I choose to look at an article at tsn.ca relating to a race for the playoffs in the NHL.
The reporter used numbers to share scores of games, records of teams, and historical stats relating to this year's race.
I feel that the numbers in the story would be overwhelming if the reader was not familiar with sports. Especially the numbers related to hockey. In particular, I think of the team's recorded. It is just spelled out with numbers. If the reader is not used to seeing the record in that way, it could be confusing.
The number crunching done was to determine how many points in the standings teams are behind the other teams. This information is important to the story. Numbers are listed completely. They can be found by looking at old stats from the NHL records. TSN.ca probably has the records in their archives.