Maria Taylor Signs Long-Term Deal With ESPN

Maria Taylor, a member of the ESPN College GameDay crew, is going to be with the network for years to come. On Tuesday, Aug. 28, the Worldwide Leader in Sports announced that network has signed a new deal with ESPN that will keep her around long-term.

“I have been blessed with so many opportunities to grow and evolve as a broadcaster and learn from so many incredible people,” said Taylor in a statement released on Tuesday. “I am excited to start the next chapter of my career with my ESPN family, and to continue working with the players, coaches, and programs that I am incredibly passionate about.”

She will remain in her roles with GameDay, College Football Live, ABC Saturday Night Football, Saturday Primetime and continue hosting for Big Monday, Thursday Showcase and the NCAA Women’s Final Four.

Taylor will also do fill-in duty on Get Up!, SportsCenter, and contribute during coverage of the NBA Draft and NBA Combine.

“Maria’s level of preparation, knowledge, passion and enthusiasm is what makes her standout in everything she does,” said Lee Fitting, ESPN vice president of production. “Her growth at the network is a testament to her versatility both on the sideline and as a host in the studio, shaping her into the ultimate modern day broadcaster.”

Before her carer in sports broadcasting, Taylor played volleyball and basketball for the Bulldogs. She was a member of the All-SEC team in each season, while also helping the USA Volleyball Junior National A2 team with the bronze medal during the Open Division of the US Volleyball Championships.

The 6-foot-2 Taylor ranked fourth all-time in Georgia volleyball history in career kills and total points.

Taylor is also the co-founder of Winning Edge, which aims to “educate, foster professional mentoring relationships, provide networking opportunities and enrichment scholarships to ethnic minorities and women who are seeking careers in the sports industry. ”

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