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Nate Silver is coming back to sports: joins ESPN

Jul 20, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

Nate Silver

This is of interest to the statheads mostly. Nate Silver, former Baseball Prospectus honcho and developer of BP’s PECOTA projection system — and a guy who has gotten a bit of notice for some political prognostication form time to time — is joining ESPN. The New York Times reports on its own significant loss:

Nate Silver, the statistician who attained national fame for his accurate projections about the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, is parting ways with The New York Times and moving his FiveThirtyEight franchise to ESPN, the sports empire controlled by the Walt Disney Company, according to ESPN employees with direct knowledge of his plans.

At ESPN, Mr. Silver is expected to have a wide-ranging portfolio. Along with his writing and number-crunching, he will most likely be a regular contributor to “Olbermann,” the late-night ESPN2 talk show hosted by Keith Olbermann that will have its debut at the end of August. In political years, he will also have a role at ABC News, which is owned by Disney.

I know most folks know Silver for 538 and his election projections, but he’s a pretty major figure in baseball analysis and its cool that he’s going to be getting back to that. And, presumably, analysis of other sports as well.


  1. aceshigh11 - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Nate Silver is an absolute ASSET to anyone who employs him, be it in politics, sports…whatever.

    The man is a wizard.

    Looking forward to Olbermann’s comeback too. Even though he’s a neurotic, egotistical pain in the ass, he’s great broadcaster.

    • 4d3fect - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      What s/he said.

      -Also, I’m old enough to remember Olbemann’s stint on KCBS in LA, laughing my ass off, and thinking, “this guy needs his own show” .

    • okwhitefalcon - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      In another story with a “Silver” lining, David and his posse will be rappin’ and breakdancin’ at The Peach Pit this evening with Donna, Kelly and Benda attending as well.

  2. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Lol, stick to politics nerd! What do you know about baseball?

    (and now we wait)

    • paperlions - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      Nate Silver could have accurately projected that only 30% of people would have recognized that as sarcasm.

    • cur68 - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      drunknatesilver nods in approval

  3. Uncle Charlie - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Just when you thought I was out, they suck ya back in again. Damn you ESPN, damn you to hell!!!

  4. Detroit Michael - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Contrary to the headline of this blog post, it’s not clear to me that Nate Silver is coming back to sports. His 538 blog has been roughly 80% politics and 20% sports. Just because it is moving to doesn’t mean the balance is changing necessarily.

    • km9000 - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      I’m guessing he’s been itching to get back into sports, or he would’ve just stayed. And we have another year till the next election (uh, yay).

      ESPN’s magazine in particular embraces advanced stats, so I can see how this would take that even further. But as much as I like Olbermann, he’s obviously quite the polarizing guy, so I’m not sure if this helps Silver.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      If he is moving back to ESPN, then he will be concentrating more on sports.

    • jayquintana - Jul 20, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      Oh, wow. Remember that, too. Was his rival named Fred Rogan?

      • jayquintana - Jul 20, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        Oops. The above was meant as a reply to,

        4d3fect – Jul 20, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        What s/he said.

        -Also, I’m old enough to remember Olbemann’s stint on KCBS in LA, laughing my ass off, and thinking, “this guy needs his own show”

      • km9000 - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        Yeah, he’s still at the NBC affiliate. Doesn’t look like he’s aged in 20 years.

        Whereas Olbermann had the fake glasses, brows, and mustache look back then.

  5. babyfarkmcgeezax - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    George Stephanopolosolisolosols is going to be pissed, political pundits can’t stand Silver’s science-based prognostication

  6. eagles512 - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Anything involving Olbermann will never have me as a viewer.

    • jayquintana - Jul 20, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      It’s in his contract that he can’t talk politics on his ESPN show.

  7. thebadguyswon - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    He will join Olbermann. Boy that sounds exciting. Baseball, Football, Basketball, Obamacare, Immigration and Race Baiting. Good stuff.

    • babyfarkmcgeezax - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Ahh yes, “Race Baiting”, the straw man phrase routinely whipped out by racists who don’t know they are racist.

  8. creek0512 - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    He didn’t do anything special to predict the last two presidential elections. He just used objective polling numbers and then added up electoral votes. Anyone with access to the polling numbers and a calculator could have done it.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      Still pissed off that the black Muslim Black Panther with the forged birth certificate is President, eh?

      You can smell a butthurt ‘bagger from 10 miles away, and not just because their hygiene is typically atrocious.

    • moogro - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Objective polling numbers? Clearly you haven’t read him.

    • cohnjusack - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      …yet so few people did, hence his fame.

      This is kinda of like people who go to museum and see a famous painting and say “Pfft. I could have done that!”. Yeah, well…you didn’t. Coming afterward and emulating his work doesn’t make you anything special.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 20, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      I’m sure Karl Rove is very offended by that last statement.

  9. mrpinkca - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Putting him on the air with Olbermann feels like a waste of his talent.

  10. barkleyblows - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Another racist liberal on ESPN. Nice

    Thought there was enough on this site.

    • cohnjusack - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      Nate Silver is racist?

      I have to say, I’ve never heard this one before.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 20, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        If Nate Silver isn’t racist then how come he only uses white paper?

    • cur68 - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM


      What? Are you drunk or stoned? I’d like to know so I can NOT do that. Dangerous state of mind to be in

  11. Uncle Charlie - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Kill the messenger, republicants.

  12. hercstar - Jul 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Racist liberal? Wat?

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