Sports Reference

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Sports Reference
Industrysports technology, data, and content
FoundedAugust 2004; 14 years ago (2004-08)
FounderSean Forman
  • Baseball Reference
  • Basektball Reference
  • Football Reference
  • Hockey Reference

Sports Reference, LLC is a company which operates several sports-related websites including,, Basketball Reference, and Hockey Reference.[1]


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, contains more than 100,000 box scores and contains data on every scoring play in the National Football League since 1941.[1]

The company, which is based in the Mt. 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 will 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 was added,[8] but the site has not been updated for the 2018 Winter Olympics.[9] The providers of the Olympic data are working with another publisher to create a new website.[7]


  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 November 8, 2013.
  2. ^ "Sports Reference Main Page". Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  3. ^ Wagner, James (13 February 2019). "From a Church in Philadelphia, Sports Reference Informs the World". New York Times. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Company Overview of Sports Reference, LLC". Bloomberg Businessweek. Archived from the original on November 8, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "Olympics at Sports Reference Launches". July 9, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-26.
  6. ^ "About SR/Olympics". Archived from the original on 2008-07-29. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "We'll Be Closing Soon". Archived from the original on 2016-12-19. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  8. ^ "2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games". Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  9. ^ "Winter Games Index". Retrieved 2018-07-20.

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