The worldwide leader in sports is bringing back one of the familiar faces that helped grow the sports network into the what it is today as ESPN announced on Friday that Keith Olbermann will receive multiple opportunities across ESPN’s platforms.

Olbermann’s official return to ESPN started in January but only in small segments. Now, the longtime SportsCenter anchor will be given a wide-ranging platform on the network moving forward.

ESPN released the following information regarding what Olbermann will be doing for the network moving forward:

  • SportsCenter: He will continue to develop regular features on timely and historical topics (he has been doing SportsCenter pieces since January such as the Jordan/LeBron debate and how the sports world responded to MLK’s assassination). Olbermann will also guest anchor approximately 20 special editions of the 11 p.m. ET SportsCenterthroughout the year.
  • MLB: Olbermann will take on select studio and game assignments, including play-by-play for a few games as well as a handful of studio hosting responsibilities on Baseball Tonight and cut-ins/highlights within game telecasts. Additionally, he will be on site at the MLB All-Star Game,  hosting segments for SportsCenter. He will also host SportsCenter segments during the MLB post-season, including the World Series.
  • Additional studio shows: As he has done in recent weeks, Olbermann will co-host a handful of editions of PTI and will make guest appearances on Outside the Lines with host Bob Ley. A couple recent examples include Olbermann on PTI & Olbermann on OTL.
  • ESPN Audio: Olbermann is expected to make appearances as both a guest host and a call-in guest on various ESPN Audio programs.

Olbermann offered up this comment in a prepared statement with the news:

“Since we started this, my 6th separate tenure with ESPN, in January, I’ve found the variety of assignments to be most the fun and energizing of all my stints. Adding stuff like being a rookie 59-year old play-by-play guy, plus the Rip Van Winkle of SportsCenter, only adds to the smorgasbord. Can’t wait, and at my age, I shouldn’t.”

Olbermann’s career at ESPN originally began back in 1992.