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
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.

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Jul 20, 2013 12:20 PM CDT
Can we put a moratorium on using 'curveball' in baseball articles? I thought they taught that as lazy writing. And not really fitting, as its not surprising. Former baseball analyst...
Jul 20, 2013 12:20 PM CDT
If anything, its a change up.
Jul 20, 2013 10:54 AM CDT
Good for him. His political predictions were almost perfect, which made the GOP hate his guts. Still can't figure THAT out. I guess shooting the messenger was the only thing they could think of...