Sports Metadata: Don’t Be Outdated

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It’s the end of August, which means all across the country students are converging on college campuses, preparing to attend classes and cheer on their school’s teams in an array of fierce sporting competitions, including basketball, football and more.

Meanwhile, university alumni and college athletics fans are also primed for the new season to begin.

And when these students and devotees are viewing their favorite event on a television or second-screen device, they’re expecting accurate, up-to-date information about the athletes, teams and venues.

Thus it can be slightly jarring when some entertainment metadata vendors offer sports data that is ancient, error-riddled and deprecated.

According to this metadata supplier, BYU “seniors” Terence Brown and JJ Di Luigi, who graduated in 2011, will be playing football.

This entry for a current University of Wyoming-SMU matchup references the abilities of Wyoming Cowboys Ugo Udezue (class of ’02) and Anthony Blakes (class of ’00, and guard for the Harlem Globetrotters). Both men last played college basketball well over a decade ago.

But the decaying data doesn’t stop there. Again, a metadata provider’s information for a game is from more than six years ago, in which “junior guards” Malcolm Delaney (now a professional in a Russian league) and Talor Battle (now a professional in an Israeli league) are discussed. 

Other times, a data vendor might simply give up on what sports information is necessary.

When selecting a metadata provider for your sports needs, make sure you’re choosing one with up-to-date team information, as well as current game summaries and related image content. Otherwise, there’s a fairly large risk of misinforming viewers and overall embarrassment.

Author: Brian Cameron
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