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Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight will be a separate site at ESPN, like Bill Simmons’ Grantland

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When the news broke Friday that political blogger Nate Silver is leaving the New York Times (s NYT) for ESPN (s DIS), I was worried that the FiveThirtyEight blog would cease to exist.

Luckily, it sounds as if that’s not the case: Politico reports that Silver’s “flagship will return to FiveThirtyEight.com, which currently clicks through to NYTimes.com.” Mike Allen writes:

“The model they proposed to Silver was Bill Simmons, ‘The Sports Guy,’ who has a personal megabrand within the ESPN brand through his ‘B.S. Report,’ blogs and podcasts. ESPN kept Simmons in part by making him editor-in-chief of a new ESPN website, Grantland.com, devoted to long-form journalism.”

Silver will also reportedly get verticals “devoted to a variety of new topics,” including education, weather and economics, and will play a role come Oscars season. It’s unclear how much political coverage will stay on the site.

Silver hasn’t commented on FiveThirtyEight’s move yet, but the NYT had a statement for Politico: “We valued our partnership with Nate, particularly during the 2012 election campaign, and we wish him every success in the future.”