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Kenny Mayne Wasn’t Satisfied With Last Offer From ESPN

“They stick a lot of money into other people, for people they want to stay, right? And that’s fine,” said Maybe. “That’s the decision that they make based on whatever value they think this person or that person brings to the company”.

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The brand new podcast from Audacy, Hey Mayne, had the host himself, Kenny Mayne, on a bit of a press tour on Friday, this time stopping by Audacy’s 97.1 the Ticket in Detroit. There Mayne joined the morning show of Stoney and Jansen with Heather to talk about the podcast.

About halfway thru the interview, the end of Mayne’s tenure at ESPN came up surrounding a discussion of what has “happened to ESPN” and how the perception is they only pay people who scream all day. Mayne brought up Scott Van Pelt as an example as to otherwise, but also added comments on the end of his run.

“They made the determination that I wasn’t as valuable to them as I was the day before,” Mayne bluntly stated. “They were offering a far different deal to stay. I don’t know if that was ‘I hope he leaves’ or ‘here’s as much as we can go to have you stay’. You’d have to ask them.”

Mayne continued saying that he weighed his options and satisfaction level and decided an exit was due.

“For me, no different than anybody at any job where you’re not satisfied with your situation, so you go decide to do something else. That’s really all it was. It’s not very complicated. People leave jobs all the time, right? I left”.

Mayne also added that the changes, including pay as well as what appears might have been a different role with the network, weren’t what he had in mind.

“I didn’t think I wanted to stay for the new pay that it was going to be and the circumstances”.

Unprompted, Mayne continued talking about how ESPN evaluates their talent.

“They stick a lot of money into other people, for people they want to stay, right? And that’s fine,” said Mayne. “That’s the decision that they make based on whatever value they think this person or that person brings to the company”.

The now podcast host seemed to take a slight aim at how ESPN positioned their talent that became valuable to them.

“The old expression about moving the needle, I don’t know. I don’t know how many people really do or in some cases do they do well because they are put in places. Whoever does the biggest show, the highest-rated show, that’s already going to draw a certain audience, is inherently going to do well, right? Let me announce the Super Bowl and I bet I get a good number”.

Mayne did say he is happy with where is at and the decision he has made.

“I have zero regrets. I wish everyone there well. I’m doing other stuff”.

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Sports Gambling Podcast Network To Stage 24-Hour Fantasy Football Draft

“The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed Draft Day 2.0.”

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If you’re serious about Fantasy Football, the Sports Gambling Podcast Network is bringing back a tradition you’ll want to pay attention to. 

For the second year in a row, Ryan Kramer will draft 24 different teams over the course of a 24 hour marathon that will be streamed across multiple video platforms. 

“Fortunately, the analytics research is done so I can focus now on news coming out of the camps to sharpen my views and deliver the well-reasoned selections that people need to get an edge in their drafting,” Kramer said in a press release. “It’s a bit of an audacious undertaking, but the growing phenomenon of Fantasy Football deserves this level of commitment and our SGPN audiences always respond.” 

The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed “Draft Day 2.0”. All of the content will originate from the Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s studios in Los Angeles. 

The marathon will also be a fundraiser. The network is using GoFundMe to raise funds for a colleague named Darryl injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of Sports Gambling Podcast Network branded apperal will also go to the effort. 

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Cumulus Announces 790 The Score in Rhode Island is Officially On The Air

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

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After reporting last week that Kevin McNamara would be the station’s only local host in the programming lineup, 790 The Score in Providence, Rhode Island is officially on the air.

The station, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, has been revived and will serve as the market’s first sports and sports betting station.

“The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage,” said Holly Paras, VP and market manager of Cumulus Providence. “We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch some of the top national talent on the airwaves throughout the day and night. This includes hosts like Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

McNamara will host his show Kevin Mac Sports Hour daily from 5-7 p.m.

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Paul Finebaum Will Make $700K Advance Ahead of Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher Book

Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

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Though there’s still some time before a finished products reaches bookshelves, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is reportedly set to get a nice six-figure advance by Penguin Press.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

Back in the spring things came to a head between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, as the two engaged in a verbal spat in separate press conferences over name, image and likeness.

Saban said Fisher and his staff utilized NIL and “bought every player” in the Aggies’ spring 2022 recruiting class.

Things got so heated and drew so many headlines that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey had to step in and try to get the former colleagues to cool it.

Finebaum is teaming up with Alabama beat reporter John Talty to write the book.

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