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Maria Taylor all smiles after controversial ESPN exit: ‘Dream come true’

Maria Taylor already has made the switch officially from covering the NBA Finals at ESPN to the Olympics for NBC. The 34-year-old reporter and host made her Summer Olympics debut Friday night from Tokyo, welcomed to the NBC Sports coverage team by anchor Mike Tirico mere days after her official departure from ESPN. Taylor and ESPN were able to agree on a contract extension.
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Maria Taylor joins NBC Sports after split with ESPN

Maria Taylor, a sports reporter who recently left ESPN after failing to reach a contract extension, is joining NBC Sports, the company announced Friday. Taylor's first assignment will be covering the Olympics, the network said. She was welcomed on air during NBC's Olympics coverage. Taylor left ESPN this week after...
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Maria Taylor speaks out after leaving ESPN, Rachel Nichols drama in the dust

Maria Taylor is moving on and happy with the opportunity that came her way following her controversial split with ESPN. Taylor joined NBC after her ESPN exit, and her first assignment was covering the Olympics in Tokyo. As she was welcomed by her new colleagues, the 34-year-old reporter couldn’t help but express her excitement to join a new team and even cover one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
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Maria Taylor heading to NBC for Olympics after ESPN drama

Maria Taylor and ESPN are divorcing — and she is headed to NBC and will cover the Olympics, The Post has learned. Taylor, 34, leaves ESPN just weeks after the existence of a year-old private recording of leaked comments was reported by the New York Times in which fellow NBA host/reporter Rachel Nichols alleged ESPN gave Taylor the Finals hosting job to make up for what Nichols described as the network’s “crappy longtime record on diversity.”
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Sports reporter Maria Taylor joins NBC after exiting ESPN

NBC has hired sports reporter Maria Taylor after her ESPN contract expired this week and negotiations failed, according to NBC Los Angeles. Why it matters: The journalist, who worked for ESPN since 2014, had been renegotiating her contract for serval months when the New York Times published leaked audio of basketball reporter Rachel Nichols suggesting Taylor, who is Black, had been promoted because ESPN was "feeling pressure" on diversity.
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Maria Taylor expected to finish NBA Finals with NBC possibly on deck

NBA Finals host Maria Taylor’s ESPN contract ends Tuesday, but the network hasn’t announced whether she will work Game 6 or a potential Game 7 on Thursday. However, sources claim that ESPN and Taylor have agreed to a mini-extension to allow her to work both games. ESPN declined comment. The...
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Maria Taylor Not Leaving ESPN Before End Of NBA Finals

There won’t be a mid-series switch for NBA Countdown after all. The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reports that Maria Taylor and ESPN have agreed to a “mini-extension,” allowing her to finish out the 2021 NBA season before deciding to stay with the company long term. ESPN did not offer...
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ESPN’s $3 million offer to Maria Taylor may not let her finish NBA Finals

After her private and insensitive comments were made public, ESPN’s Rachel Nichols was dropped from the sidelines to start the NBA Finals broadcast. Now it is unclear whether host Maria Taylor will finish the league’s marquee event. This is despite a lucrative contract offer. Though it isn’t “Stephen A Smith...
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ESPN's Rachel Nichols won't be NBA Finals sideline reporter after Maria Taylor comments

ESPN broadcaster Rachel Nichols will not be a sideline reporter for this year's NBA Finals, the network announced Tuesday. The finals between the Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks begin Tuesday night and will be broadcast by ESPN's sister network ABC. It had been expected that Nichols would return this year to work the sidelines as she did last year, but ESPN said in a statement that the role is instead going to reporter Malika Andrews.
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