Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch has an interview with Keith Olbermann about his new Football Night in America duties…
SI: Will you be apolitical on Football Night in America?
Olbermann: Am I going to launch a political diatribe in the middle of sportscast? That sounds like bad programming. You will see exactly as much pure politics in Football Night in America as you did last year.
SI: Have you been formally asked by NBC Sports officials not to discuss politics on the show?
Olbermann: I have not been told that, but the best employers I have ever worked for had the presence of mind to say: This guy knows what he is doing and knows when to do it and when not to do it. Nobody said you cannot go off into a lengthy criticism of the President in the middle of the Election Night coverage on MSNBC. But I did not do that either because that is not the right place to do it. I’m certainly not going to go and take advantage of a situation in which someone has said to me, ‘Hey, we know what your doing. We have no fear of trusting you on this.’ But in terms of specific instructions, nothing has come my way.