ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Keith Olbermann, whose plans to leave the network June 29 were revealed Wednesday, said Thursday that he will take a summertime sabbatical to recharge his battery and ponder his options. He won’t return to work before September.
“Taking time off allows your brain to slow down from the regurgitative pace we’re all so used to,” said Olbermann, who has worked at ESPN for 5 1/2 years and took his last extended vacation in 1985.
Olbermann maintained that his parting with ESPN was truly amicable. “You know it’s true if the guy’s leaving and they let him go on the air again, which is the case with me,” he said.
Among the networks that are expected to make a play for Olbermann’s services are Court TV — which plans to launch a sports law show — and MSNBC. Being able to live in New York is at the top of Olbermann’s priority list, ruling out any West Coast jobs.