TCA: Olbermann Says He’ll Stick To Sports

Anchor Says He Can Talk Politics On ESPN2, But Doesn’t Plan To
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Former news and sports anchor Keith Olbermann is not prohibited from talking politics on his new ESPN2 late night series, but plans to stick to sports commentary, he said during a Television Critics Association summer press tour presentation Wednesday.

Olbermann -- who is returning to ESPN after a 16-year absence and after controversial stints at news outlets MSNBC and Current TV – continued to call “inaccurate” a New York Times report that claimed he could not talk politics during his new sports show. “There is nothing [contractually] that says I can’t talk about politics,” he said. “I’m not intending to talk about politics for the simple reason that it’s a sports show.”

Olbermann said he’s looking forward to having total control of the late-night series, which will air at 11 p.m. “When we start from the point of view where my opinion is solicited, then I’m comfortable,” he said. “It will be a sportscast with my name on it.”

He also said he'll be revisiting a feature he used for years while hosting Countdown on MSNBC: his new show will have a "Worst Person In The Sports World" segment.

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