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Olbermann’s Task: ‘Destroy’ Fox Sports 1

Keith-Olbermann_article_story_mainKeith Olbermann sat down with Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch to discuss his show, its rivals and whether or not he misses delivering political news.

It’s been about 14 months since the former MSNBC host returned to ESPN which was, not coincidentally, about the same time that Fox debuted its 24/7 sports network, Fox Sports 1. The typically polarizing Olbermann explains that ESPN was looking to steal the thunder of Fox Sports 1’s launch.

Then there was the strategic usefulness relative to Fox Sports [1]. In case there was anything actually happening there, the goal was to make sure it didn’t. My task, my assignment, was to basically smother them before they hatch. Destroy the eggs!

Olbermann elaborated when asked if the eggs are destroyed, “I take no credit for it because my experience with them [Fox Sports] having done the same thing at the other end of it, being with Fox Sports Net in 1999 and 2000 and 2001, suggests to me that anything they have achieved is entirely their own doing. But there was a certain quality of strategy for ESPN, as in: ‘let’s make this move now.’ And it got as much attention as their launch did.”

Olbermann followed up with candid remarks about being supported by ESPN management, his relationship with Dan Patrick and his need to “feed the trolls” on Twitter. He even pays a compliment to George W. Bush.

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A Fulltime Job and Twins, CNN’s Kyra Phillips Now Adds a Podcast to Her Routine

MomSquadIncreasingly, TV news anchors and hosts are going extra-curricular as they expand their “brand.” A few years ago, former CBS “Early Show” and local TV anchor Rene Syler launched parenting site Good Enough Mother while still continuing TV appearances. When she left CNN, Soledad O’Brien started her own production company and can now be seen on CNN, Al Jazeera America and other outlets. Then there are the TV news anchors who do double duty on radio, FNC’s Brian Kilmeade among them.

CNN anchor Kyra Phillips is getting into the multi-tasking fray. Phillips and two friends started “The Mom Squad Show,” a 3-times-a-week podcast which, in its first week on iTunes, was downloaded 7,000 times. The podcast is hosted by Phillips in Atlanta, and fellow moms Christine Eads in Washington, DC and Chaz Kelly in Connecticut. Kelly’s husband “Seton” O’Connor is a sidekick on the Dan Patrick show. Eads co-hosts a show on SiriusXM.

Phillips will continue her day job in the CNN Investigative unit, while recording the podcast in her off hours. She’s not allowed to pitch products, or otherwise overstep her CNN contract. Phillips and her husband, Fox News Atlanta-based correspondent John Roberts, are the parents of 3-year-old twins.

“The Mom Squad Show” already has distribution. It went live on iHeardRadio today, and will soon be carried on TuneIn.

Jim Cantore Caught in the Middle of DirecTV-Weather Channel Dispute

CantoreJim Cantore got bumped from Dan Patrick‘s show because of the Weather Channel carriage dispute with DirecTV. DirecTV owns Patrick’s show (which also airs on NBC Sports Network) and the company didn’t think it was a good idea to have on one of the Weather Channel’s biggest stars in the middle of the carriage fight. Cantore was booked to give a Super Bowl forecast this week. The show will instead use Paul Douglas, a former local news meteorologist in Minneapolis who created WeatherNation, which DirecTV now carries in place of Weather Channel.

“We like Jim and thought, under the circumstances, that it may be a bit awkward for him to appear on a DirectTV-owned show so we let him off the hook,” a DirecTV spokesman tells the LA Times’ Joe Flint.

Meanwhile, the Weather Channel took out more full-page ads today, this time taking a shot at DirecTV CEO Mike White who said late last week, “I can assure you 99.9995% of our current customers have voted to stay on the DIRECTV platform.”

That would be about 100 customers. The Weather Channel figures about 190,000 DirecTV customers would commit to switching services over the loss of TWC.

DirecTV subscribers are entering their second week without the Weather Channel.

Ron Burgundy to Guest Anchor on NBCSN

BurgundyKXThis just in from the NBC Sports Network…

STAMFORD, Conn. – December 4, 2013 – In what promises to be one of the most significant moments in the history of media, veteran KVWN Channel 4 News anchor Ron Burgundy will guest host The Dan Patrick Show tomorrow morning from 10 a.m. – Noon ET on NBCSN.

Burgundy will join host Dan Patrick in-studio from Milford, Conn. on Thursday morning, marking the veteran newscaster’s first time co-hosting the program. The Dan Patrick Show airs weekdays from 9 a.m. – Noon ET on NBCSN and AUDIENCE Channel 101 on DIRECTV, simulcasts across more than 200 radio stations nationwide, and streams online via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for digital, mobile and tablets.

