Kenny Mayne, who joined ESPN in May 1994, was named a Los Angeles-based SportsCenter anchor in August 2013.
In his work as an anchor and reporter, Mayne has become well known for his offbeat style, dry humor, and unique sayings. His most prominent roles have been on SportsCenter, ESPN2’s motorsports show, RPM 2Night and hosting both seasons of the sports trivia game show 2-Minute Drill. In his “The Mayne Event” segments on Sunday NFL Countdown his creativity and deadpan delivery distinguish his work while discussing topics such as why quarterbacks lick their fingers and Martha Stewart’s Super Bowl taco recipe.
From 2008 – 2011, he produced and starred in an original scripted series on ESPN.com titled Mayne Street. Mayne played himself in a fictionalized version of life at the center of sports television. In 2011, he shifted gears and debuted Kenny Mayne’s Wider World of Sports on ESPN.com. The web series takes a look at unusual sports from exotic and distant locales around the world.
For many years until 2011, Mayne also hosted ESPN’s horse racing coverage, for which he was honored in 2006 with the Old Hilltop Award for excellence in covering thoroughbred racing from the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.
In 2008, Mayne added author to his resume, publishing his first book, An Incomplete and Inaccurate History of Sport.
Mayne had a series of positions before joining ESPN. He got his start in local news in Las Vegas and later Seattle as a news writer, weekend sports anchor and weekday news reporter. As an anchor, Mayne was known for his unique style which included his “Dog Days of Summer Score Dog” segment where he used his dog to help report baseball scores.