NBC Pursues ESPN's Maria Taylor For Tokyo Olympics Coverage

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NBC is reportedly interested in adding Maria Taylor to their broadcast team for the duration of the Tokyo Olympics. It is unclear what specific events Taylor would cover, but she would join a growing list of ESPN employees who are covering the Olympics if she chose to accept an offer. Thus far, current ESPN personality Monica McNutt and former ESPN personality Kara Lawson have already committed to assisting with basketball coverage. Given Taylor's current role with ESPN, it would make the most sense for her to cover men's or women's basketball games in Tokyo later this month.

Taylor primarily covers basketball and football for the self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports. Most notably, she hosts NBA Countdown, which serves as the pre-game and halftime show for 2021 NBA Finals. With that said, her contract is reportedly set to expire on July 20, which is two days before a potential Game 7 could take place. If her contract expires before an extension is finalized, NBA Countdown could be looking for a new host before the series ends.

If Taylor were to leave ESPN, Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports has reported that she could work at NBC in a full-time capacity. At the network, Taylor could work as the host of Football Night In America. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post also reported that Amazon would be interested in bringing in Taylor to help out with their Thursday Night Football coverage.

Taylor has not publicly commented on her contract negotiations with ESPN. She is set to join Jalen Rose, Jay Williams and Adam Wojnarowski for Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday.

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