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Analytics rock star Nate Silver, whose wildly popular statistics- and probability-centric FiveThirtyEight.com website was purchased by the network and will be leaving its current home at the New York Times sometime after August, does have genuine sports bona fides.
While with Baseball Prospectus more than a decade ago, he developed the PECOTA system that has proven an accurate projection tool in forecasting player performance in Major League Baseball.
His inspiration was something a vast majority of fans can relate to: he wanted to win his fantasy league. But in promoting its coup of landing Silver, ESPN has left those of us over here in the sports section wondering exactly what he will do that relates to . . . well, sports.