Olbermann Gets Late Night Show on ESPN2, Can't Discuss Politics

It appears people really don't learn from their mistakes.

Despite Keith Olbermann departing ESPN in 1997 under a cloud of controversy, the sports channel is reportedly giving him his own late night program with the caveat that he doesn't discuss politics.

The New York Times reported Wednesday:

ESPN is expected to announce on Wednesday that the former network mainstay Keith Olbermann, who contentiously departed in 1997, will return to host a one-hour, nightly show for ESPN2 later this year, according to three executives with knowledge of the deal but not authorized to speak about it publicly. [...]

The move to bring Olbermann back after a 16-year absence was the result of 14 months of intense discussion within ESPN and its parent, the Walt Disney Company.

Within ESPN, there was concern about asking Olbermann back because he left the network under emotionally charged circumstances and because it was feared by some that Olbermann had become too politicized as the host of his interim MSNBC program “Countdown,” which aired from 2003 through January 2011.

On his new show, Olbermann will be free to discuss matters other than sports, including pop culture and current events, but not politics, the two-year pact specifies.

Will Olbermann be able to abide by the rules and avoid politics?

This media analyst highly doubts it and envisions problems arising within twelve months.

In fact, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Las Vegas or some online gambling website sets odds on Olbermann's departure.

Stay tuned.

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.