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“Fairness in Sports” workshop

June 11

Fairness in sport is not just about assigning the top prizes to the worthiest competitors. It is also about the way the competition itself is organized. How to design rules that do not favor certain competitors? How to design a schedule of play that a priori offers similar chances to each participant? How to reconcile various (often conflicting) requests expressed by the stakeholders? It seems that as financial interests in sports increase, fairness is increasingly under pressure, and research on fairness issues in sports is becoming more and more relevant.  The workshop focusses on scientific methods to achieve greater fairness in sports, both from a theoretical and a practical point of view.

The program includes the following speakers:

** Juan-Moreno Ternero: “Fair resource allocation in sports competitions”

** Laszlo Csato: “Random matching in balanced bipartite graphs: The (un)fairness of draw mechanisms used in sports”

** Frits Spieksma: “Fair Schedules for Single Round Robin Tournaments with Ranked Participants”

** Alessandro Di Mattia: “The Effect of a Structural Change in Round-Robin Tournaments with Four Teams: Evidence from Beach Volleyball”

** Joonas Pääkkönen: “Hard-to-solve Rogaining Competitions”

** Dóra Gréta Petróczy: “Alternative UEFA country rankings based on pairwise comparisons”

** Julien Guyon: TBA

** Morteza Davari: “Redefining NBA Divisions: A Blueprint for NBA Expansion”

** Felix Otto: “Measures to increase fairness in subjective performance evaluations”

** Mehmet Ismail: “Fairer Tournaments: Matching and Scoring Players in Games (Like Chess) and Sports (Like Soccer)”


The workshop is a free 1-day event, which will take place on June 11th, 2024, in the historic city of Ghent, Belgium.

Registration is required, but free (extended deadline: May 26th).

It continues a tradition that began in Ghent in 2018 and was followed by an engaging session in London the same year.

For more information, please visit our website at https://www.sportscheduling.ugent.be/FairnessInSports


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Ghent University
Tweekerkenstraat 2
Ghent, Belgium
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