NFL's search for perfect schedule continues with help from UB

Published April 17, 2019


An article in USA Today features the work of 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, and how mathematics plays an essential role in creating the NFL schedule each year.

The NFL has up to 10,000 constraints to consider when creating the 17-week schedule for 32 teams — including logistical considerations like stadium availability and broadcasting rules, as well as individual team requests. Three researchers from the University at Buffalo are the only people, outside of four NFL employees, who work on the schedule. 

"This is, by far, the hardest mathematical thing I've ever done," said Karwan. 

Read the article here.