BREAKING: ESPN & Maria Taylor Couldn’t Reach Agreement On Contract Extension, Taylor Likely Headed For NBC
Maria Taylor is officially done with ESPN.
Maria Taylor and ESPN are divorcing and she is expected to end up with NBC and at the Olympics, according to The Post.
Her last assignment with the Worldwide Leader In Sports was Game 6 of the NBA Finals, as it was announced on Wednesday morning.
Taylor had become a household name after audio leaked out of fellow NBA host/reporter Rachel Nichols being upset ESPN gave Taylor the Finals hosting job to make up for what Nichols described as the network’s “crappy longtime record on diversity.”
The Post added that if a contract is completed, Taylor would immediately be put on the Olympics coverage that begin this Friday.
“If the NBC deal is finalized, she also could be waiting in the on-deck circle to become the host of “Football Night in America,” when Mike Tirico moves to the full-time “Sunday Night” Football play-by-play position in the fall of 2022. It is not fully set that Taylor will replace Tirico, but seems as if it could be a potential fit. Taylor could also have a role on Notre Dame football this season.”
ESPN tried to keep Taylor, offering a raise from $1 million to $5 million, and then finally to $3 million. She reportedly wanted ‘Stephen A. Smith’ money.