Maria Taylor reportedly receives latest mega proposal from ESPN as she weighs other offers
ESPN host and sideline reporter Maria Taylor is in the middle of spirited, and somewhat public, contract talks with ESPN amid an internal issue with executives and fellow NBA host Rachel Nichols following private and insensitive comments from Nichols about Taylor.
Taylor reported has received an offer of $3 million per year, the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand has reported. Taylor is most known to SEC and college football fans as a sideline reporter for college football games, especially the College Football Playoff and national championship. Taylor, 34, also hosts The Finals and “NBA Countdown,” The new deal would expand her role, though the specifics are unknown.
That would be a raise of roughly three times from Taylor’s $1 million current salary. Sources told Marchand that Taylor has interest from both NBC and Amazon, while CBS, Fox and TNT are not involved.
Taylor’s current contract expires in less than two weeks, on July 20, which is the date of a potential Game 6 of the NBA Finals. If a new agreement isn’t reached, it is unclear right now what ESPN and Taylor would do if the Suns-Bucks series extends.
During the pandemic, when salaries were beginning to be cut, top-paid talent was asked to take 15 percent pay cuts, and with layoffs on the horizon, ESPN offered Taylor a deal that would have eventually escalated to nearly $5 million in the final year. Taylor turned it down.