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ESPN Announces New Roles For Keith Olbermann

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Keith Olbermann is among the most notable personalities in ESPN history. He is one of the most famous old school SportsCenter hosts of yesteryear, and has had a number of other stints with the Worldwide Leader. Now, his current role is expanding.

Over the last few months, he has been doing prerecorded pieces for SportsCenter. He's also popped up to co-host Pardon The Interruption on occasion. Today, ESPN announced that it is expanding those duties, and adding more.

Perhaps most notably, Olbermann will begin to do some MLB coverage for ESPN. That includes play-by-play duties on some games.

ESPN announced the Keith Olbermann news today:

SportsCenter: He will continue to develop regular features on timely and historical topics (he has been doing SportsCenter pieces since January such as the Jordan/LeBron debate and how the sports world responded to MLK’s assassination). Olbermann will also guest anchor approximately 20 special editions of the 11 p.m. ET SportsCenter throughout the year.

MLB: Olbermann will take on select studio and game assignments, including play-by-play for a few games as well as a handful of studio hosting responsibilities on Baseball Tonight and cut-ins/highlights within game telecasts. Additionally, he will be on site at the MLB All-Star Game, hosting segments for SportsCenter. He will also host SportsCenter segments during the MLB post-season, including the World Series.

Additional studio shows: As he has done in recent weeks, Olbermann will co-host a handful of editions of PTI and will make guest appearances on Outside the Lines with host Bob Ley. A couple recent examples include Olbermann on PTI & Olbermann on OTL.

ESPN Audio: Olbermann is expected to make appearances as both a guest host and a call-in guest on various ESPN Audio programs.

Amazingly, this is Olbermann's sixth tenure with ESPN. He recently hosted his own ESPN2 show from 2013-2015, before going back to political commentary with GQ.

Olbermann added, “Since we started this, my 6th separate tenure with ESPN, in January, I’ve found the variety of assignments to be most the fun and energizing of all my stints. Adding stuff like being a rookie 59-year old play-by-play guy, plus the Rip Van Winkle of SportsCenter, only adds to the smorgasbord. Can’t wait, and at my age, I shouldn’t.”

ESPN has been looking for an identity for SportsCenter in recent years, most notably with the Michael Smith and Jemele Hill-hosted SC:6, which ended earlier this year. Now, it sounds like they're looking back to the halcyon days of the flagship program to add to things.

[ESPN]