Maria Taylor

Bristol, CT – August 17, 2018 – Photo Studio: Portrait of Maria Taylor (Photo by Joe Faraoni/ ESPN Images)

Maria Taylor’s contract situation has been a big storyline the past few weeks, with the Rachel Nichols revelations and a reported bid from NBC adding to the mix.

Today, we learned that despite Taylor’s contract being up before the end of the NBA Finals, she won’t be leaving before the series concludes. That had been a rumored possibility, which would have been a pretty stark departure, so it’s probably no surprise that Taylor and ESPN have worked out a deal to keep her through the end of the series. Richard Deitsch first reported the small extension:

Andrew Marchand confirmed the news:

This kind of issue isn’t unusual, especially in a year where the sports calendar is still recovering from pandemic-related cancellations. The NBA Finals would usually be over by now, and Taylor’s contract expiration wouldn’t have been an issue at all.

Considering this will most likely be Taylor’s final ESPN duties, it’s nice that both sides worked together to find a way for her to finish the Finals. It wouldn’t have been good for anyone had she either left or been told to leave with just a few days left in her marquee role. The NBA, too, would certainly not have been happy to have ESPN machinations continue to overshadow the actual series on the court, which could have had bigger ramifications for ESPN down the line.

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