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Play Index Tools Now with Short Surveys & no Ads

Posted by sean on October 8, 2014

Since we've launched the various Play Index tools on our sites, we've struggled with the best way to monetize what we feel is the deepest and most powerful set of sports data tools anywhere. We know they are useful, our users, the teams, broadcast networks, and newspaper reporters tell us so.

On baseball, we charge an annual fee of $36, but our best guess is that the traffic and audience of the other sites would not be sufficient to make a subscription model worth our while. We have been running traditional banner ads on those pages, but they pay so little and the play index content is niche content (valuable, but niche content) so the traffic will never rise that high on the play index pages. So we have decided to remove all banner advertising and instead run Google consumer surveys on the non-baseball play index pages.

Here's how it works. The first time you run a report each day your results will be obscured and you will be asked to answer a 1-5 question survey. After you answer the survey, your requested report will be shown to you and you won't see another survey for that site on that browser for 24 hours (multi-question surveys are good for 48 hours). These surveys pay us around 5 cents per survey which, while it doesn't sound like much, is about 15 times what we would get from banner ads on those pages. Here is an FAQ if you are wondering how Google uses this information.

Also, if you find these gateway surveys a step too far, consider subscribing to our Ad-Free Access. Starting at $20/year you can surf every Sports Reference page ad and survey free.

If you are wondering what our play index tools are, give them a try. We think you'll enjoy them.
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Situational Rate Stats on Hockey-Reference.com

Posted by Hans Van Slooten on September 25, 2014

As part of our plan to continue to add "advanced" stats to the site, we've included new rate stats on the "Additional Stats" pages for players. These new stats are primarily "per 60 minutes" versions of already existing stats, but we also have included a break out of assists to include both 1st and 2nd assists per 60 minutes. The advantage of the "per 60" versions of these stats is that it makes it easier to compare players with wildly varying amounts of ice time.

 

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These stats are available by clicking on the "Additional Stats" link on the player pages:

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As always, we appreciate any feedback or questions.

4 Comments | Posted in Advanced Stats, Announcement, Hockey-Reference.com

More #FancyStats Features Added to Hockey-Reference.com

Posted by Hans Van Slooten on September 3, 2014

It's been a while since we last announced new "advanced stats" features to Hockey-Reference, but with the latest shake ups in the hockey stats world, we felt that this was a good time to begin rolling out new features for the more statistically-minded fans out there. This is by no means the only roll out, as there are numerous features to come, but we feel it is better to roll out features as we complete them rather than waiting until they are all done.

That said, here's what we've added:

1) Additional Possession Stats to the Player Additional Stats Page

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We've added Situational TOIRelative Corsi For %, Relative Fenwick For %, On-Ice Save and Shooting %, and Offensive and Defensive Zone Start %. You can find these on any player page after 2006 by clicking on Additional Stats at the top of their regular stats.

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2) A Play Index Finder for Team Advanced Stats

Until we can add additional stats to all of the league and team pages, we've created a simple Finder that allows you to run queries against the team advanced stats. To find this tool, just go to the top-left menu and click play index, then Team Advanced Stats Finder. This report can be run on any or all teams from 2007-2014.

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3) Finally, as a small addition to the play-by-play stats, we've included Faceoff Wins and Losses.

We hope you enjoy these new features and keep checking back often as we add more #FancyStat features as we approach the new season. As always, we appreciate any questions and feedback.

8 Comments | Posted in Advanced Stats, Announcement, Hockey-Reference.com, Play Index

Surf Sports Reference Faster – Buy Ad-Free Access on all sites

Posted by sean on June 17, 2014

We like to keep our sites really, really fast and obsess over as many performance details as we can. Unfortunately one area where we have little control is in the performance of our advertisements as companies of our size typically outsource this task. We rely on ads for 85% of our revenue, but we are aware that some of these ads degrade our service.

We have decided to launch a new ad-free service. It's available on all of our sites and for $20 you can surf all of our sites ad-free. To sign up see the "AD FREE" link that now appears at the top of every page.

