By Harvey Hoffman
NBA and NFL analyst/host Maria Taylor is officially leaving ESPN.
According to an ESPN statement, Taylor and the network couldn’t come to an agreement on a contract extension. Her final assignment was Tuesday night’s coverage of Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Taylor, who also covers college basketball and college football for ESPN, didn’t announce where she’s going next. The New York Post reported that Taylor is close to signing a contract with NBC, and could be part of its Olympics coverage.
Taylor was recently at the center of a firestorm about race and gender that she had no hand in creating. Last year, after ESPN gave the 2020 NBA Finals hosting job to Taylor instead of her fellow NBA host and reporter Rachel Nichols, Nichols was caught on tape alleging that Taylor, who is Black, was given that job only because of ESPN’s “crappy longtime record on diversity.”