In recent years, Olbermann has largely stayed away from sports broadcasting, focusing more on definitively political broadcasts. But Olbermann — who, along with Dan Patrick, formed the late, lamented "The Big Show" at ESPN (TV sports' equivalent of Led Zeppelin) — has always kept an eye on the sports pages.
"I do this anyway," Olbermann said on a conference call, speaking of his sportscasting. "Last postseason I did this in my home to the TV by myself."
Olbermann will work with Dennis Eckersley on TBS' studio show. He had previously worked in a similar capacity for both NBC and Fox in the late 1990s, and his pre-ESPN sports career began at CNN. However, this current arrangement will not include any appearances on that network.
While one of the most provocative figures in television news, Olbermann is also one of the most mercurial; his battles with his own management are industry legend. He laughed about possessing a "37-page resume," a reflection of the many positions he's held within the broadcast industry.
While this current gig will only last for the length of the postseason, Turner officials indicated that their hope was for a stable show for the future.
If nothing else, Olbermann ought to bring back his "Worst Person In The World" segment for the baseball audience. He certainly wouldn't lack for candidates.
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