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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"?
 
2013-07-17 11:16:43 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.


I don't have a nephew, especially one that works for a cable company, but those figures have been around for years.

i0.wp.com
 
2013-07-17 11:18:57 AM
Well I guess ESPN wants to keep riding the personalities of contentious assholes  for ratings instead of covering Sports even if it costs them 1/2 their damned viewers. And it probably will.
 
2013-07-17 11:24:46 AM
This would have been cool a decade ago, now it reeks of desperation from both parties.

/fark espn
 
2013-07-17 11:26:03 AM

violentsalvation: Oh wait, I incorrectly assumed it was Rush Limbaugh..

Just kidding.


omg

put Rush Limbaugh and Keith Olbermann on at the same time. ESPN Assholes Tonight. that would be incredible.
 
2013-07-17 11:41:02 AM

JohnnyRebel88: 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.


Which is amusing, considering Kilborn was essentially Olbermann as a fratboy.
 
2013-07-17 11:59:11 AM

TheJoe03: 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.


THIS BAH GAWD

/liked it when he very quickly called Bud Selig, "Acting commissioner for life."
 
2013-07-17 12:02:13 PM

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.


He's trying to imply that Olbermann's opinions are as obsolescent as Rooney's. How precious. In the meantime, Triumph's opinions are read by tens of Farkers, and judged pointless by tens of Farkers. Tens of us, I tell you!
 
2013-07-17 12:23:53 PM

bluorangefyre: TheJoe03: 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.

THIS BAH GAWD

/liked it when he very quickly called Bud Selig, "Acting commissioner for life."


Also: Gianluca Paliuca~!
 
2013-07-17 01:26:59 PM
Why would ESPN take that douchenozzle back? Has he got dirt on someone in Bristol?
 
2013-07-17 01:27:12 PM

RevMercutio: Which is amusing, considering Kilborn was essentially Olbermann as a fratboy


It's probably not good when you leave shows and the guy after you ends up being a big improvement.  The Stewart version of The Daily Show, the Ferguson version of the Late Late Show, both much better than Kilborn's if you ask me.
 
2013-07-17 01:28:33 PM

legion_of_doo: violentsalvation: Oh wait, I incorrectly assumed it was Rush Limbaugh..

Just kidding.

omg

put Rush Limbaugh and Keith Olbermann on at the same time. ESPN Assholes Tonight. that would be incredible.


I would watch that before I watched bayless and stephen a.
 
2013-07-17 01:59:18 PM
 
2013-07-17 02:02:39 PM

ISO15693: They need to bring back the cheesy synth Vangelis theme they used in the 80's


farm7.staticflickr.com

/next, you'll be pissing in the Carl Sagan Memorial Marijuana Field
 
2013-07-17 02:50:05 PM

JohnnyRebel88: 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.


This. Craig Kilborn was great..where the hell did he disappear too?
 
2013-07-17 03:06:56 PM
I'm more of a Keith Olbermug fan.
si0.twimg.com
 
2013-07-17 03:36:58 PM

Incorrigible Astronaut: 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.


Sounds like SportsNation or NFL32 are on the chopping block now. Sad for SportsNation, 'cuz it used to be a really good show until they decided they didn't need Beadle or Blowhard to make it work. Uhm, yes they did.
 
2013-07-17 03:41:51 PM

TheJoe03: 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.


From another source:

Olbermann says that despite some premature reports, there is no clause in his contract that will prevent him from talking politics - a career path he had recently on MSNBC and on Current TV as a pundit.

Which is good, because I think just talking about stuff like steroids in baseball, Victor Cruz's reaction to the Zimmerman case, or even the Aaron Hernandez saga, will veer into the political arena.
 
2013-07-17 03:46:12 PM
Wasn't Olbermann a friend of FARK years ago?
 
2013-07-17 04:22:29 PM

ManateeGag: As long as he talks baseball, I'm in.


This.
 
2013-07-17 05:00:35 PM

OtherLittleGuy: ISO15693: They need to bring back the cheesy synth Vangelis theme they used in the 80's

[farm7.staticflickr.com image 640x480]

/next, you'll be pissing in the Carl Sagan Memorial Marijuana Field


Sorry, I was more of a Tangerine Dream fan back then. Vangelis always reminded me of "Zamfir and his Pan Flute" for some reason.
 
2013-07-17 05:28:49 PM
Olbermann is not a bad wordsmith.  His politics just suck ass.  That is all.
 
2013-07-17 05:28:52 PM
As someone that doesn't watch sportscenter or any of their other shows aside from actual games, I say good. Those two deserve each other.
 
2013-07-17 06:48:09 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Olbermann is not a bad wordsmith.  His politics just suck ass.  That is all.


His politics seem to suck because people cannot handle the truth.
 
2013-07-17 07:05:39 PM
I'd watch the reality TV version where ESPN middle management tries to get him to include the NFL, Tebow and the days trending news in every broadcast.

/After the All Star Game, switch to ESPN because the game was so good to get some extra coverage... they are talking about Mark Sanchez
 
2013-07-17 07:24:28 PM
Oh thank God. How many of us have lamented the shameful lack of talking heads on ESPN? Too much actual sports programming, we cry! More analyses by pudgy 50 year old white guys is what we crave
 
2013-07-17 08:54:26 PM

Rwa2play: fatalvenom: UNC_Samurai: Tom Mees?

That idea won't float.



/same me a window seat
//non-smoking


Unfortunately I'm a smoker, so we can't share a joke...oh wait, you can't smoke on sky birds anymore.

/I felt bad about that reference
//but I loved Tom Mees on the NHL broadcasts
///Gary Thorne and Bill Clement forever
 
2013-07-17 11:00:25 PM
Guess who won't be watching that arrogant asshole?
 
2013-07-18 12:23:29 AM

John Buck 41: Guess who won't be watching that arrogant asshole?


Sarah Palin?

Ann Coulter?

Rush?

Glenn Beck?

Rick Perry?

Oh no...wait, I've got it...Dick Nixon
 
2013-07-18 03:59:14 PM

Yakk: I'd watch the reality TV version where ESPN middle management tries to get him to include the NFL, Tebow and the days trending news in every broadcast.

/After the All Star Game, switch to ESPN because the game was so good to get some extra coverage... they are talking about Mark Sanchez


ESPN has pretty much become the NFL Network2.
 
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