

"I think the way to resolve it is to make those salaries public - be they being paid directly by the BBC or through a production company". Plus, it's a self-fulfilling prophecy. Sadly for the BBC, it is Navratilova who has the greater number of titles, suggesting either that she should be paid around £385,000 for her punditry services, or that McEnroe should take a pay cut and drop to around £5,800 for his.

Navratilova agrees that McEnroe is on air more than she is. But ...

"It's shocking, if really, this happens to me then, you know, for me it's a part-time job, it's two weeks of my life", Navratilova said. "If this happens to me, and for me it's a part-time job, it's two weeks of my life, but for the women that work there full-time, maybe the discrepancy's not that large, but it adds up over a lifetime, it adds up to an awesome amount of money", she continued.

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