Blog by: George Thomas and Ron Ledgard
Keith Olbermann, probably to no one’s surprise, is out at ESPN – again. It’s a familiar refrain for a guy who’s bounced around the broadcast arena in a consistent fashion. The resume is long and yes, there are a few charred bridges left in his wake.
Just the other day, in this space, I wrote about the reality of what’s coming down the road for sports networks – albeit briefly. Rights fees for live events haven’t just ballooned, morphing into that Uncle Norman who somehow manages to engulf half of Christmas dinner by himself.
The suits are putting the high-priced talent on the endangered species list. With some shows that will remain nameless, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For others shows, it’s a loss. Olbermann’s show falls into the latter category.
If you do not provide color commentary or play-by-play and you work for the ESPN, Fox Sports 1 or any other cable sports network, take some advice from Michael Jackson and his brothers: “Just look over your shoulder, honey.”To read more or comment...