Maria Taylor reportedly nearing deal with ESPN rival
Maria Taylor is reportedly close to leaving ESPN.
According to Front Office Sports, Taylor is nearing a deal to leave ESPN for NBC Sports. The report states the Worldwide Leader still has a chance to keep Taylor:
“The deal’s at the half-yard line. But that can still be a long way in contract negotiations,” said an FOS source. The negotiations could still fall apart or ESPN could raise its offer.
Taylor’s current deal with ESPN reportedly ends on July 20. The former Georgia Bulldog athlete reportedly turned down an extension offer with a salary that “would eventually reach $5 million” last year. Taylor, who currently makes $1 million, turned it down reportedly seeking “Stephen A. Smith money.” Smith makes $12 million in total compensation when his personal salary of $8 million and production contract of $4 million are put together. ESPN’s latest offer to Taylor is reportedly $3 million. The latest report from Front Office Sports says Taylor is currently seeking $5 million or more.
If Taylor leaves for NBC Sports, FOS mentions that she could potentially be seen hosting the Sunday night NFL pregame show “Football Night in America,” covering Notre Dame games, contributing to Olympic coverage and appearing on the “Today” show.
Taylor was also in the headlines recently when comments made by ESPN colleague Rachel Nichols mentioning Taylor and diversity hires were leaked to The New York Times.