N.Y. Times political blogger Nate Silver
is "moving his FiveThirtyEight franchise to ESPN," where he is "expected to have a wide-ranging portfolio." In addition to "writing and number-crunching," Silver will "most likely be a regular contributor" to Keith Olbermann's new show, "Olbermann."
Silver's three-year contract with the N.Y. Times is "set to expire in late August and his departure will most likely be interpreted as a blow to the company" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/20
). USA TODAY's Rem Rieder wrote Silver's departure is "a huge loss for the New York Times," but a "major pickup for ESPN" (USATODAY.com, 7/20