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Keith Olbermann's Tumultuous Tenure At 'SportsCenter'

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Have Keith Theodore Olbermann spend a few seasons working at your television network and see how you feel. Sort of like Kansas after a twister. If Olbermann hadn't been so brilliant and talented, few would have put up with him. But Olbermann has a talent that can't be taught. He can relate to people on the other side of the camera and, indeed, relate to the camera itself in a way that comes across as second nature. And yet he once told an interviewer that on some level, he's always making fun of television: "Like, 'Look how ridiculous this is, me sitting here and you sitting on the other end, watching me--what are you doing that for?' I think that's always been my attitude." Olbermann agreed to come to ESPN in the spring of 1992 as an anchor for the 11 p.m. SportsCenter. In the last year of his contract with KCBS Los Angeles--which the station chose not to renew--he had been making $475,000. His starting salary in Bristol would be just over $150,000.

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