Keith Olbermann and ESPN have parted ways yet again …
As reported at THR, television personality Keith Olbermann and ESPN are parting ways for a second time. It turns out that Olbermann is even too liberal for what I like to refer to now as LESPN, liberal entertainment sports programming network. ESPN is looking to cut $100 million from next year’s budget and $250 million from 2017′s budget. According to BI, network executives had asked Olbermann to ditch his leased Times Square studio, where his program is produced for ESPN2, and either move to the network’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut or to Los Angeles, However, the biggest sticking point appeared to be that as a part of an extension of his 2 year deal, the network wanted him to stop offering commentary on his program. What, Olbermann not allowed to spew his venom? No way, that was a deal breaker. But when one thinks about it, opinion commentary and criticizing sports hardly seems like a money maker for those in the sports entertainment industry. Especially when these days ESPN is not the only game in town.
Keith Olbermann is exiting ESPN once again.
The television personality, who rejoined the sports network in August 2013, won’t be renewing his deal to anchor his ESPN2 program. The news follows a THR report on July 1, noting that ESPN management floated an ultimately unworkable caveat: that Olbermann cease engaging in commentary.
“Keith is a tremendous talent who has consistently done timely, entertaining and thought-provoking work since returning to ESPN,” the network said in a statement. “While the show’s content was distinctive and extremely high quality, we ultimately made a business decision to move in another direction. We wish Keith nothing but the best and trust that his skill and ability will lead him to another promising endeavor.”
“Keith is a tremendous talent who has consistently done timely, entertaining and thought-provoking work since returning to ESPN. While the show’s content was distinctive and extremely high quality, we ultimately made a business decision to move in another direction. We wish Keith nothing but the best and trust that his skill and ability will lead him to another promising endeavor.”
Although I admit there is very little that I agree will politically with Keith Olbermann, he did have some solid commentary when it came to sports and the actions of sports athletes. None could I agree more that when he spoke out against domestic violence and asked viewers to boycott the NFL Draft because of Jameis Winston and not watch the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight because of Mayweather’s long past of domestic violence charges,
Keith Olbermann Says, “Time To Draw The Line” … Boycott the NFL Draft (Jameis Winston) and Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Boxing Fight to Show Support Against Domestic Violence
YOU KNOW, I ACTUALLY FIND MYSELF AGREEING FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH KEITH OLBERMANN …
When it comes to politics, Keith Olbermann is a LEFT-wing loon; however, he is spot on with his analysis with sports and domestic violence. In the VIDEO below, Olbermann is reminding Americans with a conscience that you have choices and where we as sports fans and human beings draw the line with regards to domestic violence in this country. This coming Thursday is the NFL Draft and if all mock drafts are correct, Florida State’s QB Jamison Winston will be the #1 pick. An individual who has more issues and baggage, including claims of sexual assault, battery and domestic violence, but the NFL just looks the other way. Winston is currently the defendant in a civil suit, claiming sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment and “intentional infliction of emotional distress arising out of forcible rape.” Then next weekend there is the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao boxing match where Floyd Mayweather’s record of criminal violence against women might be more impressive that his record. Olbermann asks America that it is time to draw the line. ESPN’s Keith Olbermann argued on his show that sports fans can take a stand against domestic violence by boycotting both events.
“The choices are about where we as sports fans, where we as human beings, draw the line about domestic violence in this country. Jameis Winston is still likely to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Jameis Winston, with an overall public conduct record that makes Johnny Manziel look like a hall monitor, and fresh from making a public excuse for walking out of a supermarket with three pounds of crab legs that is so completely nonsensical that it sounds like it was dreamt up by the crab legs.
The juries have already ruled on Floyd Mayweather, five times. In a report this afternoon on Outside the Lines John Barr told of Floyd Mayweather’s record of criminal violence against women, which cascades down upon you like an avalanche…. You will support this excuse for a man? You will help him continue to behave as if his conduct is acceptable in the 21st century, or the 20th, or the 19th? I won’t.
I actually agree with Keith Olbermann on this one, he is correct.
Keith Olbermann, The worst hire in the world …
The NY Daily News is reporting that Keith Olbermannn may be returning to ESPN. Olbermann worked at ESPN from from 1992 to 1997 and has expressed recently wanting to return. Are you kidding? Obviously the suits at ESPN have forgot what an obnoxious nuisance and PITA that Olbermann was when he first worked there. Hey ESPN, have you forgot when Olbermann referred to ESPN’s Bristol, CT headquarters as a “godforsaken place?” Some how this lib is a sought after talent after being ousted from MSNBC and Current TV, Really? I think this tells us more of the direction of ESPN that it does Olbermann. Seriously, why would a network supposed to be about sports hire a liberal moonbat? Count me on the list of watching alternative sports networks if this is the direction that ESPN plans to go.
So this is ESPN’s response to Fox’s August launch of Fox Sports 1?
The Daily News has learned the Worldwide Leader is in serious discussions with Olbermann to host a New York-based late night talk show on ESPN2, according to industry sources. The sources said the situation was still “very fluid” and no decision on green-lighting Olbermann or the project had been made.
If the move is made, it could blunt the buzz Fox hopes to generate with its August launch of Fox Sports 1.
