The NFL & Optimal Planning Solutions use Xpress-MP Optimization from Fair Isaac to Create Winning Season Schedules

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(Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) - Fair Isaac Corp (NYSE: FIC), the leading provider of analytics and decision management technology, today announced that for the third consecutive season, the NFL has used Optimal Planning Solutions's sports-scheduling solution and Fair Isaac's Xpress-MP optimization tool to deliver the NFL's playing schedule, which was announced last week.

Optimal Planning Solutions customized its advanced sports-scheduling tools, which use Fair Isaac's Xpress-MP solver, to mathematically model and solve the NFL's extremely complex scheduling problems.

"There are a myriad of complex scheduling requirements and constraints that must be taken into account each season," said Michael North, NFL Director of Broadcast Planning and Scheduling. "We chose Optimal Planning Solutions and Fair Isaac because they not only understood our unique requirements but also created a tool that greatly improves the timeliness of our scheduling process and the overall quality of the schedules. The result is an outstanding playing schedule for our fans, teams, and broadcast partners."

Based on the NFL's objectives, Optimal Planning Solutions is using Xpress-MP to create a schedule that:

  • Accommodates stadium availability issues
  • Minimizes the competitive impact of travel and/or days between games
  • Delivers television schedules that allow the most fans to watch the biggest games

Optimal Planning Solutions' scheduling system enables the NFL to search and analyze countless potential schedules for those that balance the needs of the team and network partners, taking into account the many constraints that must be considered.

"Countless factors must be taken into account when scheduling the NFL season," said North. "This process was, until recently, mostly a manual and intensely complex process. With the implementation of the Optimal Planning Solutions software using Fair Isaac's Xpress-MP tool, we can evaluate infinitely more scheduling options than ever before."

"Scheduling the NFL season is an extremely difficult task and we need the most powerful optimization software that's available," said Rick Stone, President of Optimal Planning Solutions. "Xpress-MP outperforms other optimization tools, including CPLEX, for our sports-scheduling problems. We are excited by the strong analytics background that Fair Isaac brings to the Xpress-MP team and Fair Isaac's continued commitment to the Xpress-MP product line."

Xpress-MP is a suite of mathematical modeling and optimization tools from Fair Isaac used to solve linear, integer, quadratic, non-linear, and stochastic programming problems. The suite features sophisticated, robust algorithms to quickly and accurately solve the industry's most demanding problems.

About Fair Isaac
Fair Isaac Corporation (NYSE:FIC) combines trusted advice, world-class analytics and innovative applications to help businesses make smarter decisions. Fair Isaac's solutions and technologies for Enterprise Decision Management turn strategy into action and elevate business performance by giving organizations the power to automate more decisions, improve the quality of their decisions, and connect decisions across their business. Clients in 80 countries work with Fair Isaac to increase customer loyalty and profitability, cut fraud losses, manage credit risk, meet regulatory and competitive demands, and rapidly build market share. For more information, go to

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