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Global Basketball FAQs

Frequently asked questions for Global Basketball v2

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What leagues or tournaments do you cover for basketball?

You can find all the leagues we cover, as well as a breakdown of data offered, via our Coverage Matrix.

How do I find out the coverage for a particular match?

Find the node called coverage in any of the Summary, Lineups, or Timeline feeds. The attribute reports if Sportradar has live coverage of the match or not.

Properties within the coverage node denotes specific coverage properties, and displays a boolean value if the coverage type is available. A list of possible properties and their definitions are listed below:

  • boxscore - Player statistics are available post-match.
  • lineups - Lineups are available, with starting players, pre-match.
  • match_clock - A running match clock is available.
  • stats_leaders - Live statistics leaders are available. leader_points, leader_assists, leader_rebounds.
  • time_played_minutes_and_seconds - Player statistic for minutes is available in minutes and seconds.
  • time_played_minutes_only - Player statistic for minutes is available however only in minutes.

Why do different groups have coverage information for a competition?

The notion of “groups” is versatile and is used to distinguish between playoffs, and our competition structures and is therefore necessary to describe coverage at a group level for consistency. Generally, however, within a competition in Basketball, there will be no difference between competition coverage.

How are “Live” endpoints handled in the API?

Sport Events appear in the feed 10 minutes before the scheduled start time and are removed 10 minutes after the Sport Event is ended. Live endpoints include: Live Summaries, Live Timelines, and Live Timelines Delta.

How will a sport event behave when it is not covered with live scores?

When a sport_event is not covered live, the status and match_status will remain as not_started until results are entered post-match.

<sport_event_status status="not_started" match_status="not_started"/>

Do you provide fixtures for future matches, before the competitors are known?

For playoff phase matches in select leagues*, we provide fixtures before the competitors are known. These matches will be created with placeholder competitors. When the fixture is fully drawn the correct competitors will overwrite the placeholder names, with the match ID remaining the same.

Regarding the competitor placeholder names, we look to follow official naming where possible. This does mean that some differences will apply across competitions.

*\Select leagues listed below:

  • Euroleague
  • Eurocup
  • Pro A
  • Liga ACB
  • BBL
  • TBSL
  • United League
  • A1
  • Liga ABA
  • NBL
  • Israel Super League
  • CBA


How can I find the values for various enum data points within the API?

Many enum values are listed in the FAQ below. For the most up-to-date values, please see the Schema
section of the OpenAPI specification here.

What format are date fields presented in?

When we present date only values we present these in the ISO 8601 standard format.

ex: 2013-04-03

We use these for attributes that have date and no time (such as birthdate). For more information:

What format are the date/time fields presented in?

All of our Date/Time attributes are in UTC, presented in the ISO 8601 standard format.

ex: 2013-04-03T18:15:00+00:00

For more information:

How do I locate the TTL (Time to Live)/cache on an API endpoint?

The cache (in seconds) can be accessed in the returned header information on each RESTful API call, under cache-control.

ex. cache-control: max-age=1, public, s-maxage=1 or
cache-control: public, must-revalidate, max-age=120

Sport Event Statuses

What are the valid sport_event_status - status values?

  • not_started – The game is scheduled to be played
  • started – The game has begun
  • live – The game is currently in progress
  • postponed – The game has been postponed to a future date
  • suspended - The game began, but has been suspended to a later time
  • match_about_to_start – The game is about to begin
  • delayed – The game has been temporarily delayed and will be continued
  • interrupted - The game began, but coverage has stopped for a short time. Note that game scores may not be updated during this period, the last recorded game score will be displayed instead
  • cancelled – The game has been cancelled and will not be played
  • ended – The game is over
  • closed – The game results have been confirmed

What are the valid sport_event_statusmatch_status values?

  • 1st_quarter
  • 2nd_quarter
  • 3rd_quarter
  • 4th_quarter
  • 1st_half
  • 2nd_half
  • overtime
  • penalties
  • pause
  • awaiting_extra_time
  • awaiting_penalties
  • interrupted
  • not_started
  • aet
  • ended
  • postponed
  • cancelled
  • abandoned
  • start_delayed
  • started

Event Types

What are the possible event type values?

  • match_started
  • period_start
  • rebound
  • score_change
  • foul
  • ball_block
  • break_start
  • timeout
  • period_score
  • match_ended
  • attempt_missed
  • free_throws_awarded
  • steal
  • timeout_over
  • turnover
  • video_review
  • video_review_over
  • won_jump_ball