A return to television for Keith Olbermann will also be a return to his roots.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former MSNBC "Countdown" host will return to television for the first time since abruptly leaving his role with Current TV. The new role will see the broadcast journalist indulge in his fandom and expertise, serving as analyst for TBS's postseason studio coverage of Major League Baseball.
Olbermann will join current analyst and MLB Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley in post-game analysis for the Turner Sports program. The television host's first high-profile assignment was as co-host of ESPN's Sportscenter with Dan Patrick from 1992 to 1997, also serving as in-studio analyst for NBC and Fox during that time for MLB coverage. Olbermann is an admitted fan of the game himself, staying busy since his ouster from Current TV by writing a baseball blog.
"It's well known that Keith is a fan of the game and when you combine that with his studio experience, keen insight and passion for baseball and its history, he’ll add a new dimension to our MLB postseason studio shows," said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports at Turner Broadcasting. "We're excited to have him join Dennis in studio, and look forward to Keith sharing his in-depth knowledge of the game, MLB teams and players with our viewers for three great weeks in October."
This seems like a good fit for Olbermann -- though I was a fan of his MSNBC news commentary series, he always seemed a better fit for sports journalism, providing unique insights and great interviews with the big personalities of professional sports.