Niche Formats: Custom and Proprietary Data Protocols

Because there will always be innovators working with sports data, there will always be custom formats that people and organizations devise to describe some aspects of sports action. When these formats are released to the public, we'd like to link to them from this page.

In the spirit of "not reinventing the wheel," the substantive underpinnings of many of these formats have been used as inputs in the construction of open, non-proprietary standards hosted elsewhere on

Here is a starter set of Niche Formats that have proven popular in the sports data processing world: