Schedules are as complicated as they are important. Effective schedules are workable, fair to all teams, convenient for fans and effective at maximising jeopardy.
Jeopardy occurs when high stakes meet uncertainty. Take the title race, for example – when should the two favourites meet? Too early, and it’s rarely a decider (low stakes). Too late, and the race may be over (no uncertainty).
The 2023/24 fixture lists across the Big Five Leagues reflect this. The closer the title race according to our projections, the later in the season the match between the two favourites.