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June 20, 2018

Sixers fans dismayed about Molly Sullivan's departure from NBC Sports Philadelphia

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Molly Sullivan had covered the Philadelphia 76ers for the past six season for NBC Sports Philadelphia. She announced on Twitter on Tuesday that her contract was not being renewed by the network.

Sixers sideline reporter Molly Sullivan is the latest casualty at NBC Sports Philadelphia, the recently rebranded network formerly known as Comcast SportsNet.

Sullivan, who had been working Sixers games for the past six years — and finally got to cover a competitive team last year — said in a tweet that her contract was not being renewed by the network.

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She said the network was moving in a new direction that doesn't include her.

"We thank Molly for her work as our Sixers sideline reporter, and wish her the best in her next chapter," said Maureen Quilter, spokeswoman for NBC Sports Philadelphia. Quilter said the network would not provide additional comment.

Many of Sullivan's fans are bummed. She was praised on Twitter by fellow Sixers reporters and analysts, as well as the Philly fans who watched her interview players, coaches and celebrities at games for the past six years.

NBC Sports Philadelphia has been cleaning house, so to speak, for the better part of two years as the network tries to find its identity in a rapidly changing sports media landscape. The most recent reporters and hosts to be shown the door include Marshall Harris, Dei Lynam and Tim Panaccio.

Others like John Gonzalez, Sarah Baicker and Jillian Mele, have bounced on their own accord to pursue other opportunities.

It's not clear who will be taking over sideline duties for Sixers games, although if the network decides to go in house, Sixers reporter Jessica Camerato seems like the most obvious option.