NFL turns to Sloan Sports Analytics Conference researchers to balance schedules

Published April 17, 2019


An article on Yahoo Sports reports on work by Mark Karwan, Praxair Professor of Operations Research and SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, to create an NFL schedule that is materially fair and largely disparity free.

He estimated that there are more possible schedules (10 to the power of 300) than there are atoms in the universe (10 to the power of 80). “It’s very difficult to call the NFL a league of parity when there’s one team with half of their division games against clubs with extra time to rest and prepare, while another in the same division has none. The league simply has to do better,” Karwan said.

Read the story here.

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