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0 Subject: Daily Blurb - March 26, 2010

Posted by: Guru
- [330592710] Fri, Mar 26, 2010, 11:01

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When #1 seeds are beaten, brackets are busted, but the tournament is enhanced. Triple-overtime games are pretty good, too. Hope you didnít get stuck watching the other two games for too long.

I finally got the sortable stats posted for the RotoHog baseball games Ė both versions of Salary Cap and the Stock Exchange game. Ditto for the Assimilator. Since the salary cap games are virtual clones of the TSN games, the transition was easy. The point formula is halved, but I think thatís the only material difference. Of course, the player pricing is rather odd, especially the pitcher prices, which seem to be about half of what they should be. Hard to image why Pujols should be worth $12.8m while Lincecum is worth only $6.2m. Obviously, that has significant strategy implications. Plan accordingly.

1 Schick285
      ID: 132522611
      Fri, Mar 26, 2010, 12:52
This is from the TSN site, a letter from Sporting News President:A Message from the Sporting News President:Due to a shift in our core business strategy, SportingNews.com will no longer offer new fantasy games going forward (excluding Strat-O-Matic). The fantasy industry is changing, and we feel it's best to devote our resources to providing the best fantasy content and advice on the internet, and beyond. We believe SportingNews.com's fantasy content, tools and advice are already best in class, and over the next few months, we will completely redesign the Fantasy Source section of our site to deliver a new and improved user experience. With this shift in strategy, we will dedicate our entire fantasy staff to building Fantasy Source into the number one destination for fantasy information, accessible via internet, mobile devices, and other new technologies. The SportingNews.com fantasy staff shares and understands the disappointment that comes with this decision. We realize that the Sporting News community of fantasy players is extremely competitive and appreciate that many of our members have been asking about our fantasy baseball games and delaying their leagues, waiting for our launch. In an effort to show our appreciation to you, our loyal customer, we have partnered with CBSSports.com to allow you to create a Baseball Commissioner League, at a 50% discount, during the 2010 season. Simply click here to sign up. You must use this link to receive your discounted league, a $89.99 value. Please be assured that this decision was not taken lightly and we truly believe this is the beginning of great things for us in the fantasy content environment. If you haven't already, we hope you will check out Fantasy Source. We will continue to provide fantasy players with the same great content and add many new and improved features. Finally, for those of you with outstanding site credits, we are in the process of setting up a way for you to convert those into other Sporting News products or cash. Please make sure you have a current working email address on file as we will be contacting you shortly. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach us at fantasygames@sportingnews.com. Sincerely,Jeff PricePresident/Publisher
2Guru
      ID: 330592710
      Fri, Mar 26, 2010, 15:19
Thanks - but that's old news.
3 Kal_Zakath
      ID: 522522816
      Sun, Mar 28, 2010, 17:52
Yep - a lot of things going on with the game this year.

Rotohog also has halved all of the points for everything - except saves, which were quartered. While the prices for ALL of the pitchers are cheap, the new scoring on the closers seems to put them out of the picture as holds for any real length of time, if at all.

A lot this year is going to depend on how they deal with the variables - price changes, etc. If everything is like last year, then people will have all-star teams in a big hurry. However, if price changes are substantially muted, then it could be a whole new kind of game.

I'm not sure if the new scoring and pricing shows a lot, but it does have me worried about Rotohog's grasp of the balance of the game between the various components. Starters vs. closers, while unbalanced a little, was still a discussion you could have on the boards. Now, it's not even a question. The balance between hitters and pitchers as well, and where to allocate the beginning money was something I know TSN worked hard on. Now, it's again pretty moot.

It's also not just the price where the pitchers are going to be different this year. Previously, if you had a stud pitcher to start the season, you had to really think about moving him for the hotshot cheap guy because you needed the cash elsewhere. This year, you can have 3 studs on your team, rotating through the other 2 slots to be able to get the hot guys and save trades. This is going to be a big factor as the season goes on, as the extra trades from the beginning will mean more flexibility later on.

So, many of the balanced relationships we are used to are going to be gone this year - we're going to have to see how this works out, but I think that it really is a whole new game this year strategy-wise - here's hoping that it either works, or if it doesn't they scrap some of these changes and move back to what does.
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