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Kenny Mayne: Biography at a Glance

  • Kenny Mayne is an American sports media personality who is best known for his work on ESPN from 1994 to 2021.
  • He served as a guest anchor and feature reporter for SportsCenter and hosted the sports trivia game show 2-Minute Drill.
  • He has appeared on Sunday NFL Countdown in the weekly segment The Mayne Event.
  • Kenny also produced and starred in the original scripted web series Mayne Street and hosted Kenny Mayne’s Wider World of Sports on



Kenny Mayne is an American sports media personality who is best known for his work on ESPN from 1994 to 2021. He also competed on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Kenny served as a guest anchor on the 1 a.m. SportsCenter from Los Angeles and a contributor to the midnight SportsCenter hosted by Scott Van Pelt. He was also a feature reporter for SportsCenter.

In his work as an anchor and reporter, Mayne has become well known for his offbeat style, dry humor, and unique sayings (“thanks for having electricity”) and home run calls (“I am amused by the simplicity of this game!”). Although he stands out in the studio – his most prominent roles have been on SportsCenter, the former ESPN2 motorsports show, rpm2night and hosting both seasons of the sports trivia game show 2-Minute Drill – it truly shines in features, often humorous and currently his primary vehicle as a commentator at ESPN. His popular “The Mayne Event” segments on Sunday NFL Countdown ranged from the fourth grader who wore a Brett Favre jersey for 600 days to the “real reason” quarterbacks lick their fingers to making nachos with Martha Stewart and highlighted his creativity and deadpan delivery that has distinguished his career’s work.

He produced and starred in an original scripted series on titled Mayne Street. Mayne played himself in a fictionalized version of life at the center of sports television. He then shifted gears and debuted Kenny Mayne’s Wider World of Sports on Inspired by the iconic Wide World of Sports on ABC in days gone by, it looked at unusual sports from exotic and distant locales around the world.

For many years, Mayne also hosted ESPN’s horse racing coverage, a life-long passion, for which he was honored with the Old Hilltop Award for excellence in covering thoroughbred racing from the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.

Mayne joined ESPN as an ESPN2 SportSmash anchor, providing five-minute score and news reports every half-hour, and as a feature reporter for SportsNight. He served as the original host of ESPN2’s weekend auto racing news and highlights programs, Sunday morning’s rpm 2day and rpm2night on Saturday and Sunday. He also occasionally anchored SportsCenter until assuming that role fulltime.

Prior to joining ESPN, Mayne had served as a freelance reporter and field producer for the network. Television, however, wasn’t always his primary form of employment. He had worked at local stations but worked in sales. Before that his career even included a stint assembling garbage cans.

Mayne began his television career at KLVX-TV (a PBS affiliate) in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a reporter. He worked for KSTW-TV in the Tacoma/Seattle market, serving as a production assistant, news writer, weekend sports anchor and weekday news reporter. As an anchor, Mayne was known for his offbeat style which included his “Dog Days of Summer Score Dog” segment, in which he used his dog to help give baseball scores.

A native of Kent, Wa., Mayne attended Wenatchee Valley Community College (Wenatchee, Wa.), where he was an honorable mention junior college All-American quarterback. He graduated from University of Nevada-Las Vegas in with a bachelor of arts degree in broadcasting. While at UNLV, Mayne played football for two years and later signed as a free agent with the Seattle Seahawks.

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