Stats Whiz Nate Silver Moving to ESPN He'll likely be an Olbermann contributor By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Jul 20, 2013 5:34 AM CDT 3 comments Comments This undated image, courtesy of Brian Silver, shows author and statistician Nate Silver in New York. (AP Photo/Robert Gauldin) (Newser) – Nate Silver, celebrity political statistician and former baseball analyst, has just thrown the New York Times a curveball: He's departing his longtime home at the paper for a gig at ESPN. Nate Silver's contract at the Times, where he soared to fame for his election predictions, is due to expire next month, the paper reports. His role at ESPN isn't yet clear: He's expected to continue to write as well as act as a contributor to Keith Olbermann's upcoming show. He'll also have work at ABC News during election years, the Times notes.