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NBC Taps Maria Taylor as Host of ‘Football Night in America’

Maria Taylor is the new host of NBC’s NFL pregame show Football Night in America. The broadcaster, who joined NBC Sports last summer, succeeds Mike Tirico, who was recently named the lead play-by-play announcer on Sunday Night Football. She had joined the program as a co-host last year. Football Night in America is one of […]

Maria Taylor Joins NBC Sports, Makes Debut During Olympics Opening Ceremony Coverage

Just a few days after leaving ESPN, Maria Taylor has found a new TV home. Taylor has joined NBC Sports, making her debut for the network during its primetime coverage of the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremonies. Taylor, who covered the NBA Finals earlier in the week, was in Tokyo for the Olympics by Friday. “It […]

Maria Taylor Leaving ESPN Amid Network Fallout Over Leaked Audio

Maria Taylor is on the move. The ESPN host and reporter, who has led the channel’s NBA pregame show NBA Countdown, is leaving the channel after the two sides were unable to come to terms on a new contract. “Maria’s remarkable success speaks directly to her abilities and work ethic,” said ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro […]

ESPN Chief Writes Memo to Staff On Diversity Efforts Amid “Complicated” Personnel Dispute

In a memo to staff, ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro addressed the steps the company has made “to improve the experiences of Black employees at ESPN” and discussed the controversy involving two of the company’s key on-air NBA talents, Maria Taylor and Rachel Nichols. “We respect and acknowledge there are a variety of feelings about what […]

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: “Unfortunate” That Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor Were “Pitted Against Each Other”

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has weighed in on the ESPN dustup involving two of the sports giant’s on-air NBA reporters and anchors, Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor. On Tuesday, ESPN said that Nichols would not be handling sideline reporting duties for the NBA Finals (instead the job would go to Malika Andrews) but that she […]

ESPN’s Malika Andrews to Replace Rachel Nichols for NBA Finals Coverage

ESPN says that Malika Andrews will be the sideline reporter for its coverage of the NBA Finals, which tip off tonight between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns. Andrews will be replacing Rachel Nichols, who has long been ESPN’s primary sideline reporter and was initially slated to serve in that role for this year’s […]

Rachel Nichols Apologizes After Leaked Audio Leads To Internal Rift at ESPN

ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols opened her daily program The Jump on Monday not with a preview of the upcoming NBA Finals, but with an apology. “So the first thing they teach in journalism school is don’t be the story. And I don’t plan to break that rule today or distract from a fantastic Finals,” Nichols […]