Sports Reference, LLC is an American company which operates several sports-related websites, including Sports-Reference.com, Baseball-Reference.com for baseball, Basketball-Reference.com for basketball, Hockey-Reference.com for ice hockey, Pro-Football-Reference.com for American football, and FBref.com for association football (soccer). They also operate a subscription based service for statistics, called Stathead. Between 2008 and 2020, Sports Reference also provided pages for the Olympic Games and its competitors.
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The site also includes sections on college football and college basketball, and once included a section on the Olympics. The sites attempt a comprehensive approach to sports data. For example, Baseball-Reference contains more than 100,000 box scores and Pro-Football-Reference contains data on every scoring play in the National Football League since 1941. The college basketball section includes data on NCAA Division I men's basketball, with incomplete data going back as far as 1892—predating the first NCAA divisional split (1956) and the NCAA itself (1906), and only a year after the sport was invented. Division I women's basketball data was added in 2023, initially with full data dating back to the 2009–10 season.
On July 11, 2023, the company purchased the baseball trivia game Immaculate Grid and integrated it with Baseball-Reference. Subsequently, the game was expanded to cover Sports Reference's other sites.
The company announced in December 2016 that the Olympics site was to be shut down in the near future due to a change in its data licensing agreement. Since that time, data for the 2016 Summer Olympics has been added, but the site was not updated for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Sports Reference closed its Olympic site on May 14, 2020.
The providers of the Olympic data, known as OlyMADmen, launched a new site called Olympedia in May 2020. According to Slate, editing of "Olympedia is restricted to about two dozen trusted academics and researchers who specialize in Olympic history." The site is owned by the International Olympic Committee.
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OlyMADmen, an international group of Olympics experts and historians, have made their exhaustive Olympics database available
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- Mallon, Bill (May 27, 2020). "Olympedia now open to the public". OlympStats.com. Archived from the original on June 6, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
the result many years of work by a group of Olympic historians and statisticians called the OlyMADmen
- "About". Olympedia.org. Archived from the original on June 14, 2020.
The group that has compiled the database refers to itself as MADmen — MAD being an acronym for several of the early members of the group, but also signifies their commitment to the project in another sense.
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