The longtime sports reporter Rachel nichols is joining Showtime’s sports division, where she will work on unit’s basketball content vertical.
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Rachel Michele Nichols is an American journalist and sportscaster.
Rachel Michele Alexander
1973/1974 (age 48–49)
|Sports journalist, television host
|NBA on TNT
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She has covered the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), professional tennis, college sports, the Olympics and is most notable for her work with the National Basketball Association (NBA).
In 2014, Sports Illustrated called Nichols “the country’s most impactful and prominent female sports journalist”.
Rachel Nichols apologized to ESPN colleague Maria Taylor on air after a leaked clip revealed Nichols complaining about Taylor, who is Black, getting 2020 NBA Finals hosting gig because of her “diversity.”
Now after this controversy sparked, the Internet is once again talking about an old rumor which was about Nichols and NBA star Jimmy Butler, suggesting that an alleged sex tape of the duo was leaked from the NBA Bubble hotel room.
Jordan Thrilla reported that last year there was a rumor claiming that a security guard went to Butler’s hotel room after hearing a thumping sound from his room.
At that time all the players of the team were supposed to be in quarantine. The website reported, “Rumor has it those thumping sounds were Jimmy Butler smashing Rachel Nichols at NBA bubble in his hotel room.”
It was reported that the incident allegedly happened after the journalist took Butler’s interview for ESPN. Even though the rumor was never confirmed, the Internet brought this up and slammed Nichols for it.
During the Monday, July 5 broadcast, Nichols said, “So the first thing they teach you in journalism school is don’t be the story. And I don’t plan to break that rule today or distract from a fantastic Finals.” “But I also don’t want to let this moment pass without saying how much I respect, how much I value our colleagues here at ESPN. How deeply, deeply sorry I am for disappointing those I hurt, particularly Maria Taylor, and how grateful I am to be part of this outstanding team.”
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Rachel Nichols has landed at Showtime Basketball, the sports-focused vertical of the pay TV channel and streaming service.
Nichols will serve as a host and producer for Showtime Basketball, which produces video and audio podcasts, docuseries and documentary programming, among other fare.
Programming from the vertical includes the series Kevin Garnett: Anything Is Possible, and SpringHill’s Shut Up and Dribble. Its talent includes people like Garnett, Paul Pierce, J.R. Smith and Josiah Johnson.
“I’ve been so fortunate to live my dream job alongside some of the best journalists in the business for more than 25 years, and this new development deal with Showtime Sports gives me my most broad playing field yet,” said Nichols in a statement. “They’ve asked me to produce, create and host new sports programming across platforms, working alongside Hall of Famers, multiple guys with championship rings and an uber-creative team behind the camera. We’re going to have so much fun.”
The veteran NBA reporter and host left ESPN in January after comments she had made in a private phone call were published in The New York Times, sparking controversy at the sports TV juggernaut.
In the conversation with Adam Mendelsohn, an adviser to Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and James’ agent, Rich Paul, Nichols sought advice about fellow ESPN NBA reporter Maria Taylor being selected to host NBA Countdown, the channel’s key pre- and postgame program, during the NBA Finals.
Her husband is Max Nichols, 47. Like his father Mike Nichols, Max is a director, who’s worked on movies and TV.
Max was born to director Mike Nichols and Irish author Annabel Davis-Goff, 79, in December 1973. Max’s dad, who died in 2014 at age 83, was a well-known and critically acclaimed director.
Some of his best remembered movies include 1966’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, 1967’s The Graduate, and 2004’s Closer. Throughout his career, Mike was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning the Best Director category for The Graduate.
Annabel has written a handful of books, including her 1989 memoir Walled Gardens. After the pair divorced in 1986, Mike married broadcast icon Diane Sawyer in 1988, and he was with her until his death.
Max has followed in his father’s footsteps and pursued a career in entertainment. Before becoming a director himself, he worked for the record label Tommy Boy Records, via The New York Times.
As a youngster, he made an appearance in the 1981 movie Ragtime, but his other work has been behind the camera. His directorial debut came in 2006 for T-Pain’s “I’m ‘n Luv (wit a Stripper)” remix music video, according to IMDb.
His other directorial efforts included the 2014 movie Two Night Stand and a 2017 episode of the show Day 5 & his net worth is an estimated $3 million, according to Player’s Bio.