After weeks of speculation, we finally have a conclusion to the contract dispute between Maria Taylor and ESPN.
It turns out that Taylor and ESPN couldn’t reach an agreement on a contract extension. As a result, Taylor’s last assignment for the Worldwide Leader In Sports was as a host for Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
On Wednesday morning, Taylor released a statement on her time at ESPN. She seems very grateful for all the memories and looks forward to the next chapter of her career.
“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.”
ESPN & @MariaTaylor jointly announced today that after much discussion, an agreement on a contract extension could not be reached
As a result, her last assignment for ESPN was last night's NBA Finals telecast
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) July 21, 2021
ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro also commented on this situation.
“Maria’s remarkable success speaks directly to her abilities and work ethic,” Pitaro said. “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. While she chose to pursue a new opportunity, we are proud of the work we’ve done together.”
According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Taylor is expected to end up with NBC.
If a deal gets done soon, Taylor could be at the Olympics for NBC.