Monday, January 29, 2007

gamedayritual Article on MLB.com

gamedayritual is pleased to announce that we have been published on MLB.com! The first in a series of articles - entitled Perception vs. Reality - to be written by gamedayritual has been published on MLB.com's fantasy front page: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/fantasy/index.jsp



Here is a direct link to the article.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

gamedayritual Baseball 2007 Pricing

gamedayritual is pleased to announce our pricing details for the 2007 Baseball season. As gamedayritual continues to evolve, so too will its offerings to users, and 2007 marks the arrival of a few new pricing options.

Lite and Standard Teams

For the first time in 2007, gamedayritual is offering two different types of teams: Lite and Standard. While there are no differences in game play capability, Lite teams offer a price break for users, at the exclusion of the Tools and Assistant GM functionality. An ideal option for someone looking to get in the game and cut costs. The Standard team offers the 'traditional' gamedayritual experience, including the full Tools and Assistant GM functionality.

2007 Lite* Baseball Team: $14.95 USD

2007 Standard Baseball Team: $24.95 USD

* Mid-season upgrades from Lite to Standard Teams will be available

Users Become Members

gamedayritual users are keen, loyal, and often don't settle for just one team. And so for the first time in 2007 we will be offering full Memberships. As in many places, membership has its privileges, and gamedayritual is no exception. The Gold Memberships will allow users to create and/or activate an unlimited* number of teams for the Baseball 2007 season. Members will also enjoy a greatly reduced number of in-game ads. In addition to a Gold Membership, gamedayritual users will also have the option of choosing a Platinum Membership, allowing users to create an unlimited* number of Baseball and Football teams for 2007.

2007 Gold Membership: $59.95 USD

2007 Platinum Membership: $99.95 USD

* gamedayritual reserves the right to cap the number of teams in cases of excess or abuse.

Leagues of Their Own

gamedayritual users will continue to be able to purchase Pre-Paid leagues in 2007. Leagues purchased Pre-Paid will be priced at about $20 USD a team. Naturally if purchased by a Gold or Platinum Member, the Member's team will be free. Pre-Paid leagues will be available for Standard Teams only.

Leagues starting at $159.95 USD.

gamedayritual is excited to offer its users more options for 2007, and looks forward to a successful and enjoyable year. Signup for the 2007 season will be beginning in the first half of February, and accounts and teams will be available at:

http://www.gamedayritual.com/signup/presignup.aspx?utm_source=QuickHitsBlog&utm_medium=blog

Thursday, January 25, 2007

gamedayritual Switches to Google Checkout

Effective for the signup of Baseball 2007 and going forward, gamedayritual is pleased to announce that we will be using Google Checkout as our payments provider. This change will require users to either use their existing Google Account or create a free Google Account - a very simple process. gamedayritual users do not need to worry about creating a Google Account ahead of time - you will be prompted to create an account in the payment process which will only take you a few minutes to complete.




Sunday, January 07, 2007

Pro Football Analysis Methods

While I can't seem to find an electronic version of the article, I'd point you to an interesting article in the January 8th New Yorker magazine on the current state of Professional Football, written by Adam Gopnik, titled The Unbeautiful Game.

http://www.newyorker.com/main/magazine/

The article is mostly a resume of the current culture of Pro Football, the comings and goings of the players, the lack of 'guaranteed money', and the league's strict policy on dress code and uniforms - flowing all the way down to the dress that the coaches wear on the sidelines. None of that is really Earth shattering stuff, but interesting.

There is an interesting section in the article about football talent evaluation, and lamenting the fact that there hasn't really been a 'Bill James of football' yet. The author makes some interesting arguments about the truly team nature of football vs. the greater role of the individual contributions in baseball.

I would look for example at the fact that while there are parallels in football, the notion of the game winning home run or complete game shutout are not as strong in football. Sure a player can return a kickoff for a touchdown, or break a run for 80 yards, but there is a full team's worth of things that has to go right for that to happen - blocks for example - where in baseball, the one-on-one match up between a pitcher and a batter is a more discrete, self contained event. (Granted the positioning of the fielders may effect that match up, but I would argue that connection is not as strong as the blocking of an offensive line and full back to support a half back.)

You could argue that in football, if you look at each play from scrimmage as an 'at bat' that forms the basis for an analysis method. However the objective of the offense plays a very strong role in what an individual play from scrimmage is going to look like, with the most obvious factor being whether the team is ahead (ball possession paramount - run) or if the team is behind (move the sticks, improve scoring position - pass). This is also true in baseball - a batter may be asked to move a runner along, or swing for the fences - but these 'specialized' at bats seem to be fewer and further between then a football team 'running the ball for the second half'.

I would argue that these factors are a major reason as to why a good predictive analysis of football is yet to emerge. But the debate in any case is an interesting one, as is the article.

If anyone out there finds an online version of the article, feel free to post a link here. I will do the same if it is released once the January 8th New Yorker is off the News Stands.