This could be the first shot in an all-sports cable TV war. The sources added that ESPN is also considering unleashing a multimillion-dollar “SportsCenter” advertising campaign/counterattack that would air around the launch of FS1.
Still, the timing of an Olbermann hire would be strange. Last month, Turner Sports hired him to host its Major League Baseball postseason studio show on TBS.
So this is what ESPN thinks is going to restore their viewership, after so many other networks, including NBC and FOX creating competition with sports networks? They have been raiding ESPN’s talent of late in an effort to challenge ESPN for market share. It just goes to show you though that TV exec’s have to be among so of the most stupid individuals alive. Who on early would rehire such a malcontent like Olbermann and some one who is so polarizing with his liberalism. Why would anyone hire some one where automatically 1/2 of America would not watch. ESPN boss John Skipper and the rest of the suits might be the “worst person in the world”.
UPDATE I: Hire Olbermann, but this was the same network who chastised PGA golfer Paul Azinger who criticized President Obama for playing to much golf? And felt the need to apologize for long time sports announcer Brent Musberger’s comments about Miss Alabama Katherine Webb during BCS Champ broadcast … “You quarterbacks, you get all the good looking women. What a beautiful woman… Whoa!” Yet they will hire and walking-talking lighting rod for ignorant and inflammatory comments?
Daily Commentary – Thursday, August 23, 2012 – Obama Administration Caught With Their Hands in the MSNBC Cookie Jar
- The labor department spent nearly $500k on ADs that ran on the Olbermann and Maddow shows on MSNBC in 2009
Daily Commentary – Thursday, August 23, 2012 Download
Your Hard Earned Tax Dollars at Work … US Labor Department Spends Stimulus Money for Ads During MSNBC Olbermann & Maddow Shows
Hmm … who knew that spending money for Obama ads on MSNBC by the US Department of Labor was a shovel ready job?
Shovel ready, the wasteful spending of the Obama stimulus fund appears to be more “propaganda” ready. Yup, your hard earned tax dollars down the tubes so that Barack Obama could promote and recruit young liberals for green jobs. But as stated by the Gateway Pundit, “the Obama administration said the decision to put the ads on MSNBC had nothing to do with politics.” Sure it didn’t. That’s why Obama would spend half a million dollars on green ads on a liberal network that no one watches. The commercials ran on MSNBC on shows hosted by Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann in 2009. Gee, and we thought these liberal hacks did Obama’s bidding for free.
The Labor Department paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal stimulus funds to a public relations firm to run more than 100 commercials touting the Obama administration’s “green training” job efforts on two MSNBC cable shows, records show.
The commercials ran on MSNBC on shows hosted by Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann in 2009, but the contract didn’t report any jobs created, according to records reviewed recently by The Washington Times.
Spending reports under the federal Recovery Act show $495,000 paid to McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations LLC, which the Labor Department hired to raise awareness “among employers and influencers about the [Job Corps] program’s existing and new training initiatives in high growth and environmentally friendly career areas” as well as spreading the word to prospective Job Corps enrollees.
No liberal media bias here and quid pro quo.
Keith Olbermann Fired From Al Gore’s Current TV, Replaced by Eliot Spitzer … Olbermann Threatens Law Suit
Keith Olberman fired again …
Who didn’t see this coming? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The same could be said with hiring Olbermann and thinking that it would not end in a bitter split. Just ask MSNBC and ESPN. Such was the case with Current TV today when they fired Keither Olbermann. According to accounts, Olbermann clashed early and often with Mr. Hyatt and Current TV execs.
For nearly a year now, Al Gore and Joel Hyatt have been building their liberal cable news channel, Current TV, with the mercurial television anchorman Keith Olbermann at its center.
This week, the center collapsed.
Current said on Friday afternoon that it had fired Mr. Olbermann — one of the nation’s most prominent progressive speakers — just a year into his five-year, $50 million contract. It was the culmination of months of murky disputes between Mr. Olbermann and the channel that he was supposed to save from the throes of ratings oblivion.
- Was he fired? Did he quit? Who knows. Glad he’s gone.
THE FAR LEFT IS IN MOURNING
The loony LEFT is not taking the demise of Keith Olbermann well. It has been just been a couple of days since Olbermann said farewell from MSNBC and the LEFT is still reeling with over the top, histrionic crazy talk. Moonbattery has some more tweets that will make you shake your head with the LEFT’s silliness.
What is most interesting about the “hue and cry” throughout moonbatland is the fact that so many feel that Keith Olbermann’s speech has been silenced as if he could never get another gig. Or cant he? If Olbermann is such a hero of the LEFT, I am sure some liberal media outlet would hire him on his merits. There are certainly enough liberal MSM outlets in the industry, if he adds any thing to the conversation.
Ultimately what does the LEFT have to say that their hero left MSNBC because of the $’s, not because of some noble progressive cause?
What is lost in all the over the top histrionics of the LEFT claiming to have lost their “progressive” voice and the squelching of free speech is that Keith Olbermann left MSNBC because he wanted more money. Simply speaking, Olbermann wanted more money, MSNBC disagreed and Keith Olbermann departed. As we learned, this was not a knee jerk reaction as seen by the last minute farewell from Olbermann, but weeks in the making of a contract negotiation. What will the LEFTthink that their hero was about money, not about the progressive cause? Yet in the end, Olbermann hardly has the ratings to play a game of chicken with management brass.