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SportsDataIO API Live Simulations

Why Live Simulations?

It can be difficult for clients to develop their apps against our APIs during the offseason months. Even during the NFL season, for instance, there are only so many hours during the week when games are actually being played.

For these reasons, we've taken the initiative to develop live game simulations, so clients can develop and test their applications during any time of year, week or day. Below are the sporting events that we're simulating and the instructions for integrating. If you need assistance or discover any issues, please email our support team at

Live NFL Game Simulations

For your convenience, we provide APIs that simulate the NFL Conference Championship games from the 2023 NFL season.

In this NFL simulation platform, we give you full control over which point in the game you want to test against. Specifically, we are able to choose how many plays (numberOfPlays) into the games you'd like to receive data for. You can simply write a foreach loop from 0 to 200, sleep for an interval between each API call, and use the data from each API call to update your database/application. You may progress the game however quickly you'd like to, so there's never any need to wait for a simulation to start.

Simulation Details

College Basketball

College Basketball Tournament Simulation

Unlike the long MLB season, for instance, the college basketball tournament only comes once a year, so it's critical to get it right the first time. We have a tournament feed, which begins to push updates starting with Selection Sunday, all throughout the tournament, and ending with the National Championship. Since there is no way to test the cycles that our tournament feed goes through, we're running College Basketball Tournament simulations every four hours (details below). If you need technical assistance, please email us at

Simulation Details

  • Start Times (ET)
    Runs every four hours starting at 12:00 noon ET
    12:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 8:00 PM, 12:00 AM, 4:00 AM, 8:00 AM
  • Run Time 4 hours
  • API Tournament Hierarchy
  • API Parameters
    pass the following parameter values to pull simulation data
    season:   sim
  • Sample API Call
    plug your API key into the query string
  • Selection Sunday
    During the first 30-35 minutes of the simulation, we simulate the Selection Sunday show. This means that approximately every 30 seconds, we load another team into the tournament brackets/seedings.
  • Tournament Progression Details
    • During the remainder of the simulation period, we simulate the tournament progression.
    • This means that every 30 seconds, we insert final scores into the next game of the tournament and flip it to final.
    • When games flip to final, the winner advances to the next round, which populates their information accordingly.
    • After each round is complete, we sleep for 5 minutes before simulating the next round.
    • This continues until the tournament has reached completion.