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Report: ESPN Is Considering Selling 538

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The Worldwide Leader is considering selling FiveThirtyEight.

ESPN is reportedly considering selling one of its sub-sites. The statistical-based site, FiveThirtyEight, is reportedly being shopped around.

The Big Lead reports that ESPN is "exploring" selling FiveThirtyEight. There's reportedly a decent amount of interest in Nate Silver's site, too.

By the time mid-term election season really heats up, Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight will in all likelihood have a different platform than ESPN. The Big Lead has learned that ESPN is exploring its options to sell or otherwise divest from the brand.

An ESPN spokesperson provided the following statement to The Big Lead: “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.”

According to a person with knowledge of the news, there is “significant interest” in FiveThirtyEight. Among the several potential options are a sale to The Atlantic or another outlet, or moving the platform elsewhere in the Disney umbrella, most likely integrating it with ABC News. Unauthorized to speak publicly on the matter, the person requested anonymity.

FiveThirtyEight was acquired by ESPN in 2013. Its content is highly-regarded and usually very well done, but it seems to be rarely showcased on a prominent level within the Worldwide Leader.

The Big Lead reports that FiveThirtyEight could end up getting moved to another part of Disney's umbrella. There's also interest from other outlets like The Atlantic.

This will certainly be an interesting storyline to follow moving forward. It looks like ESPN is going to have a decent amount of changes in the next year.