Ex-ESPN stars will reunite for 'Football Night'


Former ESPN "SportsCenter" partners Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick will reunite beginning in September to call highlights for NBC's "Football Night in America" on Sundays.

Meanwhile, James Brown, Phil Simms and Cris Collinsworth will host the renowned "Inside the NFL" when the show returns to the air on Showtime.

Olbermann and Patrick became well known in sports TV during the 51/2 years they co-hosted ESPN's signature "SportsCenter." It's been 11 years since they were together on TV, with Olbermann leaving for Fox Sports and eventually MSNBC. Patrick left ESPN last year and has been doing a daily talk show for Sports Illustrated.

"Inside the NFL" is the longest-running series on cable, having aired 31 years on HBO before the network canceled it this year. Showtime and CBS Sports said a month ago that it had revived the series, which will air Wednesdays throughout the season, produced by NFL Films' Steve Sabol and CBS Sports' Sean McManus. (partialdiff)