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Friday Nights, Skip Bayless is All About Jeopardy!

We thoroughly enjoyed the profile of ESPN2 First Take co-host Skip Bayless in the Washington Post by Rick Maese.

Some people who have known Bayless personally for decades don’t recognize the guy on the air, at all. But the 62-year-old Bayless insists it’s not an act. There’s also a funny little tidbit about Bayless’ Friday-night routine with girlfriend Ernestine Sclafani:

She lives in Manhattan, and he’s mostly in Connecticut. They reunite on weekends, and on Fridays, they’ll watch a week’s worth of Jeopardy! episodes — “He competes with me,” Sclafani says — before catching a movie.

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Keith Olbermann Will Return to ESPN (NYT)
ESPN is expected to announce on Wednesday that the former network mainstay Keith Olbermann, who contentiously departed in 1997, will return to host a one-hour, nightly show for ESPN2 later this year, according to three executives with knowledge of the deal but not authorized to speak about it publicly. Olbermann, 54, became renowned for co-anchoring ESPN’s SportsCenter with Dan Patrick — arguably the most auspicious pairing in the history of the show or the network. THR The show will originate from the ABC News Nightline studio overlooking Times Square. The two-year contract returns the erstwhile SportsCenter anchor to the network where he rose to stardom as an erudite and skilled sports commentator. His pairing with Dan Patrick on SportsCenter was among the most popular and memorable in the long history of the franchise. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Olbermann had expressed interest in returning to ESPN as early as March, though network president John Skipper said at the time he was not “prepared” to bring the commentator back. HuffPost Olbermann recently signed a deal to host TBS’ studio coverage of Major League Baseball alongside Hall of Fame pitcher and analyst Dennis Eckersley in Atlanta; it’s unclear if that gig will be affected by his new one. Variety Olbermann has been out of work for 15 months since parting with Current (receiving a substantial severance package), an exit that fueled the perception of him as someone with a penchant for leaving jobs rather abruptly, and often under acrimonious circumstances. Still, he has maintained ties to his admirers via outlets such as social media, where he still commands close to 450,000 followers on Twitter.

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