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I'd like to make a case for the inclusion of annually-recurring major sporting events on TMDb, but to do so effectively I'd first need to know what led to the decision to exclude them and ideally get a read on the current sentiments of active members on the matter. If you have a moment to share your point of view on the matter, I'm most interested in hearing it. I haven't been here that long and I don't want to step on anyone's toes or otherwise rile them up; please bear that in mind if this thread strikes you as gauche in some way. That couldn't be further from my intent.

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Hi, I think the main point is just how huge the effort would be to also turn TMDb into a sports database. Imagine every game in every league in every sport in every country with a broadcast. Some years back, before we made the final decision on this, some users tried to get the Formula 1 series on here. And even that turned out to be too much in the end. One key issue was that that support was needed for multiple versions of the same broadcast*, and that was not possible. So it's both a practical choice and a philosophical one. I hope this makes some sense to you.

*The same race can have so many commentating teams / studios / pre-race studio shows / post-race studio shows etc. etc. depending on the country broadcasting the event.

Edit: In the end the conclusion was that this is not a good fit for TMDb.

Edit 2: And the issues mentioned above would also be true for annual events.

@RogueScholar said:

I'd like to make a case for the inclusion of annually-recurring major sporting events on TMDb, but to do so effectively I'd first need to know what led to the decision to exclude them and ideally get a read on the current sentiments of active members on the matter. If you have a moment to share your point of view on the matter, I'm most interested in hearing it. I haven't been here that long and I don't want to step on anyone's toes or otherwise rile them up; please bear that in mind if this thread strikes you as gauche in some way. That couldn't be further from my intent.

As a reasonably active member, I don't like the idea. I didn't think of the potential difficulties that @lineker raises, but they make sense.

However, my objections would be partly because, to me, it just doesn't seem to "fit" - do sports databases have a sections for movies, documentaries and shows? I can see that such listings would be interesting to some - there's (probably, I've never looked) a gap in the market there. Mainly, though, I'm not a sports fan - sorry!

I agree that it would be a nearly impossible thing to try to implement. Besides, most sports fans are interested in things like sports statistics or upcoming events. It is the event, team, person that are of interest, not the past broadcast/stream of an event. E.g., knowing that NBC or some other network broadcast a sporting event on such-and-such a date is really sort of superfluous and not very interesting.

There is already TheSportsDB that has a huge amount of info on teams, players, upcoming TV schedules, etc., as well as lots of artwork. Here is their "about" page; here is their "upcoming events" page; and here is their "Live TV listings" page.

But even they do not try to archive game broadcast info from the past. And I think that if you suggest to them that they should do so, I am pretty sure they'd reject your suggestion as infeasible and not particularly valuable/useful. But you could contact them and ask, I suppose.

Note that there are some "historical" sports program-related entries at TMDb, but they are pretty sparse and incomplete, probably because no one has the time or energy to slog through this subject area and generate content. Two notable exceptions are ABC's classic sports program Wide World of Sports and some Olympics-related programs/films.

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