KEY POINTS

  • Ernie Johnson Jr. has more than 30 years of sportscasting experience
  • Johnson is a regular fixture in sports events, commentating for the NBA, MLB, PGA and more
  • He battled lymphoma in 2003

A regular fixture for “Inside the NBA,” Ernie Johnson Jr. is one of the most prominent faces in NBA sports programming, usually sharing the screen with former basketball stars Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. Establishing himself as one of the most renowned sportscasters in the NBA, here’s how much wealth he has accumulated throughout his illustrious career. 

Johnson may be best known for his work in basketball, but the 64-year-old also covers baseball, golf and soccer. With more than 30 years of sports broadcasting experience under his belt, Johnson has also covered a variety of notable sports events, including the 1990 FIFA World Cup and the 1992 Olympic Games for TNT.

Throughout his sports calling career, Johnson has managed to accumulate a net worth of $15 million, Celebrity Net Worth notes. His annual salary is estimated at $4 million. 

Before becoming a prominent sportscaster, Johnson first dabbled in news production. He worked as a news and sports director at WAGQ-FM in Athens, Georgia while taking up a journalism degree at the University of Georgia. He graduated summa cum laude in 1978.   

A year after graduation, Johnson worked as a news anchor at WMAZ-TV until 1981. He then moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina where he worked as a news reporter for WSPA-TV.  

He shortly moved to Atlanta in 1982, where he worked as a news reporter for WSB-TV. Eventually, Johnson was promoted to be the weekend sports anchor and reporter for the station. He then joined Turner Sports in 1989.

Johnson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2003. He underwent several chemotherapy sessions, resulting in him missing the British Open and the PGA Championships that year. 

In 2018, Johnson was diagnosed with blood clots. His ailment prevented him from flying, which made him miss the entire 2018 MLB season, USA Today reported.

Outside broadcasting, Johnson’s actively involved in Christian-based organizations such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action, according to Sportscasting.  

Johnson is a six-time Sports Emmy Award winner.

Ernie Johnson, Magic Johnson, and Charles Barkley Ernie Johnson, Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley Photo: Robert Occhialini/ Flickr