In talks with Maria Taylor, once the host of the NBA Finals and a reporter for the College Football National Championship, ESPN offered her a salary of about $ 1 million a year from her current salary, which, according to sources, amounts to nearly $ 5 million.
Taylor denied this.
Taylor was hoping to be in the Stephen A. Smith Money neighborhood, which is close to $ 8 million a year, according to sources.
But since the first $ 5 million offer was made during last year’s pandemic, the world on ESPN has changed even more. As Disney keeps a close eye on the network’s pockets, many of the big-money earners working at ESPN are being asked to cut their salaries.
Some are taking them, others, like Kenny Mayne and Ariel Helvani, are leaving. This evolution quickly became the biggest event in the sports media.
ESPN sees the decline in wages as a market adjustment. Other people in the industry are seeing ESPN devalue its position as a marquee platform for content creators and hosts.
But, in Taylor, ESPN sees the man he wants to keep. The nearly $ 5 million offer was made when ESPN began cutting all salaries.
Today, ESPN wants to keep Taylor, but the initial offer is not on the table, sources said. It is unknown at this time what he will be offered, but he is believed to be in the $ 2-3 million range.
It’s a serious rise, but another notable choice continues, and the idea that Taylor and ESPN could split is out of the question.
In addition to the intrigue, Taylor’s contract expires on or about July 20, and the NBA Finals, if he has seven games, expires on July 27.
In addition to the NBA Countdown and her college football career, Taylor is the host of the NCAA Women’s Tournament. He also does NFL work.
ESPN declined to comment. Taylor did not report.
Taylor, 34, rose through ESPN and became the star of the network. His main goal, according to sources, is to be “the next Robin Roberts.” The new deal with ESPN could include ABC’s airing on “Good Morning America.”
But Disney, which owns ABC and ESPN, isn’t sure if it sees it as the future of the morning.
Taylor is obviously talented, but is there any other student who values him like ESPN / ABC / Disney? According to sources, Amazon likes Taylor, while NBC could be creative. Both may have the potential to host the NFL in the future, but so far nothing is available and it is unknown if advanced negotiations have taken place.
At a time when ESPN is cutting salaries and putting people on the air, it is offering him a pay rise. Will this be enough, especially if it continues to be less than it once was on the table?