Maria Taylor could be leaving ESPN for a serious function at NBC Sports activities. Taylor — whose contract with ESPN expires throughout the NBA Finals — is reportedly nearing a take care of NBC Sports activities, based on Entrance Workplace Sports activities and the New York Put up.
The Put up’s Andrew Marchand reported Wednesday night time that NBC needs Taylor to hitch the community as quickly as July 23, simply in time for its Olympics protection. Her ESPN contract ends on July 20, which is Sport 6 of the NBA Finals.
It is unclear how a lot cash Taylor would make as a part of the deal, however ESPN was reportedly providing Taylor $3 million to remain, so the NBC Sports activities determine would probably high that.
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ESPN could have the precise to match an NBC supply, so it isn’t clear if Taylor would wish ESPN’s permission to work so rapidly for NBC. Contracts usually have matching rights, although they’re seldom used.
NBC Sports activities might have huge plans for Taylor if she takes their supply. Entrance Workplace Sports activities mentions Taylor might host “Soccer Night time in America” when Mike Tirico takes over play-by-play obligation for Al Michaels. Tirico presently hosts “Soccer Night time in America,” however is predicted to take over for Michaels as soon as his contract expires after the 2021 season.
Taylor has additionally labored on “School GameDay” at ESPN, and may very well be concerned with Notre Dame broadcasts at NBC Sports activities.
Taylor’s take care of NBC is not finalized but. It is presently “on the half-yard line,” a supply informed Entrance Workplace Sports activities. The supply famous, “That may nonetheless be a great distance in contract negotiations.”
Maria Taylor within the highlight at ESPN after Rachel Nichols fiasco
Taylor’s tenure at ESPN might finish on a unfavourable be aware after she was the topic of leaked ‘variety’ feedback from colleague Rachel Nichols. Throughout the dialog, Nichols implied ESPN solely wished to advance Taylor as a result of community’s poor monitor file with variety.
Quite a few staff at ESPN had been livid over Nichols’ feedback. Nichols apologized to Taylor throughout an episode of Nichols’ present “The Leap,” and was then changed because the NBA Finals sideline reporter by Malika Andrews.
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