This is not surprising.
No way they could have Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor both on the squad, someone was going to have to go.
The problem with getting rid of Rachel was that she was illegally recorded so that is a lawsuit waiting to happen, so they lowballed Maria and hoped she would leave which is what she is planning to do according to Front Office Sports.
The rising star could become the new host of “Football Night in America” as Mike Tirico transitions into the play-by-play long held by Al Michels. Taylor could work on NBC’s broadcasts of Notre Dame football. As an added lure, NBC could provide Taylor a global TV stage as an Olympic correspondent.
“The deal’s at the half-yard line. But that can still be a long way in contract negotiations,” said a source. The negotiations could still fall apart or ESPN could raise its offer.
Taylor, who’s currently hosting “NBA Countdown” during the NBA Finals, could also become a news correspondent on NBC’s “Today” morning show, following the trail blazed by former ESPN star Robin Roberts to ABC’s “Good Morning America.” If the deal is not exclusive to NBC, the former University of Georgia athlete could also join Amazon’s “Thursday Night Football” coverage, thus defraying contract costs for NBC.
ESPN had lowered their offer from $5 million to $2 million a year.
No word on what NBC is offering.
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