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(The New York Times)   Guess who's coming back to ESPN?   (nytimes.com) divider line 79
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2013-07-16 11:56:51 PM
As long as he talks baseball, I'm in.
 
2013-07-17 12:00:51 AM
The man is a human boomerang.
 
2013-07-17 12:08:49 AM
Good for him, that's where he shined, sanely.
 
2013-07-17 12:10:06 AM

violentsalvation: Good for him, that's where he shined, sanely.


yes and making him keep politics out of it will help immensely.
 
2013-07-17 12:14:33 AM
I've always liked him.  Even when I disagree with him, I find him insightful and provocative.  I especially admire his willingness to speak his mind even when it's unpopular to do so.

The only other person to get away with bucking ESPN is Tony Kornheiser -my favorite sports writer.
 
2013-07-17 12:36:34 AM
Howard Cosell?

/Wait... no... that's not right...
 
2013-07-17 12:50:58 AM
Oh wait, I incorrectly assumed it was Rush Limbaugh..

Just kidding.
 
2013-07-17 02:34:46 AM
Certainly not viewers.
 
2013-07-17 02:36:33 AM

Frederick: The only other person to get away with bucking ESPN is Tony Kornheiser -my favorite sports writer.


Is Andy Rooney your favorite opinion writer too?
 
2013-07-17 04:21:12 AM

Triumph: Frederick: The only other person to get away with bucking ESPN is Tony Kornheiser -my favorite sports writer.

Is Andy Rooney your favorite opinion writer too?


I dont get the connection.  But, no, I am not an Andy Rooney fan; although I am only really familiar with his work on 60 minutes after he was way past his prime.
 
2013-07-17 06:31:29 AM
Good. I don't care if the guy is a raging a-hole in real life. If you can get him to stay on sports, he's an amazing broadcaster.

Triumph: Certainly not viewers.


This is a lot better than the nonstop "debate" crap that they have right now, and it's only one hour on ESPN2. Outside of SportsCenter, PTI, and the occasional episode of 30 for 30, the channels are damn near unwatchable.
 
2013-07-17 06:36:41 AM
Wow. That must have been pretty humbling for Olbermann to come back and muzzled from talking about politics to boot. I guess it became too difficult to pick up twenty-something girls while running a pretend news network for Al Gore from your mom's basement. That said, I'll watch. I miss his Sportscenter days.
 
2013-07-17 06:49:44 AM
Guess who's not going to watch ESPN!

/this guy
 
2013-07-17 06:50:17 AM
ESPN sucks so much....so I guess that makes sense.
 
2013-07-17 06:50:23 AM
Since he's not allowed to talk politics, this seems like a good move, he knows his sports and he's probably more intelligent than most of the other analysts and hosts on that channel.
 
2013-07-17 07:07:45 AM
Oh man, I used to love Guess Who when I was a kid.  Is your sportscaster a raving blowhard?
 
2013-07-17 07:12:52 AM
I wish they would bring back Craig Kilborn as well ,however since he took a shot at Keith last time he hosted, I don't foresee that happening anytime soon.
 
2013-07-17 07:20:06 AM
Tom Mees?
 
2013-07-17 07:24:32 AM
Sidney Poitier?
 
2013-07-17 07:27:27 AM
FTA -- "The move to bring Olbermann back after a 16-year absence was the result of 14 months of intense discussion within ESPN and its parent, the Walt Disney Company."

Because, after all, Olbermann is certifiably farking Goofy.
 
2013-07-17 07:27:32 AM
They're not gonna get him...

He's back
 
2013-07-17 07:39:38 AM

Frederick: Triumph: Frederick: The only other person to get away with bucking ESPN is Tony Kornheiser -my favorite sports writer.

Is Andy Rooney your favorite opinion writer too?

I dont get the connection.  But, no, I am not an Andy Rooney fan; although I am only really familiar with his work on 60 minutes after he was way past his prime.


Kornheiser on PTI is similar to Rooney on 60 minutes in that respect. He's a clown version of his earlier self (who wasn't exactly all that serious to begin with). I still watch, but more because I am a DC native and he may be a cranky old git past his prime, but he's  our cranky old git dammit!
 
2013-07-17 07:50:50 AM

CheatCommando: He's a clown version of his earlier self (who wasn't exactly all that serious to begin with). I still watch, but more because I am a DC native and he may be a cranky old git past his prime, but he's our cranky old git dammit!



the summer he got suspended (about a decade ago), i was in DC and streamed his show live. during the "comercials", the mics were live and as the cliche goes, "the best show is the stuff you don't get to hear".  He was profane, he'd murder guests that didn't deliver, and he'd yell at the producers about the bookings they got and those they didn't.  "i can't get ___ in 30 minutes because Bristol wants him in three hours?  Then why am I farking here!  Who the fark is running this show? you guys are farking killing me!" it was hilarious.

was not surprising when he got suspended.
 
2013-07-17 08:07:11 AM
I have a nephew that works for Cox cable mid-level management who told me that around $5-6 dollars of your cable bill goes to ESPN costs each month. There was an article in Variety in just the past couple days that claimed if satellite providers and cable companies were forced to offer 'ala carte' programming, that only about 20 national television broadcasting would have the viewership, infrastructure and customer base they need to survive.

The Variety article cited that Wall Street executives estimated that a customer would have to pay almost $30 per month to get stand-alone ESPN, partly because of their exclusive contracts with NCAA football and other exclusive sports broadcasting contracts.
ESPN is one of Disney's largest moneymakers, exceeding theme park and movie revenues during most quarters.

Oh, and welcome back Keith.
 
