Table Sorting Method
A common complaint / confusion / problem of the site has been
"How are the teams sorted for display on the web page?"
"Why does your list differ from that on site X?"
"Why is Team A listed above Team B when Team B has a higher probability of making the playoffs"
Hopefully the following comments will explain how and why we sort the tables as we do.
- First of all there is more than one logical way to sort the tables using games from a partially played season. Most
of these will result is the same or very similar ordered table. But all methods sometimes for some leagues results in a list that does not "look" right.
- We sort the table based upon the number of teams wins (pts for soccer and hockey), games played, and current status of various tiebreakers to produce a "if the playoffs were to start tommorrow" order.
- More precisely, the teams are sorted by
- Current Number of Wins - then
- Fewest Games Played (These two factors almost always is the same as current win percentage) - then
- Current Status of the First Tiebreaker - then
- Fewest Number of Games Played associated with the First Tiebreaker - then
- Repeat with the remaining tiebreakers as neccessary
- In general, teams with greater probabilities are listed higher in the table. Exceptions can occur when poor performing divisional winners receive automatic spots or certain teams having an easier remaining schedule.
- The main point is that the probability numbers for a team are more
important and is the main content of the site rather than its position in