Kenny Mayne Says Working at ESPN Beats ‘Real Work’

By Brian Flood 

SportsCenter anchor Kenny Mayne has reached a new, multi-year agreement to remain with ESPN. Mayne, who returned to the SportsCenter anchor desk in 2013 after a five-year absence, will continue as a guest anchor of the 1 a.m. ET edition of the program, which airs from ESPN’s Los Angeles studio and is hosted by Neil Everett and Stan Verrett. He also will continue to be part of SportsCenter on the Road at select events and will produce features for SportsCenter.

“Happy to be back for more. It beats real work,” Mayne said. “I fly to LA for a week, watch sports and make up words. Sometimes I literally make up the words. Pure gibberish. But Stan and Neil seem to get me.”

Mayne joined ESPN in May, 1994, as an anchor on ESPN2 before moving to SportsCenter in 1997.

“For 20 years, Kenny Mayne has placed his own indelible, if somewhat askew, stamp on SportsCenter,” said ESPN svp Rob King said. “We are truly delighted that he’ll continue entertaining fans, both from the SportsCenter set and from all corners of the sporting world.”

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