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  •  Interesting (3+ / 0-)
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    Nate does post a lot of sports things on his Twitter feed.

    I'm interested in how this shapes out for the future of FiveThirtyEight.  ESPN is pretty clear that it stays out of political things (for the most part).  At minimum, ESPN is clearly not a medium for analyzing mid term elections.

    "Give me a lever long enough... and I shall move the world." - Archimedes

    by mconvente on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 08:08:27 PM PDT

    •  Sports first for him (5+ / 0-)

      As I recall, he worked in sports analysis--baseball?--long before switching over to politics.

      So I'm pretty confident he is well-accustomed to politically-neutral writing on sports.

      •  You misread me here. (0+ / 0-)

        I'm aware of that.  It's more of a selfish question by me.

        If he's on ESPN doing sports, who's gonna give us our political FiveThirtyEight stuff?

        Looks like he will be working for ABC News during election season, but the days of covering primaries and things like that are probably over.

        "Give me a lever long enough... and I shall move the world." - Archimedes

        by mconvente on Sat Jul 20, 2013 at 04:58:02 AM PDT

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        •  Sorry about that (0+ / 0-)

          mconvente, I don't think his days of covering primaries are over.

          After all, sports will continue on its 365 days a year schedule during election year, and he'll be covering politics extensively in election years while, I assume, not entirely giving up on the sports.

          How can he stop being interested in primaries?

          I suspect that the balance of politics to sports will just shift depending on the quantity of politics underway.

          Besides, if he didn't have statisticians on staff to help crunch the numbers before, with this new contract he'll be able to recruit them now.

    •  During election season (4+ / 0-)

      he likely will be a regular on This Week and a contributor to their election coverage, then get really active in 2016.

      ESPN is part of the ABC/Disney empire.

      It makes sense they would initially portray this as a sports deal since he can basically do a year's worth of coverage for all major sports before getting into the midterms.

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