Today you can find all sorts of data in an open format. Most financial data, polling and government databases, just about every baseball play ever played.

However this open data paradigm hasn't reached across the rest of the sporting world. Getting NFL, NBA, NHL and NCAA data remains quite difficult and legally confusing. This is making it difficult to create an open data science interest in professional sports data.

Does anyone know about any projects that are working on making this kind of data easily accessible via API or other database forma?


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There's a bunch more sports data sets constantly being added to listen on this page at Sports-Statistics.com, including Fifa datasets, soccer datasets and APIs, cricket, baseball, f1 etc.

aside from that, i have been playing with the NBASense API to extract box scores and stats from NBA websites.


If you are interested in Golf, you can find lots of data about the European Golf Tour here: http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/stats/season=2016/categoryid=1/index.html


Maybe you could be interested in our API Restful service released in Open Data.

For all info go on Sports Open Data

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    Would be better if you include also some info in your answer. Not just a link with a title.
    – Tasos
    Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 8:50

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