Rumors had been swirling for weeks that the former Current TV anchor was "in serious discussions" with ESPN, but apparently the deal will officially be announced on Wednesday.
According the Times, Olbermann, 54, will host a late night talk show from New York that will air on ESPN 2. Although Olbermann may discuss other topics besides sports, his new contract reportedly forbids him from talking about politics on the program.
This morning Melissa Mullins called our attention to a clear violation by Olbermann of his contract terms:
On his ESPN 2 show, Keith Olbermann decided to mix politics and sports when he named Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz as his “Worst Person in the Sports World.” This alone makes no sense, as Cruz has nothing to do with the “sports world,” but it’s Keith Olbermann – nothing really makes sense when it comes to him.
As Trent Baker at Breitbart reported, Olbermann decided to take issue with a harmless joke Cruz told when visiting Rep. Jim Lyons in Massachusetts this past weekend. Cruz opened the conversation by saying, “Tom Brady was framed and I have it on good authority that Hillary Clinton did it….Why do you think she deleted her emails?” This of course is in reference to the New England Patriots “deflategate” scandal, and Clinton deleting so many emails from her private server.
...Following up on his comment, Olbermann said, “Hey Senator Ted ‘Brady-Was-Framed’ Cruz, Ball-ghazi! That’s 18 years of Senate hearings you can waste money on.”
In my opinion, I find it disrespectful when a “journalist” decides to mock a terrorist attack on the 11th anniversary of September 11 that killed four Americans. But again, this is Keith Olbermann we are talking about.
Olbermann clearly violated his contract with ESPN. Whether the sports network, already featuring progressive kooks like Mike Lupica and Mitch Albom, lives up to its word is highly doubtful.
Hat tip: BadBlue News.