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  • Sam Smith Sam Smith Feb 17, 2013 1:08 AM Flag

    Fair schedule

    If your league has 10 or 12 teams, there is no way to avoid scheduling 2 games vs. some teams and 1 game vs. other teams. The only fair way to schedule is along division lines = 2 games vs. teams in your division, and 1 game vs. teams in other divisions ... but this only works if you guarantee a playoff spot for each division winner, since they have proven they are better than other teams in their division, but they are not comparable to other division winners (based on overall record) since you do not have equal round robin scheduling

    Thus you either live with this solution, or you change your league to either 8 or 14 teams, since then you can use true round robin scheduling, making overall record the only thing you need (since everyone had equal opportunity to beat all other teams on the schedule). With 8 teams, you play 14 weeks (twice vs. each team) and the top 4 make playoffs (week 15 and 16). With 14 teams, you play 13 weeks (once vs. each team) and the top 6 (or 8) make playoffs (week 14, 15, and 16). In my experience, 6 team playoff is much better than 8 team playoff (so you reward the top 2 teams and minimize # of #$%$ teams, etc.)