“I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the greats – Costas, Michaels and now Mr. Ron Burgundy,” said Patrick. “They said it wouldn’t happen. Some are still saying it shouldn’t happen. But at 10 a.m. tomorrow, something is going to happen.”

Patrick regularly hosts the program alongside his production staff that includes Paul Pabst, Patrick O’Connor, Andrew Perloff and Todd Fritz, known as “The Danettes.”

In case you missed it, earlier this week Will Ferrell Burgundy co-anchored the Sunday news on KXMB in Bismark, ND

Bob Costas Criticizes CBS For Not Covering ‘Augusta’s history of racism and sexism’ During The Masters

The Masters golf tournament is currently being played at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. CBS Sports has the exclusive TV rights for all the late-round action.

NBC Sports’ Bob Costas–admittedly not a neutral bystander–took aim at CBS’ coverage on Dan Patrick‘s radio show. Deadspin has some of the key quotes:

What no CBS commentator has ever alluded to, even in passing, even during a rain delay, even when there was time to do so, is Augusta’s history of racism and sexism. Even when people were protesting just outside the grounds—forget about taking a side—never acknowledging it. So not only will I never work the Masters because I’m not at CBS, but I’d have to say something and then I would be ejected.

Brian Williams And Dan Patrick Also Approached About ‘Jeopardy!’ Gig

Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reports that Sony Pictures Television not only reached out to NBC’s Matt Lauer and CNN’s Anderson Cooper about replacing Alex Trebek in 2016, but NBC’s Brian Williams and Dan Patrick too.

We noted earlier that it is far too soon to speculate on what might happen in three years, and that there are some issues facing the potential hosts.

That said, the drip drip drip of news does paint a clear picture: Sony wants a big name to replace Trebek when (if?) he retires in three years, and they want someone serious and credible. Even if Lauer, Cooper, Williams and Patrick aren’t available, look for other big names from the world of TV news to enter the picture.

Keith Olbermann Eyes Permanent Return To ESPN

Could former MSNBC and Current TV host Keith Olbermann be making a return to sports TV… at the place where he got his start, no less?

The exceedingly well-sourced James Andrew Miller, the co-author of the terrific book Those Guys Have All The Fun–which chronicles the rise of ESPN–reports in the NY Times that Olbermann wants to return to the iconic sports cable channel in some form. We noted over the weekend that Olbermann appeared in an ESPN “30 for 30″ short film.

Even more amazingly, he got Olbermann, Olbermann’s former “SportsCenter” partner Dan Patrick and ESPN president John Skipper on the record on the matter.

“I had the privilege to spend some time with John Skipper,” [Olbermann] said. “His vision and charm were readily apparent, and judging by his leadership, his family name was prophetic…”

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Keith Olbermann Returns To ESPN

Former MSNBC and Current TV host Keith Olbermann got his big break in TV at ESPN, where, alongside Dan Patrick, he turned “SportsCenter” into “The Big Show.” Olbermann left ESPN in 1997, not on the best of terms.

Now, however, Olbermann is returning to ESPN… sort of. In a short film that is part of ESPN’s “30 for 30″ series, Olbermann appears to talk about the legendary T-206 Honus Wagner baseball card. Olbermann is an avid baseball card collector.

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Keith Olbermann To Guest-Host On MLB Network

Former MSNBC and Current TV host Keith Olbermann is returning to the host’s chair, this time on MLB Network.

Olbermann will be a guest-host on MLB Network’s “Hot Stove” next Tuesday and Wednesday, from 9-11 AM ET. Olbermann phoned into the program this morning to talk about the MLB MVP races with Harold Reynolds and Matt Vasgersian, and to preview next week’s shows. He was in-studio yesterday as part of a panel discussion on the American League MVP.

Olbermann will be joined by MLB Network’s Brian Kenny next week.

Olbermann is a huge sports fan, and a former contributor to Fox Sports and NBC’s NFL pregame show. He was also of course part of “The Big Show” with Dan Patrick, that helped turn ESPN’s “SportsCenter” into the juggernaut it is. He currently writes the “Baseball Nerd” blog for MLB.com.

(Photo via, h/t to @Gsorensen for the tip)

After the jump, check out mediabistroTV’s tour of the MLB Network Studios, which, ironically, are located in MSNBC’s old Secaucus, New Jersey studios, a place Olbermann knows well.
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Michelle Beadle Bolting ESPN For NBC

ESPN “SportsNation” co-anchor Michelle Beadle is reportedly leaving the Worldwide Leader in Sports for greener pastures at NBCUniversal.

Jim Miller, who wrote ESPN bio Those Guys Have All The Fun, has some details on the deal:

Look for Beadle to appear during NBC’s Olympics broadcasts this Summer. In addition, don’t be surprised if she turns up with some regularity on “Today.”

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