Two days after it was announced that she was parting ways with ESPN, the former presenter of the NBA Finals before the game and at halftime made her debut on NBC, covering the Olympics, no less.
NBC Olympics mainstay Mike Tirico introduced Taylor, whom he called a new member of “our NBC Sports and NBC Olympic family.” He then followed with “Maria, welcome to Tokyo and the team.” Taylor posted the moment on his personal Twitter account.
– Maria Taylor (@MariaTaylor) July 24, 2021
NBC announced the news on Friday, saying Taylor would host the Olympics and the NFL, including Soccer night in America and super bowls. – Taylor wants to work at major NBC Sports properties. In Tokyo, she will join Tirico as host of Prime Plus, and will also serve as a correspondent, according to the network.
“Maria has excelled in a wide range of roles at important events and will be a powerful addition to our team. We always seek to improve and Maria will make us better. We are very excited to have him join us immediately in Tokyo, ”said Pete Bevacqua, President of NBC Sports.
“Incredibly excited to have the opportunity to work with Pete, Molly, Sam, Fred and the entire NBC Sports family,” said Taylor. “Literally hosting the Olympics, Soccer night in America, and the Super Bowl is what I dreamed of when I started on television, and this would not be possible without standing on the shoulders of everyone who came before me and made this path possible. And I plan to pay for it. “
Taylor’s departure from ESPN came after confusion caused by a comment leak a year ago from Rachel Nichols, who also covers the NBA there. Nichols publicly apologized to Taylor, but the tumult created a difficult situation for the network just before the NBA Finals.