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Ever since the first NBA game in 1946, the league has been generating excitement and statistics. Today, basketball fans have instant access to the NBA’s entire history of official statistics, thanks to NBA.com/Stats, a website powered by the SAP HANA® platform.
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National Basketball Association - NBA
New York, New York, USA
Marketing, Information Technology
Sports & Entertainment
SAP Data Services, SAP HANA
The NBA has always embraced the latest technology and wanted to provide teams, media and fans with access to ground-breaking statistics and a deeper understanding of the game.
Fans want to interact with stats
The NBA wanted a website to provide teams, media, and fans with access to their entire history of official statistics. The definitive site needed to be user friendly, enable tens-of-thousands of concurrent users, and allow for future innovation. Additionally, a core function of the site would be to drive more engagement among NBA fans around the world, and provide them with a seamless experience in accessing more than 65 years of statistical data.
The first goal
- Mark Tatum, Deputy Commissioner, National Basketball Association
After an extensive proof-of-concept, the NBA chose the SAP HANA platform to handle the tens-of-thousands of concurrent fans who will be interacting with the unprecedented statistical experience on NBA.com. SAP Services worked hand in hand with the NBA to implement SAP HANA to run the league’s new statistical offering.
Speed and performance
The speed and performance of the in-memory computing technology from SAP makes it possible for the website to accommodate tens of thousands of concurrent users. The platform’s fast data loads let the NBA add new statistics following a game.
When it came to implementing their best-in-class website, the NBA was all about collaboration. After all, the No. 1 factor that determines the NBA champion every year is teamwork. The NBA teamed up with the SAP® Services organization to ensure a smooth rollout of the new technology.
And, implementing it in such a short period of time wouldn’t have been possible without SAP’s expertise.
SAP Services were wonderful
NBA.com/Stats provides the definitive statistical offering consisting of the NBA’s entire history of official statistics – more than 4.5 quadrillion combinations of statistics – and an unparalleled experience for fans.
- Steve Hellmuth, Executive Vice President of Operations and Technology, National Basketball Association
Split, filter, and run calculations
Everything a fan needs to know about their team is now immediately available, they can slice and dice the data and look at it however they wish. The new site offers an in-depth experience to anyone who follows the game. Media use the site to develop compelling story lines, hard-core devotees research the perfect fantasy team, and the casual fan learns more about the sport.
With its global exposure, the site helps extend the NBA brand to consumers and fans around the world. In summary all of the power that’s built into the site is really about letting the fans engage more with the sport.
- Michael Gliedman, Senior Vice President and CIO, National Basketball Association
Data from Arena to Database in sub-seconds
The NBA’s goals are, first and foremost, to grow and celebrate the game of basketball on a global basis. This year alone, NBA programming will be seen in more than 215 countries and enjoyed in 47 languages. Overall, the success of NBA.com/Stats contributed to NBA.com achieving all-time traffic records. The website is expected to play an important role in keeping basketball’s expanding audience fully engaged and close to the game.
Together, the NBA and SAP are looking to innovate even further. Already, ground-breaking video content and advanced box scores were unveiled, and the website is now available to fans through smartphones and tablets.
The NBA, through its partnership with SAP, was able to create the definitive destination for official NBA statistics. As for who leads the NBA in scoring – you’ll have to check out NBA.com/Stats.