No deal: ESPN, Maria Taylor to part ways after agreement can't be reached
One of ESPN’s rising stars will no longer be working for the network.
Wednesday morning, ESPN PR released a statement saying that the network and Maria Taylor will no longer be working together. An agreement was unable to be reached and Taylor’s final assignment at ESPN was the NBA Finals broadcast on Tuesday night.
“Maria’s remarkable success speaks directly to her abilities and work ethic,” said Jimmy Pitaro, chairman of ESPN and Sports Content. “There is no doubt we will miss Maria, but we remain determined to continue to build a deep and skilled talent roster that thoroughly reflects the athletes we cover and the fans we serve. While she chose to pursue a new opportunity, we are proud of the work we’ve done together.”
Taylor was a major part of the network, including ESPN’s coverage of college football.
“So thankful to Jimmy and all of my great teammates and friends at the SEC Network, College GameDay, Women’s and Men’s college basketball, and the NBA Countdown family — the people who believed in me, encouraged me, pushed me, and lifted me up,” Taylor said. “Words are inadequate to express my boundless appreciation, and I hope to make them proud.”
Taylor joined ESPN’s team in 2013.