Nate Silver Dumps New York Times for ESPN

FiveThirtyEight wunderkind joins forces with sports giant

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The New York Times has let statistics wunderkind Nate Silver slip from its grasp, much to the delight of ESPN and ABC News.

Silver, the political number cruncher who predicted the 2012 and 2008 presidential elections with spooky accuracy, has signed a deal to take his FiveThirtyEight franchise to ESPN, where he’ll  “serve as editor in chief and build a team of journalists, editors, analysts and contributors in the coming months,” said ESPN president John Skipper.

ESPN is a seemingly perfect fit for Silver, who amassed a cult following in baseball circles prior to the 2008 launch of the FiveThirtyEight blog.



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