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Add Your Blog Posts to FBref Player Pages

27th November 2018

All of our player pages on Sports-Reference have a newsfeed section where you can check up on player news and relevant blog posts that discuss the player. If you want your site to appear in those newsfeeds, you can follow the Add Your Blog Posts Here link next to every Player News section or click here to find instructions for the site you're interested in linking to.

We have now added this capability for FBref player pages as well, so if you're interested in appearing on FBref newsfeeds, you can read how to add the FBref Linker bookmarklet here. Once you've begun using the linker on your blog posts, contact us through our feedback form with the name of your site (at most 25 characters), the URL for your RSS feed (which must be a full text feed), a contact e-mail address and the URL of a page that uses the FBref linker.

We're happy for people to use FBref like their site's statistics partner, so if you help your readers find our content, we're glad to help our users find yours. If you have any other questions, you can also use the feedback form to get more information.

Posted in Announcement, FBref, HowTo, Linker, Tips and Tricks | 1 Comment »

Hockey-Reference and Pro-Football-Reference Add Team Gamelogs

9th July 2018

On Baseball-Reference and Basketball-Reference, we've offered an option to see game logs on a team basis. If you wanted to take a look at the averages of the Miami Heat's 27-game winning streak in 2013, or how the Cardinals did in 2016 when they hit multiple home runs in 9 consecutive games, summable game logs allow you to check the averages during your specified span (done by clicking on two rows to highlight the group of games you're interested in).

Now, we've gone ahead and made that an option for Hockey-Reference and Pro-Football-Reference as well. Want to add up the goal differential during the Columbus Blue Jackets' 16-game winning streak in December 2016? Or maybe take a look at how many yards the Browns gave up in just the second half of 2017? That can now be done with the addition of summable game logs to team pages. Similarly to team game logs on Baseball-Reference and Basketball-Reference, just click on two rows and the site will sum and average the rows highlighted in that range.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us through our feedback form.

Posted in Announcement, Features, Hockey-Reference.com, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Tips and Tricks | 5 Comments »

A New Chapter at Sports Reference

1st April 2018

I've been at this for 18 years now. Baseball-Reference.com launched in early April of 2000, and 18 years is a long time. We've gone from pre-formatted plain text tables to html tables, through various logos, and several redesigns involving mobile designs. Along the way, the only consideration has been what would work best for the user. That's why, after months of extensive research, I'm very pleased to announce:
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Posted in Advanced Stats, Announcement, Ridiculousness, Tips and Tricks, Tout, Uncategorized | 25 Comments »

How to Get More Manageable URLs in the Play Index

24th July 2017

Heavy Play Index users, especially those who try to share their findings, may have noticed that the URLs for Play Index queries tend to be very long and unwieldy. Here, for example, is the URL for a simple query of most HRs in a season:

As many an infomercial host has suggested, there simply has to be a better way. Fortunately, there is! Every Play Index tool has a button in the top right that says "Make Tiny URL" Read the rest of this entry

Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, CFB at Sports Reference, Hockey-Reference.com, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Tips and Tricks | 5 Comments »

Random Page Search Added to Sports Reference Sites

9th May 2017

We have rolled out an update to our search function on Baseball Reference, Basketball Reference, Pro Football Reference and Hockey Reference. If you type "random" or "zz" into our search forms on those sites, you will be taken to a random page. We have also added a random page tool to the frivolities menus on those four sites (Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey).

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Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, Features, Hockey-Reference.com, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Tips and Tricks | 1 Comment »

Site Redesign: Making Copying and Pasting to a Spreadsheet a Bit Easier

17th March 2017

We know that a lot of you are interested in grabbing data from our site and reusing it in excel and generating reports on your own. We got our start doing that.

The redesign complicates that because we add some helper elements to the page that are relevant for the vast majority of users and helpful in their use of the site. I'll call this material Mobile Formatting. It includes the frozen left column on wide tables, the max width of the page and side scrolling, the use of interior table header rows and sort direction indicators. So to make sorting easier, I've added an option to the "Share & more" menu to strip this content out in one click.
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Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, CFB at Sports Reference, Hockey-Reference.com, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Tips and Tricks | 2 Comments »

Easy Access to the Site Search Box, Press Tab

15th March 2017

On the old version of the site on the front page, we placed the cursor into the search box automatically which could cause some issues if you had already scrolled down the page. Your browser would then be jerked back to the top of the page. On the site redesign, all you have to do is (once the page has loaded) hit the tab key one time and you'll be put into the search box. Lickety Split.

Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, CFB at Sports Reference, FBref, Hockey-Reference.com, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Tips and Tricks | Comments Off on Easy Access to the Site Search Box, Press Tab

Automatic Excel Export Added Back to Tables

14th March 2017

In November, we announced that we were no longer able to support automatic export of our tables to Excel. This was due to newer browsers not behaving in ways we expected, making it difficult to support the feature. We're happy to announce that we've figured this out, however.

Today, the automatic Excel export feature has returned to all of our sites. To export any of our tables to Excel, please hover over "Share & more" above the table you'd like to export. Once you hover, you'll see a dropdown where you can select "Get as Excel Workbook (experimental)", which will download the table into an xls file you can open with Excel.

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Play Index Subscribers can now use the Tiny feature to share their reports with others & re-run reports daily

9th March 2017

We added support for the Make Tiny Url in the play index. Previously, you would not be able to fully share those reports, but this has been fixed and works easy as pie. Just create your report and click on the "Make Tiny Url" and share the url.

An added perk of this is that this could be used to re-run reports daily. Just bookmark the link and re-use it.

Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Play Index, Play Index 101, Tips and Tricks | Comments Off on Play Index Subscribers can now use the Tiny feature to share their reports with others & re-run reports daily

Exporting Data

7th November 2016

UPDATE: As of March 14, 2017, we figured out how to once again allow for automatic export to Excel

As you may have noticed, on our re-designed sites we recently disabled the feature allowing you to export our tables directly to Excel. This was because updated browsers were no longer supporting the function and it was becoming problematic to keep up. However, this doesn't mean that you can't still easily export our tables into spreadsheets. There's just an extra step or two, now.

First, look for the "Share & more" tab atop the table you'd like to export. If you don't see this tab, it means the particular table you're looking at isn't exportable. Otherwise, hover over it and options will drop down (see image). Select "Get table as CSV (for Excel)", which will convert the table to comma-separated values.

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Once the table has been converted to CSV, copy and paste the entirety of the table (or whatever section of it you want) into Excel, as text. You will now have an unintelligible, single-column mess in your spreadsheet, but that's fine. The commas are there for a reason and Excel will help us easily convert those commas into nice, readable columns of data. This next step is sometimes variable depending on the version of Excel you're working with, but what you want to find is the "text to columns" function. In my Excel for Mac 2011, this can be found under the "Data" tab. If you can't find it on your version, a google search for "Excel text to columns" with your Excel version number should yield useful results.

Once you have located the "text to columns" function, you will choose a file type that best describes your data. You will want to choose "delimited" since the fields are separated by commas. Next, you will choose the delimiter. Check the box next to "comma." Once you make that selection, you can finish up with the text to columns wizard and you should then have a nicely formatted spreadsheet.

We realize this is not quite as quick or simple as the old export function, but unfortunately we can no longer support that function. Once you get the hang of this method, you'll see it's also quite simple.

Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, CFB at Sports Reference, Data, Features, Hockey-Reference.com, HowTo, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Redesign, Tips and Tricks | Comments Off on Exporting Data