Outspoken Olbermann to host MLB postseason show on TBS

Published On June 5, 2013 | By Sarah Kirkpatrick

Keith Olbermann, a sports journalist turned political journalist, is returning to his roots. The former host of Countdown with Keith Olbermann recently signed on with Turner Sports to host a Major League Baseball postseason show on TBS starting this October.

Olbermann was in sports journalism for the first 20 years of his career before moving on to political journalism. He covered sports for CNN and local stations in the 1980s, cohosted SportsCenter from 1992 to 1997 and worked for Fox Sports Net until 2001. After that, he worked for MSNBC until 2011 when he moved on to work for Current TV.

His involvement in political journalism and his outspoken nature have made Olbermann a controversial figure in the public eye. Another controversial point is Olbermann’s tendency to jump from career to career instead of staying with a single network for an extended period of time.

Olbermann said he would not be looking to pursue other careers while working for TBS.

“It’s my goal as well [for longevity in the new job], but the safety valve here is my season is about a month long,” Olbermann said during a conference call about his new gig. “And if you go through the 37 pages of my resume you will notice every one of my jobs has lasted at least a month.”

Perhaps returning to his background will give him an opportunity to tone down the public’s opinion about him. Indeed, Olbermann said he was devoted to and excited about this new career in baseball.

“[Am I] Open to pursuing other things? Of course. Planning on it? No. Need to? Fortunately not. I’m focused on this [TBS baseball job],” Olbermann said. “This is my meat and potatoes and my passion.”

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Sarah is a Seattle native studying journalism at Boston University. She covers track and field, cross country and women’s hockey and is Sports Editor at The Daily Free Press, BU’s independent student newspaper. You can follow her on Twitter at @Kirkpatrick_SJ.