When word for broke of a potential return by Keith Olbermann, the situation was described as “very fluid.” It didn’t take long for the fluid to turn to concrete.
ESPN has announced the Olbermann’s new show, Olbermann, will debut August 26 at 11:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2, the sister network Olbermann helped launch in 1993. Some think the looming arrival of FOX Sports 1 helped throw ESPN and Olbermann back together.
“Apart from the opportunity to try to create a nightly hour of sports television that no fan can afford to miss, I’m overwhelmed by the chance to begin anew with ESPN,” Olbermann said in a statement released by ESPN. “I’ve been gone for 16 years and not one day in that time has passed without someone connecting me to the network. Our histories are indelibly intertwined and frankly I have long wished that I had the chance to make sure the totality of that story would be a completely positive one. I’m grateful to friends and bosses — old and new — who have permitted that opportunity to come to pass. I’m not going to waste it.”
Actually, it’s the second time Olbermann has returned to ESPN. He previously joined on a regular basis Dan Patrick’s ESPN Radio show in a move that, at the time, was regarded as a full-blown hockey tournament in hell.
The Zamboni has now returned, and regardless of the network on which the show is broadcast it promises to be compelling and thought-provoking TV.
According to Josh Carpenter of SportsBusiness Daily, the show “will focus on the sports news of the night and will include highlights, commentary and guest contributors.” ESPN president John Skipper said there will be no ban on organic political commentary. “If politics happens to intersect with sports . . . we would expect Keith to have some point of view there,” Skipper said.
Agree or disagree with Olbermann, his point of view is always one worth considering.