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Maria Taylor Leaves ESPN Following Storm Over Colleague's Leaked Call

Host Maria Taylor and ESPN officially parted ways following the NBA Finals. The move comes weeks after a 2020 phone call between ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols and an advisor to LeBron James was leaked. On the call, Nichols suggested Taylor was promoted because ESPN was “feeling pressure” about racial diversity. Nichols was removed from NBA Finals coverage and an executive has promised ESPN will drill deeper into diversity and inclusion issues. NBC has reportedly been interested in hiring Taylor.

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    Maria Taylor, ESPN part ways after failure to agree to contract extension

    Maria Taylor, ESPN part ways after failure to agree to contract extension

    Maria Taylor's time at ESPN has officially come to an end. Taylor and the network officially parted ways on Wednesday, releasing a joint statement ending speculation that had run rampant for weeks. “Maria’s remarkable success speaks directly to her abilities and work ethic," Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, …

    ESPN Ousts Rachel Nichols from NBA Finals Duty after Leaked Maria Taylor Remark

    ESPN Ousts Rachel Nichols from NBA Finals Duty after Leaked Maria Taylor Remark

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    A recording of a 2020 telephone call between ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols and an advisor for LeBron James was obtained by "The New York Times." On the call, which Nichols did not know was being recorded, Nichols vented about colleague Maria Taylor being named the host of ESPN's "NBA Countdown" for the NBA Finals, suggesting Taylor got the job because ESPN was “feeling pressure” about racial diversity. Nichols apologized Monday and she was taken off of sideline duties for NBA Finals coverage.

    MLB's First All-Women Broadcast Team, Plus Will Maria Taylor Leave ESPN for NBC?

    MLB's First All-Women Broadcast Team, Plus Will Maria Taylor Leave ESPN for NBC?

    Next Tuesday's game between the Orioles and Rays will feature an all-women broadcast team for the first time in MLB history. Orioles radio broadcaster Melanie Newman will do the play-by-play and Sarah Langs will provide analysis. Alanna Rizzo will report in-game while Heidi Watney and Lauren Gardner will serve as studio hosts. In other broadcast industry news, NBC may make a big play for Maria Taylor, the host who was slighted by an ESPN colleague in a leaked tape.

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