Thursday, August 14, 2008

League Rules

Disclaimer:
  1. I'm not claiming that this is a list of all the rules, but it is everything I can think of at the moment.
  2. Trust me, this game is much simpler to play than it is to write about.
  3. I run all this as laid back as possible, so don’t worry too much about the details
REGULAR SEASON CONTESTS:

> NCAA Pick'em
  • 15 Games (when available) will be on each week's card.
  • On most occasions, Thursday and Friday college football games will not appear on the card.
  • Rivalries and games on national television (and my Comcastic local TV) are given some priority in my choice of games.
  • When possible, I will work league member's alma maters into the pick'em card. Be sure to mention it to me.
  • A point spread will be set for each game and will not change after I send the weekly card.
  • Teams will pick each game against the spread.
  • Bonus opportunity (these do not count toward the overall score for the contest)
  1. In addition to the picks, each owner should choose 3 of their picks to make a "Best Bet." If all 3 "Best Bet" picks are correct, the owner will get 3 bonus points for the week.
  2. The weekly winner will receive 3 bonus points.
  3. Sending your card in before the stated "Early Bird Deadline" (usually noon on the day before the first kickoff on the cards) will be worth 1 bonus point.
  4. The last game on the card (tiebreaker game) will be worth 1 bonus point if picked correctly.
  5. The weekly cards will often include other random, but appropriate bonus opportunities.
  6. A perfect Pick'em card (picking every game correctly w/ a min of 14 games/card) is worth 5 bonus points... this almost never happens.
  • A Note About Tiebreakers
  1. In the case of a tie, the last game on the card (tiebreaker game) will determine the winner.
  2. The person that chose a score closest to the actual score of the game will win the tiebreaker.
  3. You must have picked the tiebreaker game correctly to be eligible for the tiebreaker (i.e. the first tiebreaker is the pick itself).
  4. The final tiebreaker will be whoever sent their card in first.
  • The team with the most Pick'em points (bonus points excluded) after the end of the regular season will win 25% of the total pot. 2nd place will receive 10% of the total pot.
> NFL Pick'em
  • Exactly like the NCAA Pick'em, except NFL picks are straight up (no point spread).
  • Every single NFL game on the schedule will make the NFL card.
  • This means that sometimes there will be games that are not on Sunday. Remember to get your picks (or at least that one) in on time.
  • The team with the most Pick'em points (bonus points excluded) after the end of the regular season will win 25% of the total pot. 2nd place will receive 10% of the total pot.

POST SEASON CONTESTS:
  • Bonus points collected during the season will not count towards the team's overall Pick'em score.
  • Instead, bonus points will be tallied to be used in the leagues the postseason contests: NCAA Bowl Pick'em and NFL Playoff Challenge.
> NCAA Bowl Pick'em
  • Teams will get 405 points plus their acquired bonus points for the NCAA Pick'em regular season. (I may change the points given, but it will be the same for everyone)
  • The NCAA Bowl picks will work like a confidence pool with the highest score given to whichever pick you are most confident and the lowest score being whichever pick you are least.
  • The picks for the Bowl Pick'em will be straight up.
  • A card with the entire bowl schedule will be sent after the regular season.
  • The card must be returned before the kickoff of the first bowl game.
  • The team with the most points after the BCS National Championship game will win 15% of the total pot.
> NFL Playoff Pick'em
  • Teams will get 100 points plus their acquired bonus points for the NFL Pick'em regular season. (I may change the points given, but it will be the same for everyone)
  • The NFL Playoff Pick'em will be "Vegas-style," and teams can wager against the spread for each playoff game.
  • There will be minimum bets for each game. There is no maximum bet for any game.
  • The picks for the NFL Playoff Pick'em will be against the spread.
  • A "wager" card (pretty much the same as the regular Pick'em card but with your score on it) will be emailed each week during the playoffs.
  • The team with the most points after the Super Bowl will win will win 15% of the total pot.
WEEKLY PICK'EM CARDS
  • Cards will typically be sent out on Tuesday afternoon/evening and are due by Friday.
  • Changes to this schedule might occur if there are games being played on Thursdays or during holidays.
  • Late card exceptions will be made at my discretion, but the general rule is that if the picks are up on the website for everyone to see, then no cards will be accepted. If someone alerts me of a possible delay, I will hold off on posting the picks until Saturday's first kickoff.
  • Anyone who does not send in their card for a certain week will receive the lowest weekly score of a "picker."Trust me, this is never a very good score, but at least it won't eliminate you from winning if you have a busy week.

PAYOUTS
  • Payouts will be determined after I get a final list of all people that will be participating this year.
ENTRY FEE
  • Entry fee to play in all 4 contests will be $25.
  • Before anyone complains, we typically have about 18 weeks of regular season football. 18 weeks comes out to about $1.39 per week to play, and that is not even counting the bowl and playoff weeks.

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