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Journalism & Public Relations: JOUR 318

AP Stylebook

Sports Statistics

Statistics are part of the lifeblood of sports journalism, perhaps even more than in non-sports journalism. They affect team and league decisions and are a big part of how fans (readers) perceive their favorite sports. Here are some sources for sports statistics:

Sports Reference: Free basic stats and advanced analytics

Professional League Statistics

NCAA Stats

Other Sport Statistics Sources (mix of free and paid sources)

Capology salary database

Over The Cap (NFL)

Baseball Savant

FiveThirtyEight Sports

Coming Soon: New Sports Journalism Book

Sports Journalism book


Further Reading


Check these News databases

Public Opinion Polls

Tips for Searching Global Newsstream

Several filters will help refine your searching:

  • Section: Sports
  • Document type:
    • Commentary
    • Editorial
    • Feature
    • Front page/Cover story
    • Letter to the Editor
    • News
    • Obituary
  • Source type:
    • Newspapers
    • Blogs/Podcasts/Websites
    • Trade journals
  • Subject: What the story is ABOUT, rather than just a mention of the search terms
  • Date range
  • Publication Title
  • Company/Organization:
    • Teams
    • Leagues
  • Names:
    • Players

Must Reading for Sports Journalists

Sports Journalists Battle for Relevancy: A Nieman Report. In an age of social platforms and celebrity athletes, Bleacher Report, The Players' Tribune, and The Athletic are challenging legacy sports media

What Does It Take to Cover Big Time Sports? Former Associated Press vice president talks about the future of sports journalism.

Librarian Help

Carol Perruso, Journalism & Public Relations Librarian

Joseph Aubele, Sports Fanatic & Librarian

Diverse Sources

The Society of Professional Journalists has put together a "Diversity Toolbox" to help journalists improve their reporting. Here are a few highlights from the Toolbox as well as from the Poynter Institute, the American Press Institute, and the Women's Media Center.

Scholarly Research

Databases likely to have research related to sports.