/// Nate Silver Dumps New York Times for ESPN

July 20, 2013  |  Media Week

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 contribute to Keith Olbermann's new late night show . 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. Sabermetrics enthusiasts embraced Silver's homemade PECOTA system (Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm), which he developed as a means to accurately forecast the performance and future prospects of Major League Baseball players. Silver sold PECOTA to Baseball Prospectus in 2003, but he continued to manage the system through the end of the decade. Political junkies got a taste of Silver's statistical prowess during the 2008 election, when he correctly predicted the winner in 49 of 50 states. He also nailed all 35 of that year's Senate races. The Times licensed FiveThirtyEight in 2010. Silver's prognostications in the Obama-Romney race were even more on the money than they were in the previous election; not only did he correctly pick the winner in each state, but on the morning voters headed to the polls, Silver said Obama would take 313 electoral votes to Romney's 225

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Nate Silver Dumps New York Times for ESPN



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