ESPN Maria Taylor Biography, Wiki, Rachel Nichols Comments, Age, Salary, Net worth, Husband, Family

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Who is Maria Taylor?

Maria Taylor or Suzette Maria Taylor born May 12, 1987, is an analyst and host for ESPN and the SEC Network. She covers college football, college volleyball, NBA, NFL, and college men’s and women’s basketball.

Maria Taylor Biography, Wiki

Maria Taylor was born on May 12, 1987, to Steve and Suzette Taylor. While attending Centennial High School, Taylor had a successful four-year basketball career in which she received many accolades. Among the awards were being a member of the Atlanta Tip-Off Team of the Year, being a Fulton County Scholar Athlete of the Year, Offensive MVP of her high school volleyball team for three years, a three-time All-Region Selection, and being named All-State as a senior. Taylor was additionally selected to be a member of the 2004 USA Volleyball Junior National A2 team.

Taylor received an athletic scholarship to the University of Georgia, where she continued to play volleyball and basketball from 2005-2009. While at Georgia she was named a member of the All-SEC volleyball team each season. She also continued to play for the US Volleyball Junior National A2 team, and helped them win a bronze medal during the Open Division of the US Volleyball Championships. By the time her playing days were done in the fall of 2008, Taylor ranked fourth all-time in program history in career kills with 1,729 and was fourth all-time in total points with 2,020. She is 6’2″ in height.

Full NameSuzette Maria Taylor
Birth DateMay 12, 1987 (age 32)
Birth PlaceAlpharetta, Georgia, U.S.
Nick NameMaria
EducationCentennial High School; University of Georgia
Father’s NameSteve Taylor
Mother’s NameSuzette Taylor
Age34 Years Old
Height6’2″ (1.88 m)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBlack
Body Measurement36-24-36 inches
HusbandRodney Blackstock
ProfessionSports Analyst, Host
Net Worth$2 million
AffiliationsESPN, SEC Network
Active Since2009
Social MediaInstagramTwitterFacebook
Last UpdateJuly 5, 2021
Maria Taylor Biography, Wiki

Rachel Nichols Comment On Maria Taylor

A bombshell report from the New York Times on Sunday revealed there is allegedly heavy internal strife at ESPN stemming comments about diversity that NBA sideline reporter and “The Jump” host Rachel Nichols made about her colleague Maria Taylor, NBA and NFL reporter and the host of “NBA Countdown.”

According to the New York Times, Nichols made these comments in July 2020 after ESPN told her that Taylor, who is Black, would be hosting coverage of the NBA Finals instead of her. Nichols sought advice from LeBron James’ longtime advisor Adam Mendelsohn and James’ agent Rich Paul on a call that was reportedly accidentally recorded because Nichols hadn’t turned her video camera off. 

During the call, Nichols can be heard saying that she feels like Taylor is only being promoted over her due to ESPN’s long and terrible record on diversity. 

“I wish Maria Taylor all the success in the world — she covers football, she covers basketball,” Nichols said in July 2020 via the New York Times. “If you need to give her more things to do because you are feeling pressure about your crappy longtime record on diversity — which, by the way, I know personally from the female side of it — like, go for it. Just find it somewhere else. You are not going to find it from me or taking my thing away.”

Rachel Nichols Comment On Maria Taylor

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Maria Taylor’s Career

Prior to 2012, Maria Taylor was a reporter and host for IMG College at the University of Georgia for three years. She also appeared on various studio shows including Dawg Report, SEC Men’s Basketball Tonight, and SportsNite.

In 2013, Taylor was the sideline reporter on ESPN2’s weekly Saturday-night primetime college football telecast in addition to the Orange Bowl, her second consecutive year covering the annual bowl game. She has been an analyst on the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Show, NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Preview Show and also ESPN’s coverage of both the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament and Women’s Volleyball National Championship for the previous two years.

Taylor joined the SEC Network in 2014. She is a college football reporter on SEC Network with commentator Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer. She is also an analyst on other SEC telecasts, including volleyball and women’s basketball. In 2017, Maria joined the ESPN College GameDay broadcast team as reporter and host, replacing Samantha Ponder, and was an ESPN host and reporter for the College Football Playoff between the University of Georgia and the University of Oklahoma. Subsequently, she was a host and reporter for the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship between the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia. Taylor works the ABC broadcast of Saturday night football as a sideline reporter, with Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit calling the game from the booth.

In 2019, Taylor began hosting NBA Countdown, the pre-game show for ESPN’s Friday night and Sunday afternoon NBA games. In 2020, she was the sideline reporter for Pittsburgh Steelers vs New York Giants Monday Night Monday opener.

Maria Taylor Relationship Status | Husband & Wedding

Indeed, an African-American sportscaster is a married woman. The man who managed to steal the beautiful journalist’s heart is none other than Rodney Blackstock. In the same way, the two first met while enjoying the game of Charlotte Hornets back in 2014.

Also, Rodney made an effort to have a conversation. Simultaneously, the two exchanged numbers and were texting each other often. None were aware that love was blooming between them.

Maria Taylor, and Rodney Blackstock

Maria Taylor Net Worth, Salary & Income

In particular, Maria is working as a reporter for over a decade and in this period and surprisingly amassed a stunning $2 million net worth. During her career, the African-American sportscaster worked for ESPN, so she likely earned a significant sum.

Accordingly, sources reported that Taylor pockets about $87,885 as an annual average salary. Further, upon contract renewal, there was a considerable upgrade to her wages, so assumably her net worth will be on the rise in a few years.

Added to that, her coverages of women’s sports and various other channels potentially boost her income. Likewise, a deal with ESPN reportedly sees Maria walk away with a whopping $100k per year for serving as a sideline reporter.

Maria Taylor’s Social Media Profiles

Instagram (@mariataylor): 188,000 followers

Twitter (@MariaTaylor): 249.3k followers

Facebook (Maria Taylor): 53k followers

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