An innovative approach to National Football League standings using optimal bonus points
AbstractBonus points provide a simple way to improve the accuracy of league standings. We investigate the inclusion of bonuses in the National Football League (NFL) using a prediction model built on league points. Both touchdown-based and narrow-loss bonuses are shown to be significant. Our preferred system awards four points for a win, two for a tie, one point for scoring four or more touchdowns and one point for losing by seven or fewer points. Such a system would also make it easier for supporters to identify playoff contenders and place importance on otherwise meaningless end-of-game plays.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Otago, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0905.
Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2009
Date of revision: Jun 2009
tournament design; sports predictions; NFL;
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