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Report: ESPN Tells Olbermann to Nix Commentary or Forget Contract

By    |   Thursday, 02 Jul 2015 01:52 PM

As a condition of extending outspoken and opinionated television host Keith Olbermann’s contract, ESPN wants him to nix providing "commentary" during his broadcast, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the negotiations over extending Olbermann’s initial two-year deal, the publication reports that the host of the self-titled "Olbermann" on ESPN2 rankled management with his tirade last year against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his handling of the Ray Rice domestic abuse case.

The Baltimore Ravens running back received a two-game "pat-on-the-wrist" suspension after a hotel security video was leaked showing the athlete punching his then-fiancée in the face in an elevator.

Olbermann called for Goodell’s resignation and said his involvement in the case amounted to an ethical breach.

The commissioner, Olbermann opined, allegedly held a meeting in the Rice case that "poisoned the evidence well" that, had Goodell been a police officer, prosecutor or judge would have gotten him fired or removed for the case.

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Olbermann’s penchant for speaking his mind in a pointed manner has caused him problems in the past.

In 2011, he and MSNBC parted ways shortly after he returned from a two-day suspension following revelations by Politico that Olbermann made three $2,400 donations to Democrats seeking federal office. NBC policy requires employees of its news operation to get permission before contributing to politicians or political activities that could be deemed as a conflict of interest, CNN reported at the time.

Though his tenure at ESPN has reportedly been relatively controversy-free, the network suspended him for four days in February for Twitter posts a month earlier in which he called Penn State students the "world’s worst" and said they were "pitiful."

The posts came following the NCAA’s decision to reverse some of the punishment against the university stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal, USA Today reported.

He later apologized, calling his remarks "stupid and immature."

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As a condition of extending outspoken and opinionated television host Keith Olbermann's contract, ESPN wants him to nix providing "commentary" during his broadcast, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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