Silver’s switch may not succeed

Nate Silver’s move to the ESPN mother ship may be the best thing for all concerned. …

I started pondering this many years ago, probably before [Nate] Silver was born, about the marketability of polls, the kind that Silver enjoys bundling. I wanted to be able to syndicate poll results to newspapers and TV stations for money: edgy polls on sexy topics, not just presidential approval questions. What I discovered is that newspaper readership surveys and TV news audience viewership studies don’t find there’s much of a mass-market demand for polling results. …

So the story is that Silver is returning to his roots, to baseball data and the “Moneyball” culture that has evolved in other big-time money sports like the NBA and NFL. [cont.]

David Hill (Hill Research Consultants), The Hill