Revisiting the ranking of outstanding professional sports records

Twenty-eight years ago Golden and Wasil (1987) presented the use of the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) for ranking outstanding sports records. Since then much has changed with respect to sports and sports records, the application and theory of the AHP, and the availability of the internet for accessing data. In this paper we revisit the ranking of outstanding sports records and build on past work, focusing on a comprehensive set of records from the four major American professional sports. We interviewed and corresponded with two sports experts and applied an AHP-based approach that features both the traditional pairwise comparison and the AHP rating method to elicit the necessary judgments from these experts. The most outstanding sports records are presented, discussed and compared to Golden and Wasil’s results from a quarter century earlier.
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Subjects: performance analysis investigation method high performance sport athlete interview theory sport baseball basketball sports game
Notations: technical and natural sciences training science
DOI: 10.3233/JSA-150007
Published in: Journal of Sports Analytics
Published: 2016
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
Pages: 1-18
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced