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Yahoo Tiebreaker Question

Postby Kodiak » Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:23 am

I am commissioner of a 10-team, head-to-head league. Top 6 teams make the playoffs.

My question is, which one of these two teams should have the 6th playoff spot?

Team A finished the regular season with a record of 100-107-13, .484 PCT, and finished 22.5 GB.
Team B finished the regular season with a record of 104-111-5, .484 PCT, and finished 22.5 GB.

Currently, Team A is in the playoffs.

Here is the beginning of Yahoo's explanation of the tiebreaker system. I only included these two parts because this was really all that was applicable here:

If, at the end of the regular season, two or more teams in a Head-to-Head League finish tied in the standings (based on a Games Behind calculation), the following system will be used to break the tie and determine playoff seedings:
1. Overall winning percentage.
2. Highest winning percentage in Week 23.

Well, "overall winning percentage" is a tie, .484. So that would mean the second line comes in effect. Now here is where my question comes in. What exactly do they mean by "highest winning percentage in Week 23?" Does that mean, what was the team's OVERALL winning percentage AS OF Week 23? Or does that mean, "which team did better in their Week 23 matchup?" I think Yahoo means the latter, because Team A is in the playoffs after beating their Week 23 opponent 6-4. Meanwhile, Team B tied their Week 23 opponent, 5-5.

But then again, I'm not sure this is what Yahoo means. After all, the first tiebreaker criteria was "overall winning percentage." Is it possible they mean that throughout?

Any thoughts?

Kodiak :-D
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Re: Yahoo Tiebreaker Question

Postby Torr » Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:00 pm

I think your right that it's the latter... whoever does the best in that final week (or the week before if it was another tie) wins, not what thier record was before they played that week. Actually, giving it to the person who was already ahead seems "fairer" somehow, but that's not the way Yahoo does it.
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