ESPN continues to struggle through trying to go woke.
The network is bleeding viewers and alienating fans.
And now ESPN just made a big change when this controversial host left the network.
ESPN and host and reporter Maria Taylor announced the two sides could not come to a contract extension and that Taylor would leave the network.
“Maria’s remarkable success speaks directly to her abilities and work ethic. There is no doubt we will miss Maria, but we remain determined to continue to build a deep and skilled talent roster that thoroughly reflects the athletes we cover and the fans we serve. While she chose to pursue a new opportunity, we are proud of the work we’ve done together,” ESPN Chairman Jimmy Pitaro’s statement read.
Taylor also tried to portray her leaving as all sunshine and rainbows.
“So thankful to Jimmy and all of my great teammates and friends at the SEC Network, College GameDay, Women’s and Men’s college basketball, and the NBA Countdown family — the people who believed in me, encouraged me, pushed me, and lifted me up. Words are inadequate to express my boundless appreciation, and I hope to make them proud,” Taylor added.
But Taylor played hardball until the end of her contract negotiations.
Critics contend it was Taylor that leaked the contents of a year-old recording to The New York Times about how fellow ESPN personality Rachel Nichols told one of LeBron James’ advisors that ESPN only gave Taylor the gig of hosting the 2020 NBA Finals – which Nichols was contractually obligated to host – to appease Black Lives Matter after the George Floyd riots.
That tactic obviously failed as ESPN did not give in to Taylor’s woke blackmail to hand Taylor the $8 million per year contract she reportedly wanted.
Now it appears Taylor will head to NBC where she will host their Sunday Night Football pregame show and potentially host Amazon’s coverage of the Thursday night game.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.