Keith Olbermann and ESPN are parting ways again. The network confirmed reports Wednesday that the acerbic anchor’s contract would not be renewed when it expires at the end of July.

ESPN released this statement:

“Keith is a tremendous talent who has consistently done timely, entertaining and thought-provoking work since returning to ESPN. While the show’s content was distinctive and extremely high quality, we ultimately made a business decision to move in another direction. We wish Keith nothing but the best and trust that his skill and ability will lead him to another promising endeavor.”

Olbermann was an anchor on “SportsCenter” from 1992 to 1997, helping to increase the popularity of the sports-roundup show. His departure from the network after that stint was reportedly acrimonious, but in 2013, he returned to host his own show.

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.