The Rachel Nichols ESPN Saga has finally reached its end.
According to a report, Nichols and ESPN reached a settlement this week to officially end her deal with the Mothership after her private comments about Maria Taylor were made public last year.
“Just find it somewhere else,” Nichols said on the private recording, which an ESPN employee disseminated. “You are not going to find it from me or taking my thing away.”
Video Leaked Of ESPN's Rachel Nichols Making Disparaging Comments About Fellow Host Maria Taylorhttps://t.co/YYyUNCYfHg
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Nichols had one year left on her contract.
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According to the New York Post, Nichols is free to pursue other opportunities immediately.
“Nichols had one year remaining on her deal, but ESPN had no intention of using her after the network removed her from its NBA coverage prior to this season.
Now, Nichols is free to pursue other opportunities immediately, according to sources. She was making in the neighborhood of $1.5 million to $2 million per year, according to sources.
— New York Post (@nypost) January 4, 2022
ESPN and Nichols declined comment.
It’s unclear what Nichols’ next move will be; both she and ESPN declined to comment to the Post. She was reportedly making between $1.5 million to $2 million per year.
It will be interesting to see where she lands.
We know the Sportsbook companies are paying through the nose for top tier talent.
Wouldn’t be surprised to see her land at one of the major books.