NBC Confirms Olbermann Off NBC Football Games

Neil Best of NEWSDAY and Richard Deitsch of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED have confirmed that Keith Olbermann will not appear on NBC’s “Football Night In America” broadcasts this season. Best reported:

Keith Olbermann confirmed out at NBC Football Night In America

NBC has confirmed that Keith Olbermann will not be on its “Football Night in America” show this season.

The move was initiated not by NBC Sports but by NBC News, which wanted Olbermann to focus exclusively on his job as host of his own show on MSNBC.

Deitsch added today on Twitter:

NBC Sports has officially (and finally) confirmed that Keith Olbermann will not be on Football Night in America this season.

On August 5 I reported Olbermann was out at ‘FNIA’ due to concerns about his MSNBC duties being affected by his NBC football broadcast appearances.

The first Football Night In America broadcast is tomorrow night as the New Orleans Saints host the Minnesota Vikings. I’ve been told by an NBC official that Dan Patrick will take over Olbermann’s previous duties - which included narrating highlights from other games during the season.