Unlocking the Potential of the NBA Schedule

Creating an NBA schedule requires a difficult balance of considerations, including player health & wellness, basketball quality, business, broadcast, and building availability. Combinatorics calculations show that the number of possible ways to schedule the NBA’s 1,230 regular season games over a period of 170 days is significantly larger than the number of atoms in the universe, so finding the best possible schedule is an intricate and exciting mathematical challenge. In this talk, Evan Wasch will discuss the past, present, and future of NBA scheduling, touching on both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the process.

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