Nate Silver to Join ESPN: Report

Silver to contribute to Keith Olbermann's forthcoming talkshow

Statistician Nate Silver is heading from The New York Times to ESPN, and will take his FiveThirtyEight franchise with him.

Silver, a number-cruncher who rose to fame by projecting the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, will likely be a contributor to Keith Olbermann’s forthcoming ESPN2 latenight talkshow “Olbermann,” according to a report from Brian Stelter of The New York Times.

Move will mark a significant return to the sports sector for Silver, who first drew a national audience as a statistician and writer for sports site Baseball Prospectus before transitioning his skill set into the political realm.

Along with working with ESPN’s portfolio of properties, Silver is also expected to contribute to ABC during political years. ABC, like ESPN, is owned by Disney.

Silver’s contract with The Times is set to expire next month.

ESPN declined comment Friday night.

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