Buster Olney Net Worth

January 28, 2024
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Boston, MA - August 18, 2013 - Fenway Park: Buster Onley prior to a regular season Sunday Night Baseball game (Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)

Robert Stanbury Olney III was born on 17 February 1964, in Washington, D.C., and as Buster Olney is a columnist, best known for working with “ESPN: The Magazine”, and “ESPN.com”. He’s covered professional teams such as the New York Yankees in baseball and the New York Giants in American Football for The New York Times, but all of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Buster Olney? As of mid-2017, sources estimate a net worth that is at $3 million, mostly earned through a successful career in journalism. He also serves as the regular analyst for “Baseball Tonight” at ESPN, and hosts the “Baseball Tonight” daily podcast, and as he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.


Buster Olney Net Worth $3 million


Buster grew up on a dairy farm, and attended Northfield Mount Hermon School. After matriculating, he attended Vanderbilt University where he studied history. He was an avid baseball fan since his youth, supporting the Los Angeles Dodgers. Eventually, his love for baseball would lead him to a career in journalism.

After graduation, Olney became a beat reporter for the Nashville Banner, covering the Triple-A Nashville Sounds in 1989. He formed a close relationship with Don Meyer, and would then work at the San Diego Union-Tribune. He also worked with the Baltimore Sun, before becoming a part of the New York Times in 1997, and during his first year winning an Associated Press award. He continued to work with the Times, and in 2004 he published “The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty”, an account of the Yankees’ run of championships in the 1990s. It also talked about their 2001 World Series loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, leading to a few seasons without championships.

Eventually, he left the Times and would then start working as part of the ESPN networks. All of these years of experience helped in building his net worth.

In 2010, Buster then wrote “How Lucky You Can Be: The Story of Coach Don Meyer”, about the highly accomplished basketball coach, including an account of how a car crash and cancer affected Meyer’s life – Olney would deliver a commencement speech at Northern State University which Don coached at until 2010. They remained good friends until Don’s death in 2014. All of these years of projects have had a hand in helping Olney’s net worth significantly.

For his personal life, it is known that Buster is married to Lisa and they reside in Yorktown Heights, New York. Early in his career, he had an altercation with Yankee prospect Deion Sanders who was well known for his football play. According to reports, Olney tried to do a piece on him but was blown off. He then wrote a bad piece which led to Sanders replying “Keep writing like that your whole life and you’ll always be a loser”. Buster also worked as “Cow Insider” for a piece on “Mike and Mike in the Morning” helping out Mike Greenberg. His background of growing up on a dairy farm helped in that regard.

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