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Using this service will make your surfing experience much faster and will continue to support our site.

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9 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

Additional Possession and Play-by-Play Enhancements on Hockey-Reference

Posted by Hans Van Slooten on June 17, 2014

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we continue to work on our possession and play-by-play stats, and we have released the next enhancement, additional situations.

As a brief primer on what the new situations mean:

  • All Situations, Even Strength, Power Play, and Short-Handed are the traditional situations and mean what you expect them to.
  • 5-on-5 is situations where there were five skaters on the ice for both teams. It is similar to Even Strength, but doesn't include 4-on-4.
  • 5-on-5 Close is situations where there were five skaters on the ice for both teams and:
    - The score is within 1 point in the 1st or 2nd Period, or
    - The score is tied in the 3rd Period.
  • 5-on-5 Tied is situations where there were five skaters on the ice for both teams and the score was tied.

When you click on a situational tab, all of the stats on that page are for that situation (Blocks, Hits, Corsi For, etc.).

Where are they?

To find these stats, go to a player's page (one who's played in a game since the 2007-08 season) and you will see a link to "Additional Stats":

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Clicking on that will take you to the Additional Stats pages where you can see these new enhancements.

We welcome any feedback or questions you have about these new features.

Comments Off | Posted in Advanced Stats, Announcement, Features, Hockey-Reference.com

Team Average Age by TOI

Posted by Hans Van Slooten on June 10, 2014

We've added a feature to the league and team year pages that allow you to see the average age of team. It is weighted by time on ice, since we feel that is the most accurate representation of the team's "age."

To see this, simply go to either a league or team year page and scroll down to the stats section.

On a league year page it will look like this:

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On a team year page, it will look like this:

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As always, we welcome any feedback.

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

Beta Play-by-Play Stats Now Available for Players on Hockey-Reference

Posted by Hans Van Slooten on June 5, 2014

We are beginning to release some new stats on Hockey-Reference that we are lumping together into "Play-by-Play Stats". In this initial release, we are including basic counting stats on the player level -- like Hits, Blocks, Takeaways, and Giveaways -- as well as possession stats like Corsi and Fenwick.

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We intend to provide a full introduction to all of these new stats on the site before they come out of beta, but for now take a look at this article over at Grantland. These stats come with a few of caveats, which is why they are being released as "beta":

  1. There are a few games missing from the data that we are working to remedy.
  2. This release only includes individual players. Teams and a Play Index are under development.
  3. Corsi and Fenwick numbers are not scaled to 60 minutes as is standard. These will be added in the future.
  4. The Corsi/Fenwick numbers are only provided for Even Strength situations. Other situations (e.g. SH, PP, 5-on-5 close, etc.) will be provided in the future.
  5. This data only goes back to the 2007-2008 season.

To see these new stats, simply go to a player page of someone that has played since the 2007-08 season and click on the "Additional Stats" tab in their NHL Stats table:

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With that in mind, we welcome any feedback and look forward to expanding this area significantly in the off-season.

 

4 Comments | Posted in Advanced Stats, Announcement, Hockey-Reference.com

Maintenance Downtime (a few minutes), afternoon of May 14, 2014

Posted by admin on May 13, 2014

Due to a need to replace a faulty power supply the sites will be down for hopefully just a few minutes tomorrow afternoon as the power supply is being replace. The work is scheduled to occur sometime between 1 and 3 pm ET and should affect only our CFB, CBB and Olympics sites and this blog. Should a longer outage be necessary or any additional sites be affected, we will post any updates to our twitter accounts.

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Hat Trick Leaders now on Hockey Reference

Posted by Hans Van Slooten on April 14, 2014

We have added hat trick leaderboards to Hockey Reference. While we only have game logs going back to the 1987-88 season, we are able to do some magic to also include the career hat trick leaders. To see this functionality, you can go to the menu item Leaders > All NHL & WHA Leaders & Records:

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Then, scroll down to the Hat Tricks line:

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You can also see the hat tricks on the individual player leaderboards:

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Let us know if you have any comments or questions.

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

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