How many Americans refused to watch Sunday Night Football in recent years as a result of Keith Olbermann's involvement?
That's certainly a question the folks at NBC likely have asked themselves since inviting the highly partisan and divisive "Countdown" host to be a part of the festivities associated with NFL football on Sunday evenings.
With this in mind, a highly respected sports website announced Thursday that Olbermann will no longer be involved in NBC's "Football Night in America."
I'm told that NBC News officials requested the move, citing Olbermann's weekday commitment to MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann. During the 2009 NFL season, Olbermann periodically did not appear on Friday editions of Countdown.
Network television sources confirmed to me that Olbermann's departure from FNIA was not due to any conflict with cast or production crew members. I was also given no indication that Olbermann's politics had anything to do with the move.
- Do you believe that Olbermann's departure from this program had nothing to do with his politics?
- Are you more likely to watch Sunday night football now that Olbermann is no longer involved?
Yes, those were both rhetorical questions, but I couldn't resist.