2/10/2005

Market_Based NFL Overtime Solutions

According to the article Market-Based NFL Overtime Solution at www.cornersolution.com, it is referring to the sudden death overtime in football. The sudden death overtime is decided by a flip of a coin. This method is thought to be unfair to some people because basically whoever wins the flip will win the game. All that has to be done is kick a field goal. There are people who do not find this fair, so here is another solution to determining sudden death. This consists of the team going together for a silent auction to decide who will get possession. The teams then decide on the yard line that they are willing to start on. Then the papers are sealed up and given to the referees. The referees then read the papers, and whoever gives the lower yard will receive the ball first. The team to score first then will be the winner. This way both teams get an equal opportunity, and the team that is willing to give up the most will be rewarded. After this idea was reviewed by a high school football coach his remarks were “this is retarded.” I personally think that it is a little different idea. It kind of takes away the momentum of the game to have to get in a huddle and pick a yard line. But in another case it is a lot fairer. Some may think that it is brilliant because it makes each team competitively internalize all of their comparative strengths and weaknesses. What do you think? Would you like to see a change in sudden death or not?

7 comments:

Chuck said...

Harry at first I wondered what this had to do with economics but then I realized it does relate (if you use your imagination)! Two firms in the same line of business, like two football teams, must analyze their strenghts and weakness and make a judgement according to where they feel they are best able to profit. Firms, like the football teams in this instance, are where the best offers are taken.

salty said...

I wouldn't like to see a change in the NFL's sudden death overtime. All games have luck involved and this is another aspect of luck that makes the game exciting. Also, the team that wins the coin toss wins the game around sixty percent of the time. It's not that big of a difference to make a rule change. The analysis of having the teams competitively internalize all of their strengths and weaknesses is a fun way to think about.

trudy said...

The sudden death overtime in football definitely needs to be changed. Whether we relate it to economics or not, the game should be decided by the best team. If we do look at an economics angle each team should have a fair chance to win in sudden death. Is it a fair chance to toss a coin, especially if the other team gets to make the call?

homer said...

Interesting idea. Even more so once this rule is set into play for a few months and teams have studied out how their competition reacts to certain scenarios.

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Dale said...

I agree with trudy, that it is fair to toss a coin. There is luck behind the 50% chance to get the coin toss. I also think that the best team has a chance to win. The sudden death is the best way to see which team steps up and makes the big plays. That is what sports comes down to.