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Optimal Realignments of the Teams in the National Football League

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Intellectual Contribution by Robert Saltzman

Contribution Title

Optimal Realignments of the Teams in the National Football League

Publication

European Journal of Operational Research

Co-author

Year

1996

Description

In the fall of 1995, the National Football League expanded for the first time since 1977. However, this expansion, coupled with the departure on the Rams and the Raiders from Los Angeles, exacerbated an already inefficient alignment of the teams. This paper presents optimal realignments of the league's 30 teams based on the goal of minimizing total intradivisional travel. These realignments are both fairer and less expensive for the teams than the 1995 alignment.

Complete Citation

Saltzman, R. and R. Bradford, "Optimal Realignments of the Teams in the National Football League," European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 93, pp. 469_475 (Sept. 1996).

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