Jan 25, 2018 - Economy & Business

ESPN considering sale of Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight

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ESPN is exploring "a variety of options" for Nate Silver's website FiveThirtyEight, including a sale to The Atlantic or integration with another Disney property like ABC News, The Big Lead reports.

Why it matters: The prediction site was first acquired by ESPN from the New York Times in 2013. While rumors of a sale or spinoff are still speculative, the network has undergone a number of changes in the past year in an effort to adapt to a digital-first media landscape.

"FiveThirtyEight is a tremendous asset to ESPN, and together we’ve created exceptional content. We are exploring, with Nate, a variety of options for the future, and any discussion of exactly what that might look like would be premature."
— ESPN spokesperson
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