It seems to be contract renewal season over at ESPN, and for some it’s a bit more bitter than others. Kenny Mayne has been “shown the door” and will no longer be working at ESPN. This comes after an impressive 27 years with the company, but times are changing and ESPN’s struggles have been well documented.
I am leaving ESPN.
Salary cap casualty.
Thanks for the opportunity Vince Doria & Al Jaffe & for taking my solicitations
I will miss the people.
I will miss the vending machine set up over by the old Van Pelt joint.
We had everything.
— Kenny Mayne (@Kenny_Mayne) May 10, 2021
Mayne refers to himself as a salary cap casualty, likely referring to the company’s struggles combined with his tenure and salary expectations. Is he worth whatever he was asking for? Time will tell as ESPN continues to shed salary in peculiar ways, as they tell some of their most popular talent to go kick rocks.
While Kenny Mayne never really had his own thing at ESPN, he was a valuable contributor to a lot of good content. He was never really siloed or specialized, instead he was versatile and seemed to enhance anything he worked on.
Kenny Mayne and Marshawn Lynch gave us one of the greatest videos in ESPN history. pic.twitter.com/bvb9BJr570
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) May 10, 2021