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Ye olde Football Pick'em contest

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by aztarheel, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. aztarheel

    aztarheel New Member

    There are several web sites that host March Madness bracket contests (www.hoopness.com, etc.). Was wondering if there are any that do something similar for other sports-related contests.

    We were kicking around the idea of starting a Football Pick'em contest this fall, where readers choose winners of area high school games as well as some college and pro games. (Advertising racket but it is fun, too, and draws readers to our web site). Just trying to find out if we can run our contest online somewhere. Thanks for the help.
  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Promoting gambling on high school games would be a tremendous avenue for a local newspaper. Good luck!
  3. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    More than one small newspaper where I grew up did this. I think the winner each week won like $50. One paper even wrote a silly little 300-word piece on the winner each week. They'd let you pick all the HS games and a few college and NFL games. Was a full-page ad. Each game was on a different sponsor.
  4. rmanfredi

    rmanfredi Active Member

    This guy thinks this sounds like a great idea:


    He can also score you prime tickets to Cheap Trick. The magnetism of Robin Zander and the charisma of Rick Nielsen.

    Seriously, my small town newspaper did this when I was growing up for the area high school games. I think it's OK as long as you don't set any "spreads" for the games. Either do it straight up or have people predict the scores and whomever gets the closest wins.
  5. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    rmanfredi beat me to it. Has to be straight up. Maybe throw in a local college or pro game, just for shits and giggles? Hell, I'd steal this too, but I'm convinced our ad staff would only halfheartedly try to sell it, then blame the recession.
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