OLBERMANN SAYS ABC'S SPORTS SITCOM SOUNDS EERILY FAMILIAR
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).