NHL RSS Feeds Do Exist

I previously wrote about a number of reasons why the NHL-sponsored team websites don’t offer RSS feeds. That one’s gotten a couple of good comments, so here’s my attempt at a timely follow-up.

Rapstar” makes a good point about the re-use or re-publication of NHL content:

… I don’t think the NHL or MSN is going to like their content being handled and published by a third party.

This is an ongoing philosophical debate I have with myself, which I’ve written about before.

Jim Roepcke points us to an actual, official NHL-sponsored website that blatantly offers an RSS feed for news items; it’s the Oilers’ website. So not all teams have their collective head up their collective ass on this one… just leave it up to Team Canada to beat the U.S. to it. ;)

Raymond has written an HTML parser for his team’s scores; it’s another screen-scrape solution, but it brings up a good point.

What kind of content are hockey fans looking for inside these RSS feeds?

If you’re looking for news items—or even team-specific news items—then lo and behold, NHL RSS feeds DO exist… albeit with some help from Yahoo!.

If you’re looking for up-to-the-minute scores via RSS, then I’m guessing you’ll be waiting a loooooong time… considering none of the websites or cellphone web-based services out there are capable of realtime score updates. If and when they can get that “realtime web” thing figured out (it’s been years, and they still lag multiple minutes behind life), then realtime RSS feeds are only one step away.

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2 thoughts on “NHL RSS Feeds Do Exist

  1. I think the issue is that a real-time feed of scores would bring in $0.00 revenue.

    We all saw how touchy the players and the owners are about the almighty dollar. Real-time scores in an xml format (ie rss) would allow someone to easily strip out any advertising to get the score.

    I promise you real-time information delivery is nothing new.

  2. You’re right, realtime information isn’t at all new. Update that backend database, and that change is seen by the next guy. Or, get on the bandwagon and do some crazy HTTP PUT action through Rails or Ajax… *bam* realtime.

    The rate-limiting-step is the dissemination of that information… more specifically, how often does the Original Source update its information, then how often does Subscriber #1 update its information, then how often does Sub#2 update its?

    The solution is simple in theory: All we need is 30 dedicated hockey fans, one from each team, who will watch every home game on live TV and use some mythical, easy-to-use update mechanism to post realtime results to the “web hub” that will spit out event-driven XML updates to the feeds.

    Done! Now what?

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