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OLBERMANN SAYS ABC'S SPORTS SITCOM SOUNDS EERILY FAMILIAR
Published May 21, 1998
After ABC added "Sports Night," a sitcom starring Robert Guillaume loosely based on ESPN's "SportsCenter" to its fall lineup, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, a former ESPN anchor, said, "I suppose you could do a half-hour entertainment show based on 'SportsCenter.'" While the sitcom "might work," Olbermann said the "problem is the name. There's an awfully short corporate memory over there at ABC. ... Back when I worked at ESPN, we started something called ESPN2, and they made me go and do the flagship show of the new network. Flagship. Flagship like 'Titanic' was a flagship. The show was so bad it was selected as the seventh-worst thing to happen in sports in the year 1993, by Sports Illustrated. ... The name of this abomination? 'Sports Night.' Good luck, boys" (MSNBC, 5/20).