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Sports Reference Ending Page Sponsorships

Posted by sean on July 1, 2016

If you are a friend of Sports Reference, you'll know that sponsorships, which launched in July of 2002, were our second revenue generator (the first being just asking for money). For those who want to know, Charles Saeger sponsored Scott Erickson on July 21, 2002 to kick things off. For a number of years, sponsorships were our main revenue generator and paid all of the bills. Since 2006, however, sponsorships have become less and less of our overall revenue, now representing less than 4% of our annual revenue.

There are a couple of reasons for this decline. We have ad-free and play index products, so heavy users can now buy stuff from us, and perhaps a bigger deal, the sites have gotten very popular. We have always priced the sponsorships based on the number of pageviews each page sees to offset the loss of ad revenue we forego with the sponsorship message. Kobe Bryant's page now costs $3,320 to sponsor. Understandably, that exceeds most people's budgets or their level of interest. So with a bit of a sad heart, I've decided to shut down the page sponsorship system. We will stop accepting new sponsorships as we re-launch our sites with their new redesign. This will start in June with Hockey and Pro Football and proceed from there.

What about existing sponsors? We are happy to refund the remaining sponsorship time on a prorated basis. If you do not ask for a refund, we will include your message permanently on the player or team page, but in a location lower on the page (see below). I can guarantee that your message will appear for at least two years in its new location and, while we won't guarantee it beyond that, I have no plans to remove it following the end of two years. We'll contact all of our existing sponsors via email laying out their options as we wind down page sponsorships.

New Location of Emeritus Page Sponsorships

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2016 NBA Free Agent Tracker

Posted by Mike Lynch on July 1, 2016

Head spinning from all of the reports as NBA Free Agency kicks off? Bookmark our 2016 NBA Free Agent Tracker which will update constantly with the latest reports.

No Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Data

Get Ready for the 2016 NBA Draft

Posted by Mike Lynch on June 22, 2016

The 2016 NBA Draft will take place Thursday night, June 23. Here's some draft info you should check out before, during & after the draft:

No Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Data, Draft, History, Play Index

All-Time NFL Players of the Week on Pro Football Reference

Posted by Mike Lynch on June 22, 2016

About 9 months ago, we added NFL Players of the Week back to 1997 on Pro Football Reference. Shortly after that, we were able to extend that data back to 1989. Now, thanks to an assist from football researcher extraordinaire John Turney, we have completed this data back to 1984, which was the first year that the NFL handed out these awards.

These winners can be seen on the pages we have built for each NFL Week (such as Week 1 of 1984) and also in this register of the all-time NFC/AFC Player of the Week winners. You'll notice that Special Teamers were first awarded in 1993.

No Comments | Posted in Announcement, Awards, Data, Pro-Football-Reference.com

A Statistical Look at the Top Prospects in the NBA Draft

Posted by Jonah Gardner on June 22, 2016

With a 3-point shot, a stunning block, and perhaps the most iconic non-dunk of all-time, the 2016 NBA Finals and the 2015-16 NBA season are officially in the books. But there's hardly enough time to hold Cleveland's first championship parade in half a century and order a commemorative DVD before the basketball world moves on to the next thing: The 2016 NBA Draft.

Last week, we looked at the challenge facing the team that owns this year's #1 overall pick, the Philadelphia 76ers. However, we also saw the potential reward that awaits them, as the Cleveland Cavaliers just won a title with two players they drafted #1 overall: LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

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Redesign: Team and League Logos Courtesy SportsLogos.net

Posted by sean on June 19, 2016

See SportsLogos.net for historical and current sports logos

Chris Creamer does amazing work at SportsLogos.net and I've been wanting to work with him for quite a while to put examples of past and current logos on our sites.  So when our 2016 redesign got underway, we worked out an agreement that we could use copies of his aggregated logos on our site.

We also realize that many historical logos show offensive representations of various ethnic groups and peoples that were commonplace in their time and in American society. These representations are wrong now and were wrong then. We present them, as we do all of our facts, to educate and illuminate, and these prejudices have been an unfortunate part of the history of the sports we all enjoy and love.

Obviously, we do not own these logos and cannot give you permission to use them. We use them under a fair use argument. We use small resolution images, which do not impact the economic viability of the logos for their owners. And we provide them for educational purposes only. It's up to you to know the relevant intellectual property law and, since I'm not a lawyer, this is clearly not legal advice.

Enough with the disclaimers. Check out some old-time teams for some old-time logo goodness.

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Three Ways to Mess Up the #1 Pick in the NBA Draft

Posted by Jonah Gardner on June 16, 2016

It's tough to remember, since we're in the middle of the wild, entertaining, and cheap shot filled 2016 NBA Finals, but in just around a week, it'll be time for the 2016 NBA Draft. That's right, we only have to wait until next Thursday to find out if Brandon Ingram or Ben Simmons will be the newest member of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Simply obtaining the number one pick is a huge moment for the 76ers. It'll be the third time in franchise history that the team has selected first overall and the first major decision of the team's new regime, led by GM Bryan Colangelo.

Unfortunately, a dark truth lingers in the background of the NBA Draft, the Lottery, and the debate over the process that brought Philly here: It's very, very easy to screw up the #1 pick. There are the famous busts, of course, but more than that, there's just not that many times that the team with the number one pick in the NBA Draft can look back at what happened and say to themselves "Yup, we'd do that again if we had the chance."

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Sports Reference to Launch Redesigned Sites this Summer

Posted by sean on June 14, 2016

If you follow me on twitter, you know that this work has been a long time coming. Starting last summer, Adam Wodon, Adam Darowski, and I started throwing around ideas for a more mobile-friendly version of our sites. Our mobile experience is probably charitably described as limited and functional and with now over 2/3rd's of our visits coming from handheld devices, we clearly needed to up our game there.

This led to complete review of what we have on our sites and how we present that data on desktop and how we can make that usable on a small screen. It's not easy and after months of design, user testing and work, we have an approach that we believe will serve both desktop and mobile users better than they are now. This is the first in a series of posts we'll publish about our redesign.

20 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, CFB at Sports Reference, Hockey-Reference.com, Pro-Football-Reference.com

2016 MLB Draft Tools

Posted by Mike Lynch on June 8, 2016

The 2016 MLB Draft will be held from June 9-11, so here are some tools to get you ready:

1 Comment | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Data, Draft, History

Player and Team Elo Rater Shutting Down

Posted by sean on June 3, 2016

We have decided to remove the team and player Elo Rating pages. We had high hopes for the raters when we launched them but over the years they have too often become a test tube for online campaigns to elevate Dallas Cowboys or push down Los Angeles Lakers to a degree that we don't have any faith that they represent actual general user opinions on the relative quality of players or teams.

These pages will be removed as we launch our redesigned sites this summer beginning with hockey in a week or two.

33 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, CFB at Sports Reference, Hockey-Reference.com, Olympics at S-R, Pro-Football-Reference.com

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