Maria Taylor won’t final with ESPN via the tip of the 2021 NBA Finals.
The community host’s contract has been a subject of a lot dialogue, with the on-air favourite reportedly requesting Stephen A. Smith cash — within the neighborhood of $8 million — to stay with ESPN.
Reportedly, ESPN has a $3 million contract supply on the desk for Taylor, however that will not be sufficient to satiate her contract requests.
According to the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand, Taylor’s present contract expires July 20, which is the date of a possible Recreation 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals. Marchand says that it is unclear what ESPN and Taylor would do ought to the 2 sides not attain a brand new deal, leaving the chance that Taylor could not end her internet hosting duties for the community if the collection stretches to 6 or seven video games.
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Taylor, 34, wears many hats for ESPN, together with as a sideline reporter for the faculty soccer nationwide championship sport and now the NBA Finals after disparaging feedback have been made by fellow ESPN host Rachel Nichols.
Nichols misplaced her sideline reporter duties for the NBA Finals after the surfacing of the feedback, with Malika Andrews taking her place on the ABC broadcasts.
ESPN initially provided Taylor a elevate to round $5 million, per studies, however Taylor turned it down in hopes of upping her value to match Smith’s wage.
The Suns lead the Bucks 2-0, with Recreation 3 scheduled for Sunday, July 11.