Just two days after leaving ESPN, Maria Taylor has a new appearance: NBC’s new sports correspondent and presenter.
NBC officially announced Taylor’s hiring during prime time of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, the Taylor – reporting from Tokyo – appeared in.
“Olympic dream comes true,” wrote Taylor Twitter about her first NBC role.
– Maria Taylor (@MariaTaylor) July 24, 2021
In a leaked phone recording received from The New York Times , ESPN’s “The Jump” host Rachel Nichols, who is white, suggested that because of her race, Taylor was given the opportunity to host the 2020 NBA Finals pregame and postgame shows.
Nichols said in a July 2020 call with Adam Mendelsohn, advisor to Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, that Taylor, who Schwarz ist was selected for the position because ESPN executives felt they were under âpressureâ – the channel’s âcrappy long-term record of diversityâ.
After the Times released details of the call earlier this month, ESPN Chairman Jimmy Pitaro emphasized in a memo to the staff that Taylor was selected for the role, “Because she deserved it”.
Taylor, 34, reported during her eight-year tenure at ESPN through college football, the NFL Draft and the NBA. Her last appearance with the station was hosting the NBA finals, which ended on Tuesday.
NBC said in a statement that Taylor would cover the NFL after her Olympic debut – including hosting NBC’s “Football Night in America” ââand Super Bowls.
“Maria excelled in a variety of roles at marquee events and will be a strong addition to our team,” said NBC Sports Chairman Pete Bevacqua in Sports a statement. âWe always want to improve and Maria will make us even better. We are very happy that she is coming to us right away in Tokyo. â