Never Miss an Exciting Game With This API

John Musser
Sep. 18 2007, 01:08AM EDT

Here's a novel API just added to our listings this week: RUWT: Are You Watching This?, a service designed for sports fans who never want to miss an exciting sporting event in progress. The idea is simple: get email or text alerts whenever "a game gets good" like a no-hitter in the seventh inning or a double overtime match. Their algorithm-driven robot RUWTbot along with "roots" from the user community trigger an alert that gives you the score, time left, and channel you need to watch to catch the game.

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Games get a numerical rating in ranges from Guarded, to Elevated, High and Severe. As they ask: "Doing Laundry. Raking the leaves. Went to sleep early. Are any of these worthwhile reasons for missing the next instant classic? No, we didn't think so either."

The REST-based API lets you build on this data, perhaps to integrate with a DVR, build a widget, etc. All data is returned in XML. RUWT-specific data elements include "points" which is their rating and "timeLeft" with values like "3rd Quarter - 4:30", or "End of 1st". Sample queries include: Yankees Games, cable and satellite providers in Boston, MA, or all Canadian Football teams.

This isn't the only sports-related API listed on PW: we now have 4 APIs tagged "sports" and 27 tagged "messaging".

John Musser

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