Mathematics of Sports Scheduling

Maths” by Chris de Kok under CC 2.0 license

Fans love to complain about the scheduling gods screwing over their teams. Whether it’s back-to-back-to-back road games, facing too many teams coming off a bye week, or too many cross-country flights, it never seems fair. The NFL, for one, is trying to do something about this. It turns out, it’s harder than it looks.

Four years ago, a group of University at Buffalo researchers submitted a paper to the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics...

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