Keith Olbermann’s career on television has been a series of ups and downs. As co-anchor on the late-night SportsCenter with Dan Patrick, he helped to define what made that show, and ESPN itself, great in the early 1990s. After that, though, he’s bounced around from network to network, covering sports sometimes, but mostly just espousing political opinions that even many of his allies on the left side of the aisle can find to be a bit much.
Now, though, according to the Hollywood Reporter, he’s returning to cable television in a non-political capacity, to head up Turner Sports’ coverage of the Major League Baseball postseason.
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The deal will have Olbermann leading TBS’ Atlanta-based studio show with Dennis Eckersley and possibly a second analyst. TBS this season has both Wild Card Playoff games, 18 of the 20 League Division Series games and exclusive rights to the National League Championship Series. Sources say the deal has an option for the 2014 postseason as well.
“It’s well known that Keith is a fan of the game and when you combine that with his studio experience, keen insight and passion for baseball and its history, he’ll add a new dimension to our MLB postseason studio shows,” David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports at Turner Broadcasting, said in a statement. “We’re excited to have him join Dennis in studio, and look forward to Keith sharing his in-depth knowledge of the game, MLB teams and players with our viewers for three great weeks in October.”
Olbermann’s last job had him getting fired from the liberal-leaning Current TV, where he hosted a version of the show Countdown that he originated on MSNBC. Since this is a short gig, one can hope that he’ll find a way not to get fired.