Keith Olbermann Leaving ESPN Will he return to news for Election 2016? By Newser Editors, Newser Staff Posted Jul 8, 2015 7:34 PM CDT 44 comments Comments Keith Olbermann in 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file) (Newser) – Keith Olbermann is a man without a network again. ESPN will not renew his contract at the end of this month, news that seems to have been broken by author James Miller in a tweet. The network calls Olbermann a "tremendous talent" but says it "ultimately made a business decision to move in another direction." No word yet from Olbermann, who will now be leaving ESPN for the second time. The Hollywood Reporter says ESPN recently asked Olbermann to ditch his famous commentary, which might have been a deal-breaker for him. So what's next? It's anybody's guess, but CNNMoney notes there's lots of speculation about Olbermann going back to a news program in time for the 2016 election.