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Amazon Cloud Technology Aids NFL in Schedule Making

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Portion of a grid depicting the NFL's 2021 season.

The 272-game schedule the NFL released this week took a completely different journey to completion with computers from Amazon Web Services negotiating the trillions of possibilities on what day, what time, and what network to play each game.


The National Football League (NFL) used Amazon Web Services (AWS)' cloud platform to arrange its just-released 272-game 2021 schedule.

The NFL's Mike North said, "We've got 5,000 computers each building up schedules."

The cloud computers negotiated trillions of possibilities on what day, time, and network to play each game, and league officials studied over 80,000 possibilities before making a final choice.

Each morning officials receive new schedules from the computers, determine whether any schedule rates being the new lead, and instruct the computers by eliminating certain seed games or shifting different spots to hopefully resolve other problems; this process repeats until a final option is reached.

From Associated Press
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