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Kenny Mayne: My Tweets Were On A Watchlist At ESPN

“While Mayne is adamant that he doesn’t believe anyone at ESPN wanted him fired for sharing political opinions, he is just knows it made some in power very uncomfortable.”

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Kenny Mayne reflects on life after ESPN in an interview with John Gonzalez of The Ringer. While Mayne was never one to hide his political opinions, he did note that he felt a new ability to be “forthright” since exiting Bristol in May.

Mayne admits that he did fear getting fired if his tweets were deemed offensive by managment. He even claims that he was told in no uncertain terms that ESPN was keeping an eye on everything he put up on social media. He described it as “definitely on the watchlist” and said that he felt like bosses were “clearly threatening” him.

He described an incident that landed him in Norby Williamson’s office for a reprimand. It was January of 2018 and then-President Donald Trump said that White House doctors had just told him that he was going to be extraordinarily healthy for a long time. Mayne took to Twitter to make a joke he says was “making fun of the doctor, not making fun of the president—directly.”

Kenny Mayne says that when Williamson asked him why he had to do politics on Twitter he responded “Because I have four daughters and a wife and I want to look at myself in the mirror.”

While Mayne is adamant that he doesn’t believe anyone at ESPN wanted him fired for sharing political opinions, he is just knows it made some in power very uncomfortable.

When Gonzalez asked ESPN about Mayne’s comments and his conversation with Williamson, the company issued a very generic statement.

“Kenny was a key figure in building ESPN. We’ll always be grateful for his creativity, passion and work ethic. We wish him continued success.”

So where will the success continue? Kenny Mayne told The Ringer that he has had discussions with Caesar’s Entertainment and Meadowlark Media about creating content for their respective companies. He also is collaborating with Marshawn Lynch on a project he did not elaborate on. He has hinted in the past that he is working on a podcast project.

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Louis Riddick Explains How MNF Production Meetings Work

“Riddick expounded more on the production meetings with coaches, including one with a particular Bay Area play-caller.”

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The Monday Night Football campaign is in full swing, and The Athletic’s Robert Mays had MNF analyst Louis Riddick on The Athletic Football Show to discuss his weekly routine for putting on a top-notch broadcast.

Riddick dove into the process each week and discussed which coach has impressed him the most during his time in the booth. Tuesdays are a rest and recovery day after traveling home — then the process starts on Wednesday.

“We kinda have a, from a booth perspective, between Steve Levy, Brian Griese, myself, and then Phil Dean the producer and Jimmy Platt, the director. Us five get together and just discuss the previous week’s game and whatever we want to bring up that is positive or negative,” Riddick described to Mays on the show.

The brain trust discusses play breakdowns, production, and situations that popped up during the game. Next up is choosing the important voices for the next game that they want to speak to.

“We give Phil the list of coaches and players that we think are important to talk to,” Riddick said. “He sends that into that team’s PR department, and then usually they say yay or no. Most teams are very, very good with giving us the players that we want because it’s better for them. They know the more we highlight them, the better it is for them.”

Riddick expounded more on the production meetings with coaches, including one with a particular Bay Area play-caller.

“I would say our meeting with [San Francisco 49ers head coach] Kyle Shanahan,” Riddick answered. “Before we did the Bills game down in Arizona because they had to move from Santa Clara because of what was happening was some of the best football conversations I’ve ever had in my life, quite honestly. From team building, coach-player relationships, X’s and O’s, the opponent, what he learned from his father, what he feels specifically that running backs need to have and why… It was fricken incredible, incredible.”

Riddick can be seen on Monday Night Football breaking down all the action throughout the 2021 NFL season. Listen to the full episode here.

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Women in Sports Media Celebrate Kate Scott Joining 76ers

“The west coast native is heading east to continue pursuing her dreams, and she received a ton of support from the women throughout sports media this week.”

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Kate Scott is breaking new ground, and the sports broadcasting community took notice.

Scott joined Lisa Byington as the only full-time female voices of NBA franchises when the Philadelphia 76ers announced her addition this week. She replaces longtime TV play-by-play voice Marc Zumoff.

“Being the voice of the 76ers is a dream come true,” Scott said to NBC Sports Philadelphia. “As a kid playing hoops alone in my driveway, I actually used to imagine I was Allen Iverson; the clock would wind down in my head, people would scream, ‘You’re too small! You don’t belong!’ But I’d fade away, hit the shot, and the crowd in my mind would go wild.

“To now get the opportunity to be the voice of that team is incredible, and I look forward to earning the respect and trust of the phenomenal city of Philadelphia, and 76ers fans everywhere, one call and one game at a time.”

Scott seemingly busts down barriers every year. She recently became the first woman to call Olympic men’s basketball as part of NBC Sports’ coverage of Tokyo 2020, where she covered both men’s and women’s games.

“Kate’s energy, passion, and tremendous knowledge of the game of basketball made her the ideal candidate to usher in a new era of 76ers basketball on NBC Sports Philadelphia,” Philadelphia 76ers President of Business Operations Chris Heck said. “We’re thrilled that she’ll call our city home and look forward to the lasting connections and memories she’ll make with the best fans in sports. Kate and Alaa [Abdelnaby] are a dynamic broadcast pairing that 76ers fans will enjoy watching on the call this season and beyond.”

The west coast native is heading east to continue pursuing her dreams, and she received a ton of support from women throughout sports media this week.

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ESPN Taking Sunday NFL Countdown To Foxboro

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown show will be live from Gillette Stadium on October 3rd.

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Tom Brady going against his former team the New England Patriots is something that every NFL fan will be front and center next Sunday. It seems that ESPN is no exception, as they have announced that Sunday NFL Countdown show will be live from Gillette Stadium on October 3rd.

Will ESPN bring in some Boston-centric guests? It is possible, although the Sunday NFL Countdown crew already features two former Patriots in Randy Moss and Tedy Bruschi and a former Boston College quarterback in Matt Hasselbeck. Even Rex Ryan is tangentially connected to the Patriots, having coached two of the team’s division rivals.

The dynamic between these charismatic former players and coach in a live show setting should be one that the fans should be very excited for.

For the live show, ESPN is encouraging all fans to come out to watch free of charge starting at 10 a.m EST. For those who come an hour early to the show, there will be a giveaway starting at 9 a.m.

Kickoff for the actual game will be at 8:20 p.m EST on NBC. In that way, this won’t feel entirely different from College GameDay at ESPN, with the show in the morning before all of the kickoffs and the big game not until primetime.

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