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Kenny Mayne to host 2-Minute Drill

August 9, 2000

Popular SportsCenter anchor Kenny Mayne will host ESPN's 2-Minute Drill, it was announced today by Michael Davies, developer of the new sports trivia game show and executive producer of ABC's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? The half-hour show -- which will combine the drama of Millionaire with ESPN's personality and passion for sports - will be taped in front of a studio audience in New York.

"This show was always developed with Kenny Mayne in mind and we're delighted that he has agreed to do it," said Davies. "He doesn't dress as well as Regis Philbin, but he does have really big hands. So did Monty Hall."

ESPN's 2-Minute Drill will debut Monday, Sept. 11 and continue on Mondays with a Thursday edition added beginning October 12. Its 26-episode fall season run will culminate with the championship on Christmas, Monday, Dec 25. The show will re-air twice each week on ESPN2.

"I watched a lot of $10,000 Pyramid as a kid, and watch Jeopardy with my wife, so I have the vast experience needed to handle this assignment," said Mayne. "I am truly excited to work with Michael Davies. He has a thick British accent and I haven't understood a word he said other than, I have the job."

Mayne -- known for his offbeat style, dry but witty humor, and unique home run calls such as "I am amused by the simplicity of this game!" -- serves as co-anchor of the 11 p.m., 1 or 2 a.m. ET SportsCenter shows. He became a SportsCenter anchor in 1995, and writes a weekly column on horse racing for ESPN.com.

Mayne joined ESPN2 in May 1994 as a SportsSmash anchor, providing five-minute score and news reports every half-hour, and as a feature reporter for SportsNight. From September 1995 to August 1997, he served as the original host of ESPN2's weekend auto racing news and highlights programs, Sunday morning's RPM 2Day and RPM 2Night on Saturday and Sunday.

Prior to joining ESPN, Mayne had served as a freelance reporter and field producer for the network from 1990-1994. He worked for KSTW-TV in the Tacoma/Seattle, Wash., market from 1982-89, serving as a production assistant, news writer, weekend sports anchor and weekday news reporter.

Mayne is a 1982 graduate of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where he earned a 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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