MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) announced today that it has hired anchor, sportscaster and journalist Keith Olbermann as an at-large columnist. Olbermannâ€™s columns, currently available three times per week at keitholbermann.mlblogs.com, will provide fans with his â€śBaseball Nerdâ€ť perspective of the game across various platforms. He also is the first national journalist hired as part of MLBAMâ€™s digital newspaper initiative, currently scheduled for a May launch.
At his request, Olbermannâ€™s full salary for his work as an at-large columnist will be split equally among three charitable organizations. They will be: the Baseball Assistance Team, St. Judeâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Research Hospital and the Jayden Braden/Ariana Marzano College Fund, established in support of the late John Marzanoâ€™s grandchildren. Marzano, a former Major Leaguer and MLB.com host, died just over one year ago in a home accident in Philadelphia.
â€śI've long respected MLB.com's editorial independence and I'll be delighted to test it,â€ť said Olbermann. â€śSeriously, it's an honor to be able to write about all the obscure things I love inside the game I love, and to help some worthy causes in the process, and to honor an old friend. Not to mention that it will be my politics-free oasis. Unless another cat jumps up at another Governor.â€ť
â€śWe are delighted by Keithâ€™s actions in every aspect of this endeavor, from his wonderful writing to what he is giving to honor the legacy and family of John Marzano,â€ť said Dinn Mann, Executive Vice President, Content, MLBAM. â€śKeith is not just a student of the game, he is an unmistakable personality who combines punch line instincts with journalistic drive. This is an exciting step in the landscape of sports commentary and MLBAM.â€ť
Olbermann is currently the host of â€śCountdown with Keith Olbermann,â€ť an hour-long nightly news and commentary television program on MSNBC. Starting with the 2007 NFL season, Olbermann also has served as a co-host of NBC's Football Night in America. He spent the first 20 years of his career in sports journalism as a sports correspondent for CNN in the 1980s, winning the Best Sportscaster award from the California Associated Press three times. Olbermann later co-hosted ESPN's SportsCenter from 1992 to 1997. After leaving ESPN, Olbermann became a sports anchor and producer for Fox Sports Net from 1998 to 2001, during which he hosted several World Series broadcasts.
A New York native, Olbermann graduated from Cornell University.
Source: MLB Advanced Media
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