ESPN’s “business decision” may have stemmed from the reported $40 million cost of leasing the Times Square studio in which Olbermann hosted his show. But there may well have been other factors at play.
The Hollywood Reporter recently asserted that Olbermann had been asked to cease doing “commentary” as a condition of having his contract renewed. THR noted that the outspoken anchor has been highly critical of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, whose league’s games are featured on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”
Another high-profile ESPN employee, Bill Simmons, was suspended in October for calling Goodell a “liar,” and his contract will also not be renewed when it expires in September.