Time.com's Jack Dickey, writing for Time, has a profile of Nate Silver, the data maven who will be bringing his number-crunching digital publication, FiveThirtyEight, to ESPN later this month. There's plenty of good stuff in there (for subscribers) about ESPN's courtship of Silver.
Nate Silver's ESPN-owned FiveThirtyEight site is not going to be The Nate Silver Show + a few contributors. Silver's plan is to make it a Grantland II, of sorts.
Last week, Nate Silver, the statistician who became famous (and stupidly infamous) for his political forecasting, bolted The New York Times for ESPN. Curious how he'll fit in at a company dedicated to producing more noise than signal? Wondering how it felt getting tossed under the bus somewhere along Eighth Avenue?…
Nate Silver hasn't even started working at ESPN yet, and he's already one of the most powerful people at the network. He's getting a deal that took Bill Simmons a decade to get:
New York Times media writer Brian Stelter has broken a big bit of news on this Friday night: Nate Silver, sabermetrician and electoral seer, is leaving the Times and heading to ESPN. He's taking FiveThirtyEight with him, too. And yet that's not the juiciest bit.
In nine days, we will celebrate(?) the 20th anniversary of Montreal's '93 championship, the last time a Canadian team hoisted the Stanley Cup. Today in the Times, Nate Silver takes a stab at the most jingoistically painful futility in professional sports.
Presenting your 2013 NCAA Tournament Metabracket. Click the annotations to see which teams Nate Silver, Joe Lunardi, Seth Davis, Barack Obama, Matt Norlander, Jay Bilas, and Luke Winn picked to advance through each round. (Click the "Next" button in the lower right corner to see the Sweet 16 and onward.)
Last weekend, I went to the sixth annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Attendance has gone up every year, and it gets harder and harder to get a feel for who actually goes to this thing: Why were they there? Were they still all sabermetrics geeks? High-powered businessmen? To find out, I did some analysis of…
News came down today that the Big East's non-FBS football schools have officially decided to leave the conference, a decision made by unanimous vote and one we've been expecting for a few days. It's easy to feel a little fearful about the Big East's basketball powers (sans UConn) striking out on their own—the Big East…
The "Redskins Rule" failed to pick the winner for second time in three presidential races, so it looks like everyone will have to pick a new random sports thing as their favorite election-prediction oracle. Instead of just choosing some random team's game, we decided to go to the sports site that really has its finger…
In case you haven't been hanging around the benighted corners of the political internet lately, there's an idiotic backlash afoot against Nate Silver, the proprietor of the FiveThirtyEight blog who made his name as one of the sharpest baseball analysts around.
Harvey Araton of the New York Times, reporting from Baltimore, sets the new/old standard for witless hackery today: