Longtime anchor Kenny Mayne leaves ESPN as network extends Chris Berman: ‘Salary cap casualty’ [Video]
Longtime ESPN personality and “SportsCenter” host Kenny Mayne announced on Monday that he’s leaving the network after 27 years.
On the same day, ESPN announced that it’s extending the contract of network stalwart and “NFL Primetime” host Chris Berman. It’s not clear if the two transactions are related.
Mayne, 61, announced his departure on Twitter, describing himself as a “salary cap casualty” while thanking the executives who hired him.
Mayne didn’t expound on the reason for his departure, and ESPN didn’t immediately issue a statement. Given the dry sense of humor that is his trademark, Mayne’s statement leaves room for interpretation over the nature of his exit.
Mayne joined ESPN in 1994 and quickly became a fixture alongside hosts like Dan Patrick and Keith Olberman who made made “SportsCenter” standard viewing for sports fans in the 1990s. He played several roles across ESPN and ESPN2 and is best known