Maria Taylor leaves ESPN after contract ends


ESPN sideline reporter Maria Taylor interviews Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils following the sport in opposition to the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina.

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ESPN introduced on Wednesday that Maria Taylor will go away the community, a call that comes after her colleague Rachel Nichols suggested Taylor got a hosting assignment because of her race.

ESPN mentioned in a press release Wednesday that Taylor’s final task was the NBA Finals telecast on Tuesday and her contract is now over. ESPN mentioned the 2 sides couldn’t agree on a brand new contract.

“Maria’s remarkable success speaks directly to her abilities and work ethic. There is no doubt we will miss Maria, but we remain determined to continue to build a deep and skilled talent roster that thoroughly reflects the athletes we cover and the fans we serve,” mentioned Jimmy Pitaro, the chairman of ESPN. “While she chose to pursue a new opportunity, we are proud of the work we’ve done together.”

Taylor, 34, possible landed a brand new job at NBC, according to the New York Post, and he or she is anticipated to a part of the community’s Olympics protection that begins on Friday.

Taylor might additionally probably grow to be the host of “Football Night in America,” a pre-game present on NBC, or have a task on Notre Dame soccer this season if the NBC contract is finalized, the Post reported.

“So thankful to Jimmy and all of my great teammates and friends at the SEC Network, ‘College GameDay’, Women’s and Men’s college basketball, and the ‘NBA Countdown’ family  — the people who believed in me, encouraged me, pushed me, and lifted me up,” Taylor mentioned within the assertion on Wednesday. “Words are inadequate to express my boundless appreciation, and I hope to make them proud.”

The announcement comes weeks after the New York Times revealed particulars of a July 2020 telephone name with Nichols and Adam Mendelsohn, the communications advisor to Los Angeles Lakers famous person LeBron James. 

The dialog was recorded in Nichols’ resort room in Florida with out her information and was fed into ESPN’s management room in Connecticut from her digital camera. Nichols complained to Mendelsohn about Taylor getting a job internet hosting ESPN’s pregame and postgame protection of the 2020 NBA Finals, alleging that the community was attempting to make up for its “crappy longtime record on diversity.” Nichols is white and Taylor is Black.

The recording started circulating inside ESPN shortly after the decision. Nichols was faraway from ESPN’s NBA playoffs protection earlier this month and her widespread NBA present, “The Jump,” didn’t air for at some point. 

Nichols has reportedly apologized on to Taylor however was rebuffed.

Disclosure: CNBC father or mother NBCUniversal owns NBC Sports and NBC Olympics. NBC Olympics is the U.S. broadcast rights holder to all Summer and Winter Games by means of 2032.

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