Keith Olbermann won't likely have any conservative-blasting "special comments" if he returns to ESPN. But a second turn at the sports network seems unlikely as well.
"At various times over the last year, Olbermann and his representatives have expressed interest in his return to the employer that made him famous: ESPN," reports The New York Times. That would be the very network from which Olbermann left in a huff in 1997. When Olbermann walked out at the end of his contract, an ESPN official was quoted saying Olbermann "didn't burn the bridges here, he napalmed them."
He's made a lot more enemies in the television business since then. Olbermann was a star MSNBC anchor, and in fact help push the cable network sharply to the left. He then went to Current TV, but left last year among bitter recriminations with then-owner Al Gore. Olbermann in fact was in Los Angeles on Friday being deposed for a reported $70 million lawsuit he filed against Current TV, with the trial expected to begin in May, according to The Times.
What's often forgotten about Olbermann is the mark he made early in his career as a pioneering sportscaster in Los Angeles, at KTLA and KCBS. His work there earned him 11 Golden Mike Awards, and he was named best sportscaster by the California Associated Press three times.
Via The New York Times, and Politix analysis.