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After 7 years at ESPN, Maria Taylor makes her NBC Sports debut.

Maria Taylor, a broadcast host who formerly worked for ESPN for seven years, made her NBC Sports debut on Friday night during the Tokyo Olympics primetime show.
Taylor will not only host the Olympics, but she will also be a host and contributor for Football Night in America and Super Bowl coverage.
In a statement, NBC Sports chairman Pete Bevacqua stated, “Maria has thrived in a wide range of capacities at big events, and will be a great addition to our team.”
“We’re always looking for ways to improve, and Maria is going to help us do that.” She finished presenting the NBA Finals on Tuesday, the day her contract with ESPN apparently terminated, before joining NBC.
Taylor’s future at ESPN has recently made headlines after The New York Times published comments made by colleague broadcaster Rachel Nichols regarding her in July 2020.
After Taylor, who is Black, was assigned hosting duties for “NBA Countdown” during the NBA Finals, Nichols made the statements while apparently unaware that a camera was recording.
Taylor and her colleagues received a public apology from Nichols, and ESPN removed her from sideline coverage for the finals.
Taylor became a host and reporter for ESPN in 2014, covering college football, women’s basketball, and the NBA.
She was unable to negotiate an agreement with the network, according to a joint statement released by the two parties on Wednesday.
“Words are inadequate to describe my unbounded gratitude,” Taylor said in a statement at the time. “I aim to make them proud.”