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Justin Kubatko Leaving Sports Reference

Posted by Justin Kubatko on August 20, 2013

I am sad to announce that after six years, five websites, and hundreds of thousands of lines of code, my tenure at Sports Reference will come to an end this week. More information can be found on my new blog, Statitudes. Thanks to all of the users who have supported the sites that I ran.

45 Responses to “Justin Kubatko Leaving Sports Reference”

  1. Chris Reed Says:

    As someone that uses both baseball and especially hockey reference often, I thank you for the work that you've put into this enterprise over the last six years. It's some top notch work. Good luck in your new endevours!

  2. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @Chris Reed: Thanks, I appreciate that.

  3. Robert Bradley Says:

    Good luck Justin, you've done a great job here (this is the best basketball site around IMO) and it's been a pleasure to take a small part in it!

  4. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @Robert Bradley: Thanks, you've been a tremendous resource over the years.

  5. DSMok1 Says:

    I'm sad to hear you're leaving. Your work has been essential in the development of public advanced basketball statistics. I hope Basketball Reference will continue to be what it has been, and even improve.


  6. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @DSMok1: Thank you.

  7. Mark Growcott Says:

    Sad to hear you are leaving.

    As I have mentioned before, Basketball Reference leaves the others sites behind in innovation and features and in no small way to your stellar work.

    Thanks for the wonderful tools available for us to use.

  8. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @Mark Growcott: Wow, I really appreciate that.

  9. Ty Says:

    Justin, the work that you have done has changed my outlook on sports forever, for the better (this is one of the greatest sites I have ever visited, and I have been doing so for about a decade, now). I hope you succeed in whatever you do in the future. Keep pushing yourself to greater heights.

  10. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @Ty: Thanks, I'll certainly give it my best effort.

  11. Greg Ralls Says:

    Best of luck, Justin. I hope Hockey-Reference continues to be the wonderful resource it has become under your watch.

  12. Ken Pomeroy Says:

    Thanks for your efforts with this site, Justin. It has been a terrific resource for me over the years. Sorry to see you go.

  13. H.Y. Says:

    As a regular visitor of many Sports-Reference sites, I really appreciate what you have done. Thank you again, and good luck.

  14. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @Greg Ralls: Thanks, I hope so too.

  15. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @Ken Pomeroy: Thank you. I'm an admirer of your work in college basketball.

  16. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @H.Y.: Thanks, I hope you continue to be a regular visitor.

  17. Eric Says:

    Thanks to your site, I have calculated Win Shares by hand, saw Chauncey Billups on fire off the shoulder of O'Brien.

    Thanks to your site, I watched the historical 3PA/Poss beam glitter across FTA/Poss near LeBrongate.

    All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Thank you so much, for everything.

  18. Diego Says:


  19. DWarner Says:

    Great to see you moving up...

    Looks like you could be the next John Hollinger with advanced metrics opening the door to uncharted territory.

    I've been with you nearly the entire time of the sites existence after being referred by someone who used to see me utilize basketball almanacs for facts, rather than hitting the web. Your site changed that for me. As a result I've probably introduced 100 or more or the new readers through referring the site out myself. For true basketball heads, it's a must.

    It looks like you've even made step their games up last year incorporating a stronger advanced stat platform. That's progress industry wide in part due to your diligence.

    Advanced metrics are allowing basketball fans and historians another route to look at the game we all love so much, and basketball-reference, I think, has been a big part of that. So thanks for the time you've dedicated to enhancing something that brings joy to my life on this planet.

    Good luck with the new blog. I'll be checking in from time to time. Big fan of the Keltner list...

  20. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @Eric: Thanks, but nothing is lost. The site isn't going away.

  21. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @Diego: It's not that bad. :-)

  22. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @DWarner: Thanks. I would like to think that I played some small part in the evolution of basketball analytics.

  23. LamarMatic Says:

    Thanks for all you've done for the site from a person who's genuinely obsessed with basketball and the trivial statistics of it. Researching basketball without basketball-reference would be like being without google or any other search engine to find various articles from the past.

    Thanks again. I wish you luck in your future projects.

  24. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @LamarMatic: Thanks.

  25. v-zero Says:

    To put it simply: Basketball Reference is my favourite website, and the work you've posted has served as an invaluable archive of intelligent, lucid thought; best of luck with everything, I'll be checking Statitudes frequently.

  26. Bradford Doolittle Says:

    Best of luck Jason. I echo the others in celebrating what you've done with the basketball sites over the years. The NBA site is pretty much open on a tab in my browser 24/7.


  27. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @V-Zero: Thanks, I appreciate that.

  28. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @Bradford Doolittle: Thanks, I'll be sure to let "Jason" know. :-)

  29. Tom Hanrahan Says:

    Justin, I wish ya all the best!

  30. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @Tom Hanrahan: Wow, it's been a long time. Thanks.

  31. Jason J Says:

    Thank you for the many years of service, Justin. You and Neil combined to make this my favorite site on the internet. By a wide margin.

  32. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @Jason J: Thanks. Love the Gravatar by the way.

  33. Ben Says:


    Thanks for all the great work over the years. I'm pretty sure I've been visiting the site pretty much since its inception. It's invaluable to the NBA fan - I've probably had thousands of visits.

    Best of luck in your future endeavours,


  34. Neil Says:

    #17 - Great Blade Runner reference.

  35. Paul Says:

    Thanks, best wishes.

    Good time to re-open some old and new questions for further enhancement of play index search options (such as by draft #,salary and maybe other things like weight, years of contract remaining, college / international experience, draft combine results, etc).

  36. KJOK Says:

    Justin - You were a pleasure to work with. Thanks for putting up with me, and especially for the work you put into College-basketball@sports-reference. Good luck on your new ventures.


  37. Dan Diamond Says:

    Thanks for making such a pleasure to use. The database that we provide to you also has been used to underpin the stats offerings on several sites over the years, but hockey-reference is the only one that's truly intuitive and ultra-fast to use. In some ways it's better than the NHL Official Guide & Record Book, and for me to say that is really saying something! For you, meanwhile, it's onward to great things.
    Best wishes,
    Dan Diamond
    Publisher, NHL Official Guide & Record Book

  38. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @Ben: You're welcome and thanks.

  39. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @Paul: Thank you. Those requests will have to be answered by somebody else now.

  40. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @KJOK: It was great to work with you. Thanks for everything you did to make the college basketball site an invaluable reference.

  41. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @Dan Diamond: That's quite a compliment. I always enjoyed working with you. Here's to continued success working on the Guide.

  42. Frank Clingenpeel, Jr. Says:

    This is a sad moment for the website. My prayers and thanks go with you

  43. Justin Kubatko Says:

    @Frank Clingenpeel, Jr.: Thanks, but the site will go on without me.

  44. Adam Ryan Says:


    I wish you every success with 'Statitudes'. Basketball-Reference is the definitive site, for my Jordan-era podcast research. Without it, it wouldn't be nearly as interesting, nor incisive.

    Good luck!


  45. Jim Says:

    Thank you for the outstanding works you have done. I wish you good luck with your new job and I'm sure you will be highly successful with the next job. I'm a regular user of the baseball Thank you for your works.