[ESPN] is in serious discussions with Olbermann to host a New York-based late night talk show on ESPN2, according to industry sources. The sources said the situation is still “very fluid” and no decision on green-lighting Olbermann or the project has been made. If the move to Olbermann is made, it could blunt the buzz Fox hopes to generate with its August launch of Fox Sports 1.
As you'll recall, Olbermann was a brilliant SportsCenter anchor during his employment at The Mothership from 1992 – 1997. In my opinion, he was the perfect combination of lovablity, gauche, and douche. It worked as a sports anchor. I think it's a great play. Plus, grown-up Keith Olbermann is the perfect type of troll for ESPN's talking-head programing format.
Now opening the betting pool on how long he stays until he's fired. Fingers-crossed this happens.