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Opening Arguments

The end is near

Oh, no, I've died and gone to hell:

Countdown With  Keith Olbermann is getting a tryout on NBC. The NYTimes reports, Countdown will air before NBC's broadcast of this Sunday's pre-season game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers. Says NBC SVP Phil Griffin,  "The world has changed, and I think people have come in line with the smart, focused approach [Keith] has on the show."

In April, NBC announced Olbermann would be joining the roster of NBC's "Football Night in America" pregame show. And Griffin adds, "It may be the first of several times you see Olbermann on the network."

Posted in: Current Affairs


Bob G.
Tue, 08/21/2007 - 10:20am

Olbermann...one MORE reason to change that channel...!



A J Bogle
Tue, 08/21/2007 - 10:23am

Change it to NBC ;)

tim zank
Tue, 08/21/2007 - 1:13pm

NBC has not a CLUE how to get ratings for Sunday Night Football. If Olby is involved, it will only go backwards. In an effort to pick up those 500,000 fans of his Olberness, they will end up offending the millions already predisposed to tune in.

All they need to top it off is ask Chris Matthews to offer his keen analysis too.

Brilliant, just effin brilliant.

A J Bogle
Tue, 08/21/2007 - 3:24pm

Olbermann was a sportscaster long before he was a political commentator.

He still co-hosts a radio sports show too

This is a great move.

Olbermann has more fans than you might think and his ratings keep growing on MSNBC - one of the fastest growing shows on cable

tim zank
Tue, 08/21/2007 - 8:30pm

500,000 viewers a night is pathetic, as was Olby's sportscasting career. Hence, his move to "Theater Of The Absurd".

It's easy to show an enormous percentage jump in viewership when you're jumping out of the toilet with NO viewership.

John Good
Wed, 08/22/2007 - 8:45pm

Tim-may - As usual, you spout off with no regards to the facts:

"Countdown's" network debut comes on the heels of the program's stellar performance this year. According to Nielsen Media Research, the program attracted 721,000 viewers in July, up an incredible 88% over July 2006. "Countdown" continues to be the number two cable news program at 8 p.m. ET, beating CNN by a 20% margin for the year.

tim zank
Thu, 08/23/2007 - 7:58am

JohnBoy, You should have paid attention in English class. It's really easy to frame a paragraph or sentence in a manner that flatters (however inaccurately) percentage increases as the true story.

If not in class, I thought you would have learned that in retail at least, of course that could be why you are no longer in retail.

Here's an example: Bob's Crap Shop sells piles of crap. In the first week Bob sold one pile of crap. In the second week Bob sold two piles of crap, effectively doubling his sales. All the other crap stores were flat those two weeks, therefore Bob's Crap Shop was in the fact "the fastest growing Crap Shop" for that time period.

I guess the moral of the story is, even if you double your crap output, it may not be enough to actually lift you off the seat and out of the swirling bowl.

Olby will remain in swirl mode until somebody at NBC has the good sense to buy a plunger.

A J Bogle
Thu, 08/23/2007 - 8:56am

I'll continue to watch Countdown and the new NBC sports show in order to help boost ratings - if for no other reason than to annoy Tim ;)

tim zank
Thu, 08/23/2007 - 8:35pm

Thanks AJ, I knew I could count on you!