ESPN removing Rachel Nichols from the NBA Finals could mean history for another young broadcaster in the business.
Malika Andrews took over for Nichols after ESPN decided to bench her for the rest of the NBA Finals. The decision came after controversial comments Nichols made about fellow ESPNer Maria Taylor became public.
Now, Andrews, who is just 26 years old, can make broadcasting history. According to media insider Richard Deitsch, if the Milwaukee Bucks win Game 6 tonight, she will be the youngest sports broadcaster to host the NBA Finals Trophy ceremony.
Here’s the news from Deitsch.
A sports broadcasting note of interest:
If the Bucks win the NBA title tonight, Malika Andrews will become the youngest sports broadcaster to host the NBA Finals Trophy ceremony.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) July 20, 2021
He later clarified in the comments section of that tweet that Andrews will be the youngest broadcaster ever to host the Finals ceremony even if the series goes to seven games.
Andrews has been one of the fastest-rising NBA media members. After conducting sideline duties for several years, she’s ready for the big stage – which could come as soon as tonight.
Milwaukee hosts Phoenix in what could be the final game of the series. The Bucks hold a 3-2 lead in the series thanks to a dominant performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton in Game 5.
Game 6 tips off tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC.