Most of us who pay attention to these kinds of moves were decently excited: One of ESPN’s best known funnymen was back on their flagship program, trying to keep the nightly highlight (but mostly analysis) show quirky and sarcastic – like it was in the old days. But while we were enthused for the return of Mayne to the SportsCenter desk after a five-year absence, it’s becoming apparent that Mayne gave up the majority of his job titles in order to continue working for ESPN.
In an interview with TheWrap, Mayne explained his new contract with the Mothership and said that ESPN would re-sign him for SportsCenter and trash his other responsibilities, like his work on Sunday NFL Countdown, ESPN the Magazine and horse racing. His amazing online series “Wider World of Sports” will continue, but “will not be a prominent part of his new job description.”
“It was kind of like, ‘Here’s what we want from you,’ and the other stuff was off the table,” Mayne said. “So it was either quit or do this, and doing SportsCenter is not the worst thing in the world.”