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Automatic Player Linker Tutorial (Video)

Posted by Neil on November 9, 2012

Here's an updated video to describe the Sports-Reference Automatic Player Linker tools, which are now available for college football & basketball and hockey:

Also, here's the old tutorial video:

As always, if you want to be included in the program, just email me with the following information:

  • the name of your site to appear in the feed (at most 25 characters)
  • the url for your rss feed (must be a full feed)
  • a contact e-mail address
  • the url of an example page with our links in place

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

Search Our Stats Using the Play Index

Posted by Neil on November 8, 2012

We're a week and a half into the 2013 season, and it's time for a reminder to check out the Basketball-Reference Play Index. In case you don't already know about the PI, it's a set of research tools that allow you to create customizable queries on our database, save the results, and share them with others. With the PI, you can:

  • Use the Player Season Finder to search through all NBA, ABA, & BAA players' regular season and playoff statistics for performances that match your criteria.
  • Use the Player Game Finder to search through NBA players' regular season and playoff game logs (since 1985-86) for games matching your criteria.
  • Use the Head-to-Head Finder to search for games in which two selected players played against each other.
  • Search for player and team consecutive-game streaks that match your criteria using the Streak Finders.
  • Search for team performances that meet your criteria with the Team Season Finder and Team Game Finder.
  • Use the Draft Finder to search through every NBA/BAA draft for picks that match your criteria.
  • Use the Player Comparison Finder to compare the stats of up to four players through (or in) a given season.

Also, take a look at the Play Index Plus for even more data-searching goodness. The PI+ lets you sift through the play-by-play data of every game since 2001, making it possible to look for specific events, lineup data, and shooting stats (including clutch shots and shot breakdowns by distance).

Best of all, these features are 100% free to use! So go ahead, give them a try, and you'll wonder how you ever got along without them.

3 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Features, Play Index

Field and Stadium Types Added to Team Game Finder

Posted by Mike on November 8, 2012

We've just added field type (grass or artificial) and stadium type (domed, open, or retractable roof) to the team game finder tool, which you can use to learn that Oakland is 1-7 in road games on turf in the past 5 years or the Packers are 18-12 in domes since 2002. In addition, we are trying to hunt down data indicating whether a retractable roof stadium was open or closed on gameday -- if you have any source of that data, let us know in the comments.

3 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Pro-Football-Reference.com

Elo School Rater

Posted by Neil on November 7, 2012

Who has the greatest college football program ever? Check out the Elo School Rater to see how our users voted, and cast a few votes yourself!

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, CFB at Sports Reference, Features

News and Notes

Posted by Justin Kubatko on November 7, 2012

We are now just a little over a week into the 2012-13 NBA season, so I wanted to fill you in on some things that have been happening over at Basketball-Reference.com:

  • Daily site updates started on October 31, and so far it looks like there haven't been any major issues. If you notice something, though, please don't hesitate to let us know.
  • I have added lineup pages for both players and teams. These pages display net results per 100 possessions for the most-used lineups (based on playing time) for each player/team.
  • I have added a league-wide injury report to supplement the injury reports that appear near the top of each team's roster and stats page.
  • Each season now has four player stat pages: Totals, Per Game, Per 36 Minutes, and Advanced. In the past there were just pages for basic totals and advanced stats.
  • The 2011-12 D-League stats have (finally) been updated with playoff stats, award winners, etc.
  • The 2012 WNBA stats should be added sometime in the next week or two.
  • Don't forget that we added a referees section in the offseason. These pages will be updated daily during the season.
  • Thanks to the efforts of Jeff Kramer, we added a contracts section in the offseason. The contract data will be updated on a regular basis during the season. Keep in mind that there will be some delay between when a transaction takes place and when the database is updated, as Jeff often has to chase down contract details.

Well, that's all for now. Please continue to enjoy and support the site, and as always you're feedback is welcome.

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com

Features: Milestone Watch

Posted by Neil on November 6, 2012

If you're interested in measuring active players' stat totals against historical records or impressive-sounding round numbers, check out our NBA Milestone Watch.

On that page, you can select one of 11 different statistical categories (Games Played, FG, 3-Pointers, FT, Offensive, Defensive, & Total Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocks, and Points) and track current players' progress toward certain milestones in that stat. On the left side of the page, you'll see the race for specific round numbers in each category, and on the right side there's a table showing where the top active players rank in NBA history, including how many of that stat they need to accumulate to move up in the all-time rankings.

So go ahead and take a look at it -- it's updated daily along with the rest of our stats, so you'll be able to track your favorite player's assault on history all season long.

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Features, History

PFR Game Score Finder

Posted by Neil on November 5, 2012

We don't know what tonight's game will hold, but it just might end with an historically-unique final score. If so, as a Pro-Football-Reference user you'll know first because you can run a search on any combination of final scores to see how often they've occurred all-time.

Using the main table on this page, and clicking the "count" column header to sort by he number of instances in the database, you can find the rarest and most common scores in pro football history. You might be surprised to see the number of combinations that have taken place just once, running the gamut from 66-0 blowouts to brutal 5-3 affairs. And at the other end of the spectrum, 20-17 is by far the most common all-time final score.

Play around with the tool for a while, and you'll always know where to find an answer when somebody asks, "how often does this score happen?"

6 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Features, Play Index, Pro-Football-Reference.com

2012-2013 Major League Baseball Free Agent List

Posted by Neil on November 2, 2012

Looking for a list of 2012-13 MLB Free Agents this offseason? Go to this page:

2012-2013 Free Agents with Statistics

There you'll find a table like this (except with even more stats):

2 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, expire120d, Features

New Front-Page Standings Interface

Posted by Neil on November 2, 2012

Many of you may have noticed that we slightly tweaked our front-page standings table for the 2012-13 season. Now it looks like this:

 

Team W L
SAS (1) F C $ 2 0

What do F, C, and $ mean?

Clicking "F" next to the team abbreviation brings up the team's Franchise Page, which contains a year-by-year summary of the team's entire history.

Clicking "C" will call up the Clubhouse Page for each team. Team clubhouse pages contain a snapshot of where the team is and how they're playing right now, with a calendar-style schedule, team four factors & leaders, and a table of player stats over the team's last 10 games.

Finally, "$" takes you to the team's Contracts Page. These pages list the team's payroll for the current season and the next four seasons, plus descriptions regarding the terms of every player's contract.

We hope these new links will make it even easier for you to navigate our site and get the info you need this season.

5 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Features

First 2012-13 Update Likely to be Delayed

Posted by Justin Kubatko on October 30, 2012

Due to storm damage at our data provider's ISP, it is unlikely that Basketball-Reference.com will be updated tomorrow morning with the results from opening night. We will try to get these results up as soon as possible. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

Update: It turns out the update was not delayed. The site should now be updated with the results from last night. Please let us know if you find any bugs.

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, expire2d

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