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Sports Reference

Sports Reference
Industrysports technology, data, and content
FoundedAugust 2004; 17 years ago (2004-08)
FounderSean Forman
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Baseball Reference
  • Basketball Reference
  • Pro Football Reference
  • Hockey Reference
  • FBref
  • SR/College Basketball
  • SR/College Football
  • Stathead

Sports Reference, LLC is an American company which operates several sports-related websites, including, for baseball, for basketball , for ice hockey, for American football, and for association football (soccer).[1] Between 2008 and 2020, Sports Reference also provided pages for Olympic Games and its competitors.


The site also includes sections on college football, college basketball and the Olympics.[2] 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.[1]

The company, which is based in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was founded as Sports Reference in 2004 and was incorporated as Sports Reference LLC in 2007.[3][1][4]


Sports Reference Olympics logo

Sports Reference added a site for Olympic Games statistics and history in July 2008.[5][6]

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.[7] Since that time, data for the 2016 Summer Olympics has been added,[8] but the site was not updated for the 2018 Winter Olympics.[9] The providers of the Olympic data were working with another publisher to create a new website.[7] Sports Reference closed its Olympic site on May 14, 2020.[10] Later in May, Sports Reference launched a new Olympics site called Olympedia.[11] According to Slate, "Olympedia is restricted to about two dozen trusted academics and researchers who specialize in Olympic history."[12]


  1. ^ a b c Kramer, Staci D. (February 17, 2009). "Fantasy Sports Ventures Takes Minority Stake In Sports Reference LLC". CBS MoneyWatch. PaidContent. Archived from the original on November 8, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "Sports Reference Main Page". Archived from the original on February 1, 2010. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ Wagner, James (February 13, 2019). "From a Church in Philadelphia, Sports Reference Informs the World". The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 14, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Company Overview of Sports Reference, LLC". Bloomberg Businessweek. Archived from the original on November 8, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "Olympics at Sports Reference Launches". July 9, 2008. Archived from the original on July 26, 2008.
  6. ^ "About SR/Olympics". Archived from the original on July 29, 2008. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ a b "We'll Be Closing Soon". Archived from the original on December 19, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games". Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on July 20, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "Winter Games Index". Archived from the original on July 7, 2008. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Site is Closed". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ "Olympedia now open to the public". OlympStats. May 27, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ Harrison, Stephen (July 26, 2021). "How to Use resource When You're Watching the Olympics". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2021.

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