Fireside Chat with Mike North, VP of Broadcast Planning & Scheduling for the NFL

In this fireside chat, Mike North, VP of Broadcast Planning and Scheduling at the NFL and Greg Glockner, VP of Engineering at Gurobi Optimization, discuss how they used mathematical optimization to create the 2019 schedule and some issues and constraints the NFL is facing with the 2020 schedule.

Webinar Summary

In this special Fireside Chat with the NFL’s VP of Broadcast Planning & Scheduling Mike North, and Gurobi’s VP of Engineering Greg Glockner, will discuss the process that goes into creating the NFL schedule – one of the hardest problems in existence – the special challenges faced this year, and much more.



Mike North, VP of Broadcast Planning & Scheduling for the NFL

Michael North is the Vice President of NFL Broadcast Planning & Scheduling.

Michael North is in his 25th season with the NFL and his 22nd in the Broadcasting Department where he is part of the team that creates the playing schedule each season. North works closely with the 32 Clubs, network television partners, stadium operators, and the NFL’s International team while managing the relationships with software and hardware vendors, as well as mixed integer programming, combinatorial optimization, and predictive analytics experts, in an effort to help search through millions of permutations in pursuit of the one magical, mythical, “perfect” NFL schedule each season that satisfies all the teams and television networks. A 1992 graduate from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in computer science, Mike lives with his artist wife, three teenage sons, two dogs, and a turtle in Westchester County, NY, tantalizingly close to Hudson National Golf Club.


Greg Glockner

Greg Glocker is the Vice President of Engineering at Gurobi Optimization.

Dr. Gregory Glockner has a B.S. magna cum laude from Yale University in Applied Mathematics and Music, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His doctoral dissertation was awarded the 1997 Transportation Science Dissertation Prize from INFORMS. Dr. Glockner has trained users of optimization software in Brazil, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and throughout the USA and Canada. He is an expert in optimization modeling and software development: his professional experience in software development includes all major platforms and 9 of the top 10 programming languages in the TIOBE Programming Community Index. Prior to joining Gurobi Optimization in 2009, Dr. Glockner was partner and Chief Operating Officer for Dwaffler, a provider of decision analysis tools. From 1998-2007, he worked at ILOG in two different positions: as a Senior Technical Account Manager and a Product Manager. As an ILOG Senior Technical Account Manager, he introduced advanced optimization and rules software to customers across North America. As an ILOG Product Manager, he was responsible for product management of CPLEX, ODM, OPL and Solver. From 1997-1998, he worked at Pacific Gas & Electric, where he developed stochastic programming software for hydroelectric power scheduling, and he built statistical tools for energy trading in the deregulated energy market. He has also worked as an operations research analyst for the Federal Aviation Administration and for Northwest Airlines.

Presented Materials

You can download the slides presented in this webinar here.