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Keith Olbermann wants to return to ESPN, but they don't want him

March 04, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Keith Olbermann explored a return to ESPN.
Keith Olbermann explored a return to ESPN. (Associated Press )

In what could be a sign of the coming apocalypse, it appears Keith Olbermann would like to return to ESPN.

Olbermann recently had dinner with ESPN President John Skipper. Olbermann anchored the network's SportsCenter from 1992 to 1997.

“Keith Olbermann, both personally and through a couple people I know, reached out to say, ‘Gee, I would love to have dinner,’ ” Skipper told the New York Times. “I agreed to dinner with Keith because I assumed he’d be provocative and witty and fun to have dinner with, and he was indeed lots of fun. We talked sports and politics, and we had a nice chat. He is very interesting.

“Clearly he was looking to see if there was an entry point to come back.”

However, it appears Olbermann won't be returning to ESPN any time soon.

"After the dinner, at that point, there was no real appropriate place for Keith to come back, nor did I feel like I was prepared to bring him back," Skipper said.

That's too bad. Love him or hate him, Olbermann is an entertaining sportscaster who would bring some name value back to SportsCenter. Can you quickly name two current SportsCenter anchors? Most people can't. Olbermann would change that.


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