Ligalytics Uses FICO Analytics to Optimize Sports Schedules

FICO Xpress Solver will give sports scheduling team greater speed and flexibility

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Decision Management & Optimization

BENSHEIM, GERMANY, 24 February 2021 –

Highlights:

  • Ligalytics, the sports scheduling company, uses FICO® Xpress Solver to solve challenging optimization problems and generate fair and lucrative sports schedules
  • Ligalytics serves many top European sports leagues, including: Deutscher Fußballbund (DFB), Champions League Basketball, EuroLeague Basketball and Champions Hockey League, Basketball Bundesliga, German Ice Hockey League , German Tischtennis Bundesliga and German Football League, Finland’s premier soccer league Veikkausliiga, and Metal Ligaen, the premier league of Danish ice hockey. A recent new customer in the United States is The Basketball League.
  • FICO is a global analytics software company offering a complete suite of tools for decision management, including cutting-edge mathematical optimization solvers

Ligalytics is joining the ranks of firms that use the FICO® Xpress Optimization Suite to solve complex sports league scheduling challenges in record time.

More information: https://www.fico.com/en/products/fico-xpress-solver

Based in Germany, Ligalytics provides custom sports scheduling solutions for several major national and international sports leagues, including such top European sports leagues as Deutscher Fußballbund (DFB), Champions League Basketball, EuroLeague Basketball and Champions Hockey League, Basketball Bundesliga, German Ice Hockey League, German Tischtennis Bundesliga and German Football League, Finland’s premier soccer league Veikkausliiga, and Metal Ligaen, the premier league of Danish ice hockey. Recently, Ligalytics was announced as the new scheduling firm for America’s The Basketball League.

“Sports league schedules pose difficult analytical challenges because of interdependent considerations and constraints,” said Professor Dr. Stephan Westphal, executive director of Ligalytics, with a track record of more than 15 years in sports scheduling. “Such schedules should increase the number of spectators while balancing the availability of sports sites, broadcast schedules, sponsors’ wishes and the need to have schedules that achieve a fair balance between weak and strong teams. We have developed sophisticated algorithms that consider billions of alternatives, which critically depend on a fast mathematical optimization solver. We chose FICO Xpress because its solver gives us the greatest reduction in runtime, and the software has incredible flexibility.”

“We all get upset if our team gets an unfair playing schedule, plays too many away games or too many untelevised games,” said Jens Dauner, who oversees FICO’s operations in Central and Eastern Europe. “We at FICO are proud that our optimization technology can play a part in creating fair and balanced schedules, and we look forward to working with Ligalytics, a leading firm in this industry.”

As part of FICO® Xpress Optimization, FICO® Xpress Solver helps customers solve their most difficult, complex business problems by providing the widest breadth of industry-leading optimization algorithms and technologies. FICO’s powerful and versatile algorithms solve for large-scale, linear and mixed integer problems, constraint programming and non-linear problems. FICO Xpress Optimization is part of the FICO® Platform, a cloud-based, AI-powered environment for managing decisions across the enterprise.

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0208 977 9132

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