SBD/March 5, 2013/Media
Critics Weigh In On Reports Of Keith Olbermann's Interest In Returning To ESPN
Published March 5, 2013
NOT SO FAST: SPORTS ON EARTH’s Will Leitch wrote Olbermann back at ESPN is “a historically awful idea, and I'm pretty sure ESPN agrees with me.” But it is “worth unpacking anyway, to try to understand what Olbermann might possibly be thinking.” Leitch: “I understand why Olbermann would consider a return to ESPN. Like many people, particularly those around my age group, I consider Olbermann on ESPN iconic.” Olbermann, along “with (to a lesser extent, Dan Patrick), changed sports, and sports coverage, and ESPN does him a disservice if it fails to remember that.” Patrick and Olbermann as “SportsCenter” co-hosts “made that show must-watch, even if you weren't a sports fan.” Still, a personality as big as Olbermann had become “could never thrive at ESPN anymore.” It is “impossible to imagine him throwing it to Stephen A. Smith and Eric Mangini for the Coors Light Cold Hard Facts without wanting to kill himself.” Leitch wondered what else Olbermann could do as it is “tough to see him having some sort of ‘Countdown’-esque show.” Leitch concluded: “I'm a big fan of the guy. He's one of the reasons I ended up working in sports. But if he really thinks this ESPN thing could possibly work, he's a lunatic. The ESPN you once knew is gone, Keith. It's been gone for a long, long time” (SPORTSONEARTH.com, 3/4).