The news that Keith Olbermann had signed a deal with Turner Sports to host the Major League Baseball studio show on TBS during the playoffs this Fall caught many by surprise. Olbermann, who most recently hosted “Countdown” on Current TV, hasn’t been a full-time sports anchor in well over a decade.
“The last time I sat at a telephone news conference to announce that I was leaving politics to go to a baseball pregame show and sports in general in 1999, it was the first time I ever said I have absolutely no idea where my career is going,” Olbermann told reporters on a conference call today, responding to a question about whether he would do another politics show. “I have been so bad at predicting my own career future, as everybody else has, that it would be useless. This is what I’m doing and I can’t wait to get started.”
That said, the former MSNBC host did seem open to the possibility of doing other things… it is just that no other options seem imminent.
“[Am I] open to pursuing other things? Of course. Planning on it? No. Do I need to? Fortunately not. Whatever else might be out there…couldn’t be as compelling as this.”