Keith Olbermann is back covering sports. The former SportsCenter anchor and fiery political pundit will be hosting TBS' MLB studio show during the postseason this year. Dennis Eckersley will be on set with Olbermann, while former studio analyst Cal Ripken Jr will be transitioning to the broadcast booth for the playoffs.
Ripken will join Ernie Johnson and Ron Darling, who signed a long-term extension with Turner, in the booth and the trio will broadcast one of the Wild Card games, one of the Division Series matchups, and the NLCS. Brian Anderson and John Smoltz will also broadcast one of the Division Series matchups along with one of TBS' two Wild Card games.
But the real story here is Olbermann, whose future role was up in the air after his contentious departure from Current TV last year. He did some work for MLB Network in the offseason, and that seemed like the most logical landing point for him. ESPN began making a play for him late in the proceedings to everyone's surprise, but Turner didn't seem to be on anyone's radar until... well, until now. It'll be interesting to see if Olbermann has a role with Turner past this year's playoffs, or if this is just a temporary thing. At the very least, it's a pretty suave move from Turner to at least get people talking about their playoff coverage this year.
Another under the radar note in the press release is the announcement that Ron Darling had signed a long-term extension with Turner. I named Darling as the top candidate to replace the retiring Tim McCarver at Fox for the 2014 season, and with him off the table, Fox is going to need to look at other options. Darling's coworker at Turner, John Smoltz, now seems like the best bet to take over McCarver's seat next to Joe Buck.
Olberman is a lousy human being; an arrogant know-nothing who wants nothing more than to impose his beliefs on everyone else. TBS will absolutely off limits as long as he is on the air!
This mens that Keith Olbermann will be taking over as the Studo Host for the MLB Playoffs on Turner, after Matt Winer did it for the last 3 years too!!!
SpringRubber brings up a good point, does Turner still have David Wells as a Live Game Analyst for the MLB Regular Season and as a Studio Analyst for the MLB All-Star Selection show and MLB Playoffs???
Because he has worked for Turner for the last 4 years and if he dosen't work for them anymore, than Turner wo't be able to do his Gone Huntin segment for teams that got knocked out o the MLB Playoffs too!!!
Olbermann is a passionate baseball fan, and knows not to inject politics where it doesn't belong. Good hire.
I'm not a Joe Buck fan at all but FOX hasn't done him favors with having him teamed up with Troy Aikman & Tim McCarver. I think they both drag him down even lower than where he is on his own.
Interesting signing I figured Olbermann for a radio spot somewhere, like his former tag team partner Dan Patrick! At this point I'd wish Fox 86 Buck with McCarved up's retirement! I guess that wont happen! Perfect solution would be Jon Miller since jeez does he even still do Sunday Night for the Eastern Sports Programming Network? Anybody but Joe Buck honestly!
@CUbsfan I would be glad to see David Wells out of TBS. He never seemed like a good TV personality, and all of the "humor" bits involving him seemed forced.
@SpringRubber SpringRubber i haven't seen David Wells workas an analst for TBS MLB Sunday yet this year, so i have a feeling that TBS let him go,after he has worked for them the last 4 years!!!
@Kelly Ciesielski Kelly Jon Miller hasn't worked ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball,theMLB Division Series, AlCS or NLCS and Word Series for ESPN Radio since 2010 and insead of being the San Francisco Giants main Radio analyst while working as their TV PBP man for the 1-3 and 7-9th innings of San Francisco Giant's games on KNTV, likely he has always done, even while he was working Sunday Night Baseball during the MLB Regular Season, an OPening Day Game and Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day game, when ESPN aired MLB games on Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day!!!