The network is expected to announce the rehiring of the bombastic host Wednesday, 16 years after a contentious split.
Olbermann will host a one-hour nightly show for ESPN 2, according to the Times. There is, however, a stipulation: while Olbermann will be allowed to discuss subjects other than sports, the two-year contract reportedly forbids the former MSNBC host from talking politics.
According to the Times, there was some concern within ESPN about Olbermann returning, because of a fear he had become “too politicized” as a result of his MSNBC show. Olbermann exited MSNBC in 2011, then took up with Al Gore’s former Current TV network before getting dumped there in 2012.
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