Since we had a number of complaints regarding some of the methodology of last year's tournament, I turned to some of last year's judges to help me out in settling on a format for this year's GST. We still have the same basic idea, but we've opened things up to give people more flexibility over the matches. Here's how this year's GST will work.
The following forms of shows are eligible to compete in the GST:
The following forms of shows will not be eligible:
During the nomination process, anyone is welcome to submit their list of their TEN to TWENTY-FIVE favorite shows. The higher on the list a show appears, the more points it will be allocated. The point distribution is as follows:
The Final Four from last year's GST - PYRAMID, JEOPARDY!, PASSWORD, and THE PRICE IS RIGHT - are guaranteed #1 seedings in the four regions this year, and as such need not be nominated. Also, as has been the case every year, shows that have had multiple renditions are handled as one single entry. If a person nominates either a Final Four entrant or two separate runs of the same show, that nomination will be ignored and all shows below it will be moved up accordingly.
Nominations will last one week. After that time, the qualifying shows will be organized into four brackets of 16 shows each. Qualifying shows will be determined in this manner:
The tournament consists of 63 matches in which two shows will "compete" head to head. For each match, a number of predetermined judges will cast their vote as to which show is better. The show that receives the most votes from these particular judges will advance to the next round. The tournament is single-elimination, meaning that any loss eliminates that show from a chance at the championship. (However, the losers from the two Final Four matches will compete in a third-place Consolation match.)
Prior to the start of each round, the voting pool will be divided into four separate groups. Each group will be in charge of a different bracket in each round of the competition. The number of judges that will cast votes in each match depends on the round.
Whether or not you are assigned a particular match, all judges are encouraged to vote in each match, for if the match ends in a tie among assigned judges, the majority vote of all judges will break the tie. However, a judge must recuse himself from any match in which he has not seen one or both shows competing.
Judges for each match will be selected through the use of a random number generator.
Prior to the Sweet 16, any person who either submits a list of nominees or casts a vote in a GST match will be added to the roster for the following round. After the beginning of the Sweet 16, unofficial judges may only cast tiebreaker votes, and from the Final Four on, only judges on the roster will be allowed to vote in each match.
If a judge is absent from his assigned matches, he will not be assigned any further matches until he makes contact with me again, at which point he will be reinstituted.
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