Kenny Mayne Announces ESPN Departure, Cites ‘Salary Cap Casualty’

After almost three decades at ESPN, Kenny Mayne is leaving the network.

Mayne announced that news on Twitter Monday, calling his exit a “salary cap casualty.”

Mayne, who joined ESPN in May 1994, was an anchor on the 11 p.m. SportsCenter from Bristol and a guest anchor on the 1 a.m. SportsCenter from Los Angeles. He also is a feature reporter for SportsCenter, per ESPN.

“Mayne has become well known for his offbeat style, dry humor, and unique sayings and home run calls,” per ESPN. “Although he stands out in the studio – his most prominent roles have been on SportsCenter, the former ESPN2 motorsports show, rpm2night and hosting both seasons of the sports trivia game show 2-Minute Drill – it truly shines in features.”

OutKick’s Bobby Burack tweeted that ESPN is getting rid of many of the voices that just provided a fun escape for sports fans: Mayne, Golic, Jaws, Wingo, the list goes on and on. Meanwhile, they are retaining and promoting those who focus on social justice issues instead.

Some may know Mayne as the voice behind the Marshawn Lynch at Applebee’s video, as seen and heard below.

But one name that Bobby mentioned in his tweet was Mike Golic, who parted ways with ESPN earlier this year.

Golic replied to Mayne’s tweet and said:

“We are getting to the point of being able to start a new network with former ESPN employees that were show[n] the door. Loved our time as Teammates Kenny, hope our paths cross soon.”

Mike Golic

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  1. The WOKE sports media company, ESPN, set a terrible example of how to NOT alienate your customers/viewers. The Athletic is going down the same path.

    People don’t watch sports to be preached at for how bad they are for not wanting to be homosexual.

    I’m sad that Kenny Mayne was a casualty of ESPN’s poor business plan.

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