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Olbermann On TBS Gig: ‘Open to pursuing other things? Of course. Planning on it? No’

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.”

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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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The Score Satellite Radio Is Going Off The Air

Sad news from north of the border as The Score Satellite Radio is going off the air on Sept. 1.

According to Toronto Sports Media, Sirius decided to pull the plug on the station due to the recent merger with XM Radio Canada.

The Score was the home of the wildly popular The Morning Jones – we will have Bomani Jones‘ reaction about this breaking news Tuesday evening.

 

Capitol One, Castrol Edge Return As Presenting Sponsors Of ESPY's

Sponsors Capital One and Castrol Edge will once again present the ESPY Awards from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

Along with co-presenting the show, both companies will serve as co-presents of the nomination show, ESPY voting, and an individual award – the Capital One Cup, recognizing excellence in collegiate athletics, and the Castrol EDGE “NFL Strongest Performance” award.

EA Sports, Gatorade, GMC, Hennessy, MGD64 and SuperCuts return as associate sponsors and newcomers include Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, K-Swiss, HP and 20th Century Fox.

The ESPY’s “Vault of Secrets” pre-party will once again be sponsored by Hennessy and MGD64 returns as presenting sponsor of the official ESPY’s Post Party.

The 2011 ESPY’s airs live July 13 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESPN Offering Extended Coverage Of 2011 WSOP Main Event

ESPN is going “all-in” for the 2011 World Series of Poker.

From July 14-19, the network will offer daily coverage of the WSOP main event, including ‘live’ unedited hole cards on a 30-minute delay and more than 34 additional hours of coverage in high definition on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3.com from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Every hand will be shown unedited and hole cards will be available post-flop. Coverage will shift between two feature tables approximately every 30 minutes. All “all-in” and “call” situations will be shown at both tables. Read more

Mel Kiper Denies Claims In Sports Illustrated Story

And here comes the fallout from George Dohrmann‘s Sports Illustrated story.

ESPN is looking into Mel Kiper’s relationship with NFL agent Gary Wichard as described by Josh Luchs in this week’s SI cover story on agent tampering in college football.

In the article, Luchs claims Kiper worked with Wichard in order to persuade potential clients by using his NFL draft rankings as incentive for players to sign.

(No wonder those draft ranking arguments with Todd McShay are always so heated).

“Conversations with players, which are occasionally facilitated by agents, are a valuable way to get to know the players,” Kiper responded in a statement. “These conversations have never compromised my integrity, and my 32-year record supports that.”

Luchs stood by his claim of Kiper’s involvement on Mike and Mike in the Morning on Wednesday.

“What Mel did do in these situations, whether he realizes it or not, he allowed himself to be used in the recruiting process,” Luchs said.

This will likely be the first of many folks to publicly deny the allegations described in Dohrmann’s story.

Stay tuned.

Getty Images Photographer Wins Shot of the Season

Mike Hewitt has a new trophy for his mantle: Barclays Shot of the Season Award for 2010. The Getty Images photog caught Darren Bent’s shot deflecting off a beach ball and into Pepe Reina’s goal.

“I remember driving up to Sunderland from my home in Brighton hoping for something dramatic – the beach ball certainly made the trip worthwhile!” he said.

Bradley Ormesher won Barclays Photographer of the Season 2010. Some of his shots are after the jump. Read more

Hell in a Cell: WWE Launches Mobile Magazine

World Wrestling Entertainment has an Official Mobile Magazine. For $2.99 a month, the weekly publication promises to be “stuffed with as much content as your phone can handle,” like interviews with wrestling stars, blog posts and breaking news. Let’s hope your phone can fight back.

The application is the latest in a series of Mozines from startup company ThumbMedia Group in Burbank, CA, which designs and distributes mobile magazines for publishers across multiple platforms. Mozine also created the ad for the application, which ran in the October issue of the print edition. Said ThumbMedia CEO Mike Cartabiano:

We’ve just launched on the iPhone and we’re already #85 on the top 200 paid entertainment applications, which is pretty spectacular. We have – last time I looked – a 5-star rating. We’re happy, they’re happy, it’s been a very seamless process for the WWE team in working with us.

Android and Blackberry editions are coming soon.