The NBA is considered one of the most important sports competitions in the world. After its founding in 1947, the league has added millions of followers that not only come from the United States, therefore, its fame is global in nature and manages to cross borders.
There are more than 70 years of a rich history that must be preserved and protected in any way. For the same reason, the tournament managers have resorted to an extreme, but efficient, way of storing their most valuable treasure.
An extensive report from The Wall Street Journal shows how the NBA stores its game videos in an underground bunker capable of withstanding a nuclear attack. The vault includes historic matches where some of the most iconic players in the competition can be seen in action.
“The rare images of Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the current ones of LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo share an unlikely home 15 meters underground,” the article notes.
This facility was built in the 1960s by AT&T and is now operated by a disaster recovery and data protection company called Vital Records.
This is the largest collection of basketball-related content on the planet. There are millions of files that rest in a heavily guarded environment that is intensively monitored to fulfill its sole objective: to survive in the most adverse scenario.
The secure facility is located on top of a mountain in Flanders, New Jersey. The NBA bought part of the company’s premises once it understood the need to efficiently preserve its legacy.
Thus, the file size reaches 37 petabytes, this means that the collection is almost double the weight of the digital files of the Library of Congress of the United States. In addition, this size grows considerably each season now that the duels are shot in high definition from twelve different camera angles.
The good thing about this system is that it proposes an efficient and practical way to find any file that is needed, despite the extensiveness of the video library.
According to the article, any play involving any team, regardless of the year, is automatically coded and entered into the system indexed. This allows it to be found easily.
“We have all the incredible moments that exist at our fingertips… With a click or two you are literally watching the video,” said Paul Hirschheimer, the league’s senior vice president of content production.
Thus, thanks to the paranoia of AT&T executives typical of the Cold War, we know that when the moment of the final day arrives, the future inhabitants of Earth will be able to continue to enjoy some of the most memorable moments of the NBA.