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Reports: Nate Silver to join ESPN

7/20/13 in Media   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - Reports: Nate Silver to join ESPNNate Silver, the statistician who accurately predicted the 2008 and 2012 presidential election at his FiveThirtyEight blog, is reportedly leaving the New York Times for ESPN. Given that the story was broken by Silver's current employer, there's no reason to believe it isn't true and that an official announcement is coming shortly.

Silver will have many duties at ESPN, including a role at ABC News involving politics. This is big news for those (*raises hand*) who found Silver's prognostications invaluable during the campaign. Silver is also expected to have a big role in Keith Olbermann's new nightly program on ESPN2.

While Silver is much more known for his political forecasts, his career started in baseball. He spent 7 years at Baseball Prospectus and created their PECOTA player forecasting system. He joins a significant number of BP alumni, including Keith Law, Jonah Keri, Christina Kahrl, and others to ESPN.

This move further shows that while ESPN allows for a lot of buffoonery, they do spend a significant amount of resources to the analytics movement in sports. As much as the aforementioned buffoons bemoan them, analytics is not going away, as almost by definition it's always developing something new and trying to improve what's already there. In hiring arguably the most famous stat guy in America right now, ESPN continues to show it understands that.
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