> What is the best option for fast-to-market solutions?
Sports widgets and White Label Solutions are the best option for fast-to-market solutions. Widgets allow easy publication of an entire app with minimal development using code snippets.
White Label solutions are the best option for fast publication of turnkey websites and apps. The data provider hosts and serves a sports app with your custom branding.
> How can I find sports app developers?
A google search for sports app developers brings up several options for independent specialists in sports app development, including niches like fantasy app development and sports betting website development. Some data providers staff development teams with extensive experience in their proprietary data structures.
For questions about sports app development, please contact us for more insight into building a quality app from the ground up.
> How to find the best APIs for a fantasy sports app?
Look for companies that provide fantasy scoring systems on top of their scores and stats data. Browse a complete list of fantasy sports APIs in the API Directory.
> Which options are preferable for developing mobile apps?
Companies with strong distributed infrastructure offer custom endpoints and snippets which enable visitors to pull directly from the company servers instead of your own hosting platform. This saves development time but comes with additional costs as the account is charged every time a visitor loads the page.
> Is it better to self-host data or have a provider serve directly to my customers?
To optimize budget, self-hosting is usually better. Some providers can host data for you and serve it to your app visitors directly. This approach saves investment in server and database development, but charges the account every time a visitor loads the app (leading to higher operational overhead). Business requirements and budget will determine whether this is a good approach for your project .
> How can I quickly add new features to a sports app to increase user engagement?
Sports widgets are a great way to quickly add new features to your website or app and test user engagement. Browse the API Directory filtered by Widgets to see a complete list of providers.
> Is XML or JSON format preferable?
XML has been the preferred format for most companies but nearly all have transitioned to supporting JSON recently. If your app has strict logic requirements it may benefit from the metadata and markup features built in to XML. JSON in comparison is lightweight and for most apps is considered a preferable format.
> Which is a better delivery method - Websocket/Push or REST API/Pull?
For projects requiring low latency, push to server with websockets is the best option. Sportsbooks and other time sensitive apps benefit from this approach.
Many companies only offer REST endpoints to pull data from. That is a good option when working with lightweight data requirements or where push to server is not available.
> How to find reliable services with guaranteed uptime?
Search the API Directory and find providers that offer Service Level Agreements (SLA).
> What is a Service Level Agreement (SLA)?
Service Level Agreements are contracts which guarantee a certain amount of uptime and data availability from the vendor. The provider will make data available and regularly accessible for a pre-defined period (most companies start with 12 months).
> Can an app legally display team/league logos or player photos?
*Consult with a lawyer for your specific use case and jurisdiction, this should not be treated as legal advice. Data providers who have agreements with teams or leagues to sell official logos and player photos are available to enterprise and small business clients. For others, fair use laws permit the display of factual data (ex. Southampton vs. Liverpool 0-1) but do not include protections for branded content. Always verify with your data provider to ensure legality in your jurisdiction.
> How important is update speed?
Update speed depends on each sport or league's popularity. Post-game result plans have lower pricing than real-time updates.
> Do I need international language support?
Additional languages expand your audience. If a company offers this as an option or add-on it is always a plus. Another option is to translate texts using an NLP (natural language processing) library.
Subscriptions are charged monthly, annually or per API call. Discounts on annual plans can be significant compared to monthly pricing.
> What are the advantages to higher priced APIs?
Improvements in data quality, guarantee of uptime, contract options, data richness and specialized features, phone support and dedicated account managers and company reliability are a few of the advantages that enterprise data providers offer.
> What is the cheapest sports data feed provider?
It depends on the sports coverage and update rate required for your project. For Soccer, SportMonks and API Football have some of the best up front pricing. For multiple sports, GoalServe offers one of the best bundled plans. To see a complete list, browse the API Directory and sort by Starting Price.