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Found at: gopher.blog.benjojo.co.uk:70/beating-the-broadcast-delay-world-cup

 Calling the world cup goals 5 seconds before they happen
 ===
 It's that time again where once every 4 years people get
very hyped over kicking a ball around a grass pitch, however
this time my own country is actually doing pretty well! At the
time of writing we just beat Sweden and are now faced against
Croatia!
 This is the extent of my football knowledge and apparently
this is a big deal.
 Either way. I've been taken to sport this time because
this is such fun to watch with friends and as a broadcast nerd
i've been thinking: "How long is the delay between the stadium
and broadcast?"

Running Ball

Performa

Access Industries

 It turns out there is a delay forced into the broadcast
for the use of betting companies and alike. The problem is
that betting companies do not want people to rapidly place/cancel
bets just after a goal or otherwise major events. The solution
to this is to delay the broadcast by a few seconds and then
another company called Running Ball (who got bought by Performa,
who was a FTSE 250 company until they also got bought by
Access Industries) comes into play. Running Ball provides a
moderately detailed information feed about the state of the game. This
feed is produced by people in the stadium annotating major
events.
 I found an UK betting site that exposed this information
in full inside its HTML5 webapp. The API feed was impressively
detailed on every event happening in a game.
 Here is an example of the data the API provides: (In this
example "away" is England, and "home" is Colombia)
 ```
 {
   "away": {
     "attacks": 95,
     "corners": 7,
     "dangerous_attacks": 62,
     "goals": 4,
     "possession": 57,
     "shots_off_target": 10,
     "shots_on_target": 5,
     "substitutions": 4,
     "yellow_cards": 2
   },
   "home": {
     "attacks": 107,
     "corners": 2,
     "dangerous_attacks": 52,
     "goals": 5,
     "possession": 43,
     "shots_off_target": 7,
     "shots_on_target": 8,
     "substitutions": 4,
     "yellow_cards": 6
   },
   "last_incident": {
     "minute": 127,
     "period": "FINISHED",
     "side": "unknown",
     "type": "PERIOD_SCORE_CONFIRMED"
   },
   "minute": 127,
   "status": "FINISHED",
   "timeline": [
     {
       "minute": 6,
       "period": "1ST_HALF",
       "side": "away",
       "type": "corner"
     },
 ...
     {
       "minute": 53,
       "period": "2ND_HALF",
       "side": "away",
       "type": "corner"
     },
     {
       "description": "foul",
       "minute": 54,
       "period": "2ND_HALF",
       "player": "C. Sánchez",
       "side": "home",
       "type": "yellow_card"
     },
     {
       "description": "unsportsmanlike conduct",
       "minute": 56,
       "period": "2ND_HALF",
       "player": "J. Henderson",
       "side": "away",
       "type": "yellow_card"
     },
 ...
     {
       "description": "criticism",
       "minute": 63,
       "period": "2ND_HALF",
       "player": "R. Falcao",
       "side": "home",
       "type": "yellow_card"
     },
 ...
     {
       "minute": 81,
       "off": "D. Alli",
       "on": "E. Dier",
       "period": "2ND_HALF",
       "side": "away",
       "type": "substitution"
     },
 ...
     {
       "confirmed": true,
       "description": "penalty shootout",
       "minute": 127,
       "period": "PENALTY_SHOOTOUT",
       "player": "K. Trippier",
       "score": [
         4,
         4
       ],
       "side": "away",
       "type": "goal"
     },
     {
       "confirmed": true,
       "description": "penalty shootout",
       "minute": 128,
       "period": "PENALTY_SHOOTOUT",
       "player": "E. Dier",
       "score": [
         4,
         5
       ],
       "side": "away",
       "type": "goal"
     }
   ]
 }
 ```

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 Since I had access to this API, I could poll it during
the game and find out what the delay between the API and the
freeview) TV broadcast was.
 

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