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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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Dan Patrick: NBC Created ‘Something That Was Brilliant’ With Flex Scheduling

“Networks were so upset that NBC would go ‘Hey, you know what? We’re gonna take that game and we’re gonna have it on Sunday night.’ Then FOX and CBS would be scrambling there.”

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Roger Goodell wants flex scheduling to come to Prime Video’s Thursday Night Football package. It could happen this season, but we won’t know for sure until May after league owners decided to table a vote on the proposal. On Wednesday, FOX Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick joined the chorus of critics calling it a bad idea.

Patrick said that the league always prioritizes revenue. If it were thinking about the fans, this isn’t something that would even be discussed.

The idea of flex scheduling was first introduced for NBC’s Sunday Night Football package in 2006. The goal was to make sure the prime time TV package could deliver high quality games every week.

“NBC did something that was brilliant where they were able to flex Sunday night games,” Patrick said. “Everyone wanted it.”

While the fate of flex scheduling for Thursdays remains up in the air, we do know that flex scheduling is coming to Monday Night Football on ESPN this season. Patrick, who worked for NBC when the practice was introduced, said that it always took care of one broadcast partner by screwing others.

“Networks were so upset that NBC would go ‘Hey, you know what? We’re gonna take that game and we’re gonna have it on Sunday night.’ Then FOX and CBS would be scrambling there.”

Dan Patrick suggested that perhaps Amazon’s Prime Video doesn’t deserve the same treatment as NBC or ESPN. Far fewer people watch the Thursday night game than any other primetime NFL contest.

Whether or not flex scheduling comes to Thursday Night Football, Patrick says it does not guarantee to change the package’s reputation for delivering largely unappealing games.

“I’ve long said it’s crazy to say you have to play Sunday and then turn around and play Thursday and we’d always go ‘Man, these Thursday games aren’t good,’” he concluded. “Well, was it the matchup or just the quality of play?”

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106.7 The Fan Extends Deal to Remain Washington Nationals Flagship

“We’re looking forward to continuing to serve as the home for everything Nats for the foreseeable future…”

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106.7 The Fan has announced it has reached a multi-year extension with the Washington Nationals to remain as the MLB club’s radio flagship.

Nationals fans will continue to hear game broadcasts on the station, and those living inside the club’s broadcast territory will be able to stream the radio broadcasts on the Audacy app.

“Opening Day is finally here and we’re thrilled to celebrate the return of baseball season by extending our partnership with the Washington Nationals,” said Audacy Washington D.C. Senior Vice President and Market Manager Ivy Savoy-Smith. “We’re looking forward to continuing to serve as the home for everything Nats for the foreseeable future and give the team’s fans a front row seat to the action on the field and top storylines throughout the year.”

The Nationals have called 106.7 The Fan home since the 2011 season. Beyond game broadcasts, the station will welcome Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo to The Sports Junkies every Wednesday at 9:00 AM throughout the season. The station will also air segments titled “Nats Insider”, hosted by broadcaster Dan Kolko that feature player interviews and features. Those segments will air all along the Nationals Radio Network.

“We couldn’t be happier to partner with Audacy in bringing Nationals fans even more of the interviews and exclusive access they love,” said Lerner Sports Group COO Alan H. Gottlieb. “From in-depth interviews with execs and top players, to off-the-field profiles and more Spanish and English bilingual content than ever before, Audacy offers a comprehensive look at our ball club from all angles.”

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Todd Markiewicz Departing 97.1 The Fan

“He has left an indelible mark in the Columbus market and within the sports/talk radio world by building The Fan with excellent programming, dominant ratings, and overall market share.”

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Longtime 97.1 The Fan Vice President and Market Manager Todd Markiewicz has announced he is leaving the sports radio station.

Markiewicz has been named the President of the 1870 Society, a Name, Image, and Likeness collective working with Ohio State athletics and Learfield to devise NIL strategy, fundraising, and logistics.

In an internal memo, Tegna Columbus President and General Manager John Cardenas credited Markiewicz for helping to establish the brand as “the powerhouse sports station in the country. He has left an indelible mark in the Columbus market and within the sports/talk radio world by building The Fan with excellent programming, dominant ratings, and overall market share.”

Markiewicz joined the station in 2010. Under his leadership, 97.1 The Fan has routinely ranked as the highest-rated station in the Columbus market.

His final day with the station will be Friday, May 26th.

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