I checked out their FAQ. Holy restrictions Batman. I've been wanting to do something with score data for awhile but with this many restrictions, why bother? I'll just crawl the data from other sources. Good effort ESPN...
The following default rules apply to all Apps:
- Branding. All Apps must include an approved ESPN trademark, logo or other
intellectual property (each, an "ESPN Mark").
- Advertising. No advertising or sponsorship of any kind may appear on or be
associated with any App (unless included in the Content made available by
- No Charge. All Apps must be offered free of charge to download or
otherwise access and may not contain any in-App purchase features.
If you are interested in creating a for-profit App, please
contact us at email@example.com to discuss a
potential partnership opportunity. All for-profit Apps
must be pre-approved in writing by ESPN (such approval to
be granted or withheld in ESPN’s sole discretion). To the
extent any for-profit Apps are approved in writing by ESPN
(in its sole discretion), you will be solely responsible
for any and all taxes due in connection with the
distribution of such App in any territory.
Doing anything that involves licensing pro sports is pricy, thats why ESPN is the most expensive cable channel by a long shot. They do have to be vultures about their for reasons that are outside their control (for all we know, they're making an uncharacteristically huge margin too, but even if they weren't the restrictions would probably be about the same).
And I highly recommend you consult with a lawyer before scraping for data if you plan to do anything public with it.