Olbermann returns to ESPN - but forbidden to talk politics

Keith Olbermann, late of current TV, late of MSNBC, late of CNN - well, you get the picture. Keith can't hold a job because he's got a big mouth and no sense.

That combination fits perfectly on ESPN.

Olbermann will make his return to television at the network where he first made a name for himself. Paired with Dan Patrick in the 1990's to anchor ESPN's signature broadcast, "Sportscenter," Olbermann's snarky cynicism about professional sports and athletes was a breath of fresh air from the usual fare of hero worship and highlight reels offered by local news outlets.

Olbermann willl host a weeknight show on the sports network beginning in the fall. But Olbermann's return will have one big catch; he won't be able to talk about politics.

TV Newser:

Former MSNBC and Current TV host Keith Olbermann is returning to the place that made him a household name, ESPN. A source at the channel confirms that Olbermann will host a new late-night talk show on ESPN2, covering sports and pop culture, with the official announcement expected later today.

In the NY Times, ESPN: Those Guys Have All The Fun author James Andrew Miller has more:

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...

While some ESPN insiders reportedly voiced the opinion that Olbermann was part of the network's past, not its future, his star quality is almost unmatched in the sports television arena; he seems to draw a crowd.

Olbermann is expected to host his show from the ABC "Nightline" studio overlooking Times Square.

This is the second new soports job that Olbermann has secured in recent months. He will host TBS' studio coverage of the MLB Playoffs later this year. At the time he said he was open to pursuing other opportunities as well.

We should start a pool to guess how long Olbermann will last before succumbing to the temptation to talk politics and get himself fired. My guess is between 3 weeks and a month. I feel pretty certain it won't be long.