Keith Olbermann Returning to ESPN

James Andrew Miller, writing for The New York Times:

ESPN is expected to announce on Wednesday that the former network mainstay Keith Olbermann, who contentiously departed in 1997, will return to host a one-hour, nightly show for ESPN2 later this year, according to three executives with knowledge of the deal but not authorized to speak about it publicly.


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.

Glad to hear this — Olbermann and Dan Patrick were great together on SportsCenter.

An interesting caveat to Olbermann's return: his contract stipulates that while he's free to discuss topics outside of sports on his new show, anything political is off-limits.