“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 said, via ESPN Press Room. “Words are inadequate to express my boundless appreciation, and I hope to make them proud.”
Though she’s only been a free agent for a few hours, one network is already being listed as the favorite to land Taylor.
According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Taylor is expected to end up with NBC. In fact, her first role with NBC could be at the Olympics in Tokyo.
NEWS: Maria Taylor & ESPN are divorcing with NBC likely to be next stop for her, The Post has learned.https://t.co/nqDkYjvvJz
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) July 21, 2021
NBC’s coverage of the Olympics begins this Friday, so the two sides must strike a deal very soon if they want Taylor covering the event.
Marchand added that Taylor could be on deck to become the host of Football Night in America for NBC. She would receive that role once Mike Tirico moves to the play-by-play position for Sunday Night Football in 2022.
Taylor, 34, showcased her versatility for several years at ESPN. It didn’t matter if she was covering college football or the NBA, she did a great job of getting the best out of her crew.
An update on Taylor’s broadcasting career should be available in the coming days.