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Keith Olbermann Returning To TV… On TBS

Former MSNBC and Current TV host Keith Olbermann is returning to air. Olbermann has been named as the studio host for Turner Sports’ coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs this Fall.

“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,” Turner Sports president David Levy said in a statement. “We’re excited to have him join Dennis [Eckersley] 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.”

Turner Sports says it has also signed analyst Ron Darling to a new, long-term deal, and that Cal Ripken Jr. will transition from the studio to the broadcast booth this postseason.

The news was first reported by the well-sourced James Andrew Miller on Twitter, with the equally well-sourced Marisa Guthrie adding the details in an item for The Hollywood Reporter.

The deal puts Olbermann in the same corporate family as Jeff Zucker, who ran NBC Universal when he became a star there. Zucker now runs CNN. As is par for the course in the TV world, Turner Sports talent routinely appear on CNN to promote big games. It is a guarantee that talent will be appearing on CNN to promote TBS’ MLB Playoff coverage. Whether that talent is Olbermann remains to be seen.

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Columnist Blames Dodger Stadium Attack On Fan

John Steigerwald is a moron.

Now that we got that out the way, let me tell you why he’s a moron.

The Observer-Reporter columnist wrote a piece on Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan that’s in a coma after a vicious beating by two Dodger fans on Opening Day at Chavez Ravine.

Steigerwald blames Stow for getting attacked because he wore Giants’ gear to the game:

It’s probably safe to say that the two “Dodgers” were high on something or things, but somewhere in their sick, juvenile minds, they probably also thought they were doing their duty as Dodger fans. Read more

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Rangers Sign $1.6 Billion Extension With Fox

Fresh off their first playoff birth since 1999, the Texas Rangers have agreed to a 20-year contract extension with Fox Sports Southwest beginning in 2015.

The deal is reportedly worth $1.6 billion and is among the most lucrative in Major League Baseball for a team without their own regional sports network.

USA Today first reported the deal was worth $3 billion, but a Fox spokesman said that amount was “wildly inflated.”

The Rangers current deal is worth roughly $45 million a year, compared to $80 million a year as part of the extension.