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Sports Media World Reacts To The Chris Berman News

A closeup of Chris Berman.

A closeup of Chris Berman.

It was an eventful Monday for a couple of longtime ESPN hosts on Monday.

One longtime ESPN host announced his departure from the network. Kenny Mayne, who’s been hosting SportsCenter for decades, announced that he is leaving the Worldwide Leader. Mayne announced the news on Twitter, citing his departure as a product of budgetary cuts.

“I am leaving ESPN. Salary cap casualty,” he tweeted. “I will miss the people. I will miss the vending machine set up over by the old Van Pelt joint. We had everything.”

Later on Monday, ESPN announced that another longtime host has signed a contract extension. Chris Berman has agreed to a new deal with the network.

It was a tough day for fans of Kenny Mayne, though many were happy to see that ESPN has continued to commit to Berman.

Others, meanwhile, pointed out the interesting choice to let

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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

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ESPN Announces Contract News For Chris Berman

Chris Berman talking on ESPN.

Chris Berman talking on ESPN.

On the same day longtime SportsCenter anchor Kenny Mayne announced he was leaving the Worldwide Leader, ESPN announced new contract news for Chris Berman.

Berman has agreed to a multi-year extension with ESPN, the network announced on Monday. He’ll continue appearing on NFL PrimeTime, SportsCenter and other various programs in coming years.

“Legendary sports commentator and industry innovator Chris Berman has reached a new multi-year agreement with ESPN, it was announced today, on the occasion of Berman’s 66th birthday, by Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president and executive editor,” wrote Allie Stoneberg via ESPN Press Room. “Berman, who joined ESPN a month after its September 7, 1979 launch, will continue to bring his uniquely energetic and passionate style to various high-profile assignments.”

Berman is a foundational member of ESPN’s NFL coverage. You could even go as far to say he’s the

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