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Jim Lampley’s Days as a Political Commentator May Be Over

Jim Lampley has spent his 38-year career calling and commentating on just about every sport imaginable for ABC, CBS, NBC and now HBO. But the four-time Sports Emmy Award winner has also dabbled in political commentary, as we find out in today’s mediabistro.com “So What Do You Do?” feature:

In 2005, you used an incorrect source when blogging about the Iraq war for Huffington Post, and many readers called you out for it. How did that situation affect you?

I didn’t think of it as rebounding. At the end of the day, if people want to disagree with what I say, that’s certainly part of the process and their privilege. I read my political commentaries and, over time, I decided that I was not as well versed and deeply based as a political commentator as I am a sports commentator. I had been persuaded to do it by someone very high up in political media who has specific purpose in mind for me, and at the end of the day I decided I wasn’t interested in that purpose. That was the beginning and end of that.

Lampley has also filled in, in the past, for Ed Schultz on his radio show. Lampley will be calling Saturday’s HBO pay-per-view fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto.

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