2013-07-17 08:08:38 AM
unless he is actually playing a sport, I don't care

/had enough of ESPN's "analysts" programs
 
2013-07-17 08:12:50 AM
"From way down town...bang!"
 
2013-07-17 08:16:24 AM

jakomo002: Sidney Poitier?


I call him Mr. Tibbs
 
2013-07-17 08:22:23 AM

Frederick: I've always liked him.  Even when I disagree with him, I find him insightful and provocative.  I especially admire his willingness to speak his mind even when it's unpopular to do so.

The only other person to get away with bucking ESPN is Tony Kornheiser -my favorite sports writer.


Olberman is a smug douche and its not like he has any choice since he's burned all his bridges while pissing off almost every boss he ever had.

Doesn't matter ESPN sucks and doesn't get turned on until college football season.
 
2013-07-17 08:26:37 AM

UNC_Samurai: Tom Mees?


That idea won't float.
 
2013-07-17 08:27:20 AM
Favre Tebow?
 
2013-07-17 08:33:43 AM
I wonder if "Miss Precious Perfect" will make guest appearances??????

chrismatthewsleg.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-07-17 08:36:02 AM
"ESPN executives said Olbermann will help it face the challenge presented by the launch of Fox Sports 1, a rival all-sports network that just announced plans for a potentially similar series to star Regis Philbin, 82."

What in the holy fark?

"Caremlo with the three, IT'S A GOOD ONE!"
 
2013-07-17 08:47:41 AM

browneye: The man is a human boomerang.


Well, one that destroys your hand right after you throw it away.
 
2013-07-17 08:55:52 AM
I'm sure Bill O'Reilly sometimes wishes he could go back to journalism.
 
2013-07-17 09:01:00 AM
Rob Parker?

assets.nydailynews.com
 
2013-07-17 09:40:45 AM

TonnageVT: "ESPN executives said Olbermann will help it face the challenge presented by the launch of Fox Sports 1, a rival all-sports network that just announced plans for a potentially similar series to star Regis Philbin, 82."

What in the holy fark?

"Caremlo with the three, IT'S A GOOD ONE!"


The Decision 2: Electric Boogaloo

"LeBron, you have two lifelines left..."
 
2013-07-17 09:55:41 AM

Dahnkster: I have a nephew that works for Cox cable mid-level management who told me that around $5-6 dollars of your cable bill goes to ESPN costs each month. There was an article in Variety in just the past couple days that claimed if satellite providers and cable companies were forced to offer 'ala carte' programming, that only about 20 national television broadcasting would have the viewership, infrastructure and customer base they need to survive.

The Variety article cited that Wall Street executives estimated that a customer would have to pay almost $30 per month to get stand-alone ESPN, partly because of their exclusive contracts with NCAA football and other exclusive sports broadcasting contracts.
ESPN is one of Disney's largest moneymakers, exceeding theme park and movie revenues during most quarters.

Oh, and welcome back Keith.


So what you're saying is, socialism is only evil if it's for the people.
 
2013-07-17 09:59:23 AM
I would actually watch SportsCenter again if he and Dan Patrick were hosts.
 
2013-07-17 10:10:55 AM
I guessed it.
 
2013-07-17 10:22:34 AM
Guess who's back
on ESPN
Shaddy's back
tell a friend

guess who's back
guess who's back
guess who's back
guess who's back
 
2013-07-17 10:40:58 AM
ESPN used to be awesome. They've had a great run but now, with a couple exceptions, the network sucks. It's gone from can't get enough to basically unwatchable.

/always liked keith
//him and dan were the bomb together
 
2013-07-17 10:41:22 AM
I'm sure the interns will be just thrilled.  I doubt you'd fine one person that would call him a good co-worker.
 
2013-07-17 10:44:39 AM
Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless will probably be upset with this move threatening the integrity of the network.
 
2013-07-17 10:48:14 AM
Would've gone with a "Hell freezes over" entry...but this will do. :)
 
2013-07-17 10:48:16 AM
I kept mentally saying: Please not Olbermann! Please not Olbermann! Please not Olbermann! and it was Olbermann. Ugh!
 
2013-07-17 10:48:49 AM

Frederick: I've always liked him.  Even when I disagree with him, I find him insightful and provocative.  I especially admire his willingness to speak his mind even when it's unpopular to do so.

The only other person to get away with bucking ESPN is Tony Kornheiser -my favorite sports writer.


PTI = Awesomeness.  That is all.
 
2013-07-17 10:49:59 AM

Incorrigible Astronaut: This is a lot better than the nonstop "debate" crap that they have right now, and it's only one hour on ESPN2. Outside of SportsCenter, PTI, and the occasional episode of 30 for 30, the channels are damn near unwatchable.


Pretty much this.
 
2013-07-17 10:51:06 AM

fatalvenom: UNC_Samurai: Tom Mees?

That idea won't float.


moviecitynews.com

/same me a window seat
//non-smoking
 
2013-07-17 10:55:46 AM

HST's Dead Carcass: I kept mentally saying: Please not Olbermann! Please not Olbermann! Please not Olbermann! and it was Olbermann. Ugh!


So you'd rather it be Kilborn?
 
2013-07-17 11:01:01 AM

TonnageVT: "ESPN executives said Olbermann will help it face the challenge presented by the launch of Fox Sports 1, a rival all-sports network that just announced plans for a potentially similar series to star Regis Philbin, 82."

What in the holy fark?

"Caremlo with the three, IT'S A GOOD ONE!"


I was absolutely thinking that Fox Sports 1 would be a third legitimate competitor in the national sports network business until I saw that. Is there any overlap between "sports fans" and "people who still give a shiat about Regis"?
 
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