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Sustainability 2018, 10(2), 429; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10020429

Sustainable Sport Scheduling Approach Considering Team Equity for the Korean Professional Baseball League

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Department of Hotel and Tourism Management, College of Hospitality and Tourism, Sejong University, Seoul 05006, Korea
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Data Analytics Group, Deloitte Consulting, Seoul 07326, Korea
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Received: 30 October 2017 / Revised: 25 January 2018 / Accepted: 6 February 2018 / Published: 7 February 2018
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Abstract

Since the Korea Baseball League (KBL) had nine teams, an odd number, in the 2013 season, one team was unable to compete at certain times in the rotation while the other eight teams played games. Therefore, it was necessary to consider several elements to generate an annual match schedule in terms of team equity. However, the annual match schedule created by the conventional method could not fully reflect the elements regarding team equity, and there were a great many complaints from teams and fans. As a result, applying an optimization technique was decided upon to derive an efficient annual match schedule for the 2014 season. All the required conditions for scheduling are formulated as one or more equations and several parameter values concerning team equity are calculated with the related equations. Due to the complicated scheduling conditions, a sequential solution approach is applied by dividing the overall planning horizon in three parts. The derived annual match schedule was used for the 2014 season after some modifications, and the staff of the KBL was satisfied with the performance of the proposed scheduling methodology. Currently, this sustainable scheduling methodology is still in use to generate an efficient annual match schedule for the KBL. View Full-Text
Keywords: sport scheduling; sport management; operations research; mathematical model; optimization sport scheduling; sport management; operations research; mathematical model; optimization
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Ko, Y.D.; Jung, S.H.; Kim, S.H.; Lee, S.W. Sustainable Sport Scheduling Approach Considering Team Equity for the Korean Professional Baseball League. Sustainability 2018, 10, 429.

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