Anyone who’s into sports knows how hard it is to get good free stats. The average person can’t collect the stats themselves and spends way too much time visiting various sports sites to get the information they want. Let’s not even talk about paying for that data.
StatSheet.com is a site that provides a slew of college basketball stats for free. We’re not sure where they are getting the data. But, from the looks of the footer, it is at least partially from STATS. Sports stats data is a big industry and regardless whoever is providing the data, you can bet StatSheet.com will not be providing any free stats data APIs. However, it looks they can and do provide charts (chartlets). This is not to be unexpected, it’s expensive and time consuming to collect sports stats. Data providers have to limit what their clients/partners can do and how data is subsequently distributed.
This model has its obvious pros and cons. We are referring to the chartlets and boxscore widgets and not the entire StatSheet.com site as a whole. Since we are a widget focused blog, we are only reviewing that aspect of their service.
The biggest pro is that it’s free. StatSheet.com does a good job of creating chartlets and boxscore widgets. The amount and diversity of stats is just plain awesome. Or as they put it, “The most comprehensive college basketball stats on the web.”
However, there are a couple cons. The chartlets and boxscores, since we can’t create our own directly from data feeds, need to be more customizable. Features like size, colors, etc. would have been good. We also felt that it was difficult to get a specific chart. You have to navigate to a page on the site with the chart you want to grab the code. At least that’s the only way we knew how, after a short stint on the site. A basic chartlet building tool/page where you can select the chart type, teams, stats, size and colors would have been great. Cut out the whole process of searching through the site for what you are trying to get.
Overall, StatSheet.com is a great site for college basketball fanatics. There are all the stats you could ever want, all in one place. The chartlets and widgets are in their early stages and could use some work but it is a good start and there’s definitely a market for it.
Here are a couple of examples: