APIs and Data Sets

Participants in On Deck Cup hackathons are free to utilize any data sets, APIs, or information they choose. That said, we have compiled a list of sports-related APIs and data sets that participants may find particularly useful.

Included in this list are APIs that have been made exclusively available to On Deck Cup participants, which may require that you request a key or some form of access. If not yet provided, we will provide links to obtain access to these resources below. We've also included a broad variety of public APIs and data sources that require no authentication or access. Links to documentation and data sources are included below.

We will continue to add new data sets, APIs and relevant information to this page before the competition kicks off. Please be sure to check this page for updates.

If you’d like to suggest an additional data set or API please contact us.

Featured APIs

Yahoo Sports is the leading sports destination on the web, with industry leading content, media and fantasy sports offerings.

For the On Deck Cup events in SF and LA, Yahoo! Sports will make available a special set of fantasy sports APIs specifically for the On Deck Cup competition. For all other On Deck Cup events, hackers are encouraged to use Yahoo! Sports' public fantasy APIs, accessible thru the link to the right.

SeatGeek is the world's largest event ticket search engine. SeatGeek aggregates ticket options for over 125,000 events worldwide.

The SeatGeek API provides developers with robust data on live events, including sports game dates, venues, images, and ticketing data. The SeatGeek API is free and does not require a key or registration.

SportsData is the leading provider of real-time sports data, across all major U.S. sports plus hundreds of other leagues around the world.

For On Deck Cup participants, SportsData has arranged for free access to their live sports APIs. More details and documentation will be made available in the near future.

Prizes: SportsData is awarding Real-Time access to its APIs for 6 months for the best hack using SportsData APIs at each OnDeck Cup event.

Twilio lets you use standard web languages to build voice, VoIP and SMS applications via a web API. Check out our docs page and use promo code HACKONDECK for free credit upon upgrade.

ParkWhiz.com is the number one place to find and book guaranteed daily, monthly and event parking via web or mobile apps. ParkWhiz helps you make informed parking decisions by comparing prices, locations, amenities and providing reviews of parking options. Over 1/4th of all Super Bowl attendees in the past three years purchased their parking through ParkWhiz.

ParkWhiz's free API that allows anyone to add parking location, pricing, and availability data to their website or application.

Venmo allows users to make and share payments with friends via mobile app or the web.

The Venmo OAuth API provides developers a straightforward way to integrate Venmo into their applications. Using the API, apps can make and share Venmo transactions on behalf of authenticated users, retrieve Venmo balance information, and access friends lists.

SendGrid is a cloud-based SMTP provider that allows you to send email without having to maintain email servers. SendGrid manages all of the technical details, from scaling the infrastructure to ISP outreach and reputation monitoring to whitelist services and real time analytics.

Our goal is to make it as easy as possible to add reliable, scalable email to your application so that you can focus on building the core features of your product.

SportStream is a San Francisco-based sports technology company. SportStream's technology surfaces the highest quality tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram media, stats, news and more for every league, game, team and player across sports.

SportStream’s platform, SportsBase, provides partners with customized, highly engaging social media experiences for their sites and apps via an API or customizable HTML components.

For On Deck Cup participants, SportStream has arranged for special access to the SportsBase API. More details and documentation will be made available in the near future.

For the first time in the history of the game, AIG is offering software developers access to comprehensive AIG Opta Rugby Data – including stadium location feeds, team and player performance statistics, match statistics, and numerous other rich data feeds — free of charge. Use this data to create innovative apps that promote rugby awareness and engagement around the world and get people excited about this great global sport!

Participants will have access to all of the 2012 New Zealand All Blacks fixtures, as well as selected USA Rugby fixtures, which will be available with every single on-the-ball action, categorized, and logged with an x/y co-ordinate attributed to where it took place on the pitch.

Sports APIs

Pebble is a customizable, Bluetooth-enabled smartwatch that connects to iPhone and Android smartphones.

Pebble is great for sports apps. With its outdoor-readable display and 3-axis accelerometer, it is the ideal platform for sports apps. Pebble can measure motion data, display progress and provide shortcuts to control your app, right on the wrist.

The USA TODAY Sports Salaries API allows developers to programmatically access the USA TODAY Sports Salaries database. Extensive information for the MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL is available for multiple seasons, including player, position and team data.

Here maps allow you to explore cities in 3D and country maps in satellite view. Get full driving directions and save favourite places to find them again easily.

Get going, start coding. Build with the world's strongest map platform.

Watch! is a service that lets fans search for a place to watch their favorite sports team and then book a table at that locale. Restaurants and bars register with the service to participate. Listed games are primarily from La Liga (Spain), the Euroleague, and the NBA. Listed bars are primarily in Europe and major US cities. The API offers users the same functionality as the web interface with outputs in JSON format.

Challonge is a service to create tournament brackets. Users can make single elimination, double elimination and round-robin brackets, in addition to the FIDE-based Swiss system. The Challonge API expands tournament creation and control to the programmatic level. You can create tournaments on the fly and report scores directly from your application.

The Ergast Developer API is an experimental web service which provides a historical record of motor racing data for non-commercial purposes. The API provides data for the Formula One series, from the beginning of the world championship in 1950.

ACTIVE Access is an open data platform that helps people gain access to activities anywhere. ACTIVE Access creates connections for all devices, platforms, channels, technologies and third parties.

Sports Data Sets

Fisher Baseball provides a unique statistical view of baseball performance. By browsing the various stats available through PitchFX reports and the player and team profile pages you'll find a unique collection of statistic visualizations using embeddable graphs, charts, and tables. Player profile pages include trend graphs and rich stats for every MLB player.

A comprehensive encyclopedia of baseball information. Retrosheet provides boxscores, team and player statistics, matchups, transactions and much more baseball data dating back to the 1914 season.

Sports Reference is a collection of sites providing indepth statistics and resources for sports fans everywhere. Sports Reference provides information for MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and NCAA Basketball and Football.