Who is Maria Taylor’s husband, Rodney Blackstock? Host’s personal life explored

Mafalda Costa July 22, 2021
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Who is Maria Taylor’s husband, Rodney Blackstock? Since ESPN announced on Wednesday, 21 July, that it’s parting ways with NBA Countdown and NBA Finals host Maria Taylor, fans have been curious to know more about the sports personality’s private life.

Is Taylor leaving ESPN?

After more than eight years on the cable sports channel, NBA Countdown and NBA Finals host Maria Taylor is parting ways with ESPN.

According to Deadline, Taylor is potentially headed to NBC, where she could take on some facets of the 2021 Olympics coverage.

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Taylor, who covers college football as well, could also potentially become the host of the network’s Football Night In America after Mike Tirico slides over to do Sunday Night Football play-by-play in 2022.

Who is Maria Taylor’s husband, Rodney Blackstock?

Taylor and her husband, Rodney Blackstock, got married on 5 May 2019, on a beach in Destin, Florida.

According to the knot, Blackstock and Taylor first caught each other’s eyes during a Charlotte Hornets Game in North Carolina.

After the Hornets game, Blackstock made the first move.

“The first thing he said was, ‘You’re not as tall as I am.’ I was like, ‘I don’t know if that’s a pick-up line,’ but it started a good conversation,” Maria Taylor told the knot about meeting her now-husband.

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Rodney Blackstock was born on 29 October 1980 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

According to his athletic profile, Blackstock was an unrestricted free agent in the 2007 NBA draft. Without playing, he remained in the play as an NBA agent.

According to Aussie Celebs, before coaching the women’s basketball team at Johnson & Wales University, Blackstock worked as a sports agent for ApexBlack for more than three years.

In August 2020, he created the Blackstock Insurance Agency.

As of 2021, Rodney Blackstock’s net worth is estimated to be over $2.8 million.

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Maria Taylor’s net worth explored

According to Distractify, Maria’s net worth is $2 million.

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Her annual salary has been estimated to be anywhere from $69,000 per year to roughly $86,000, but regardless of what it is, Maria has clearly done well for herself, and there’s no stopping her now.

Mafalda Costa is a second year BA Journalism student originally from Portugal. Her main passions if life are music, arts and culture, while she's particularly knowledgable on cinema and anime.