ESPN canceled Rachel Nichols’ present “The Bounce” and is taking the star reporter off NBA programming, the community confirmed to the Sports Business Journal on Wednesday.
Quickly after the choice was made by David Roberts, who’s overseeing ESPN’s NBA protection, Nichols shared her ideas on social media.
“Obtained to create an entire present and spend 5 years hanging out with a few of my favourite folks speaking about one my favourite issues,” Nichols wrote.
“An everlasting thanks to our superb producers & crew — “The Bounce” was by no means constructed to final eternally however it positive was enjoyable. Extra to return…”
ESPN introduced that it’ll have a brand new every day NBA present that’s anticipated to start previous to the beginning of the common season, which begins in October. Roberts may also search a brand new host for “NBA Countdown” after Maria Taylor left for NBC.
Nichols nonetheless has over a yr left on a contract that started in 2016. She was a key piece of “The Bounce” when the community launched the present in February of that very same yr. Nichols additionally served as ESPN’s sideline reporter for almost all of the highest video games final yr.
Nichols’ standing within the sports activities community began to crumble when The New York Occasions reported on July 4 that she had made feedback about Taylor when she took management of ESPN’s studio present through the NBA’s restart within the bubble at Walt Disney World. Within the telephone dialog that was obtained by the Occasions, Nichols stated that ESPN was “feeling strain” about their “crappy longtime file on variety.”
Nichols apologized throughout her present.
The bombshell report got here lower than three weeks earlier than Taylor’s contract expired with ESPN. Taylor ultimately rejected an extension with the community and later joined NBC.
Malika Andrews took over because the sideline reporter for the NBA Finals, however Nichols continued to host “The Bounce” on the website of the finals.
The Related Press contributed to this report.