Maria Taylor, whose work has already included many of the biggest events in sports, joined NBC Sports beginning with the Tokyo Olympics.
Highlighted by host roles for the Olympics and the NFL – including as a host and contributor for Football Night in America and Super Bowls – Taylor will work across premier NBC Sports properties. In Tokyo, her very first assignment as part of the NBC Sports team, she joined Mike Tirico as host for Prime Plus and also served as a correspondent.
Taylor joins NBC Sports after eight years at ESPN, where she was host of NBA Countdown, college football and basketball coverage, and the NCAA Women’s Final Four studio show, and regularly co-hosted the Get Up morning show. In addition, she served as a reporter on College GameDay and a sideline reporter on the network’s biggest college football and basketball games each week. Her NFL work included hosting the 2021 NFL Draft and sideline reporter for Monday Night Football’s opening week in 2020.
She also provided analysis on SEC Network and ESPN telecasts, including volleyball and women’s basketball, and worked on ESPN’s NBA Draft coverage. Taylor served as an analyst on ESPN’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Show, NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Preview Show and coverage of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament and Women’s Volleyball National Championship.
Previously, Taylor served as host of SEC Network’s traveling SEC Nation pregame college football show. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Taylor played basketball and was a three-time All-SEC volleyball player. She was also a member of the USA A2 National Volleyball team. Taylor delivered the commencement address at her alma mater in May 2021, marking the 60-year anniversary of the university’s integration.