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1,610 Teams In The NFBC Best Ball Cutline Championship

Post by Greg Ambrosius » Fri Apr 01, 2022 4:41 am

If there was one contest that was hurt the most from the 99-day MLB lockout, it was definitely the NFBC Best Ball Cutline Championship. That's a contest that a lot of people jump into in the early months of the drafting season, get a feel for the player pool and have a chance to turn $175 into $75,000.

Our numbers were down during the slow draft season and it's tough to make them up during March and April when everyone is scheduling Main Event drafts and Rotowire Online Championship drafts. It's unlikely that we'll make it to the numbers we've hit each of the last two years -- 1,950 and 1,960 teams -- but we'll give it a shot anyway.

We just passed 1,250 teams last night, so we now have less than 700 spots left. But with only 6 drafting days left, things are looking good for those owners who already have teams because the ROI is better than expected. We are now paying the Top 2 teams in each league, including $350 to the league champion, and the $75,000 grand prize is guaranteed. Go crazy this weekend and you could turn $175 into $75,000.

Or better yet, let's make that $150 instead of $175 because we have a deal for you to push us toward a sellout.

From today through Sunday, you can buy any Cutline team for $25 and draft it anytime during the next 6+ days. This is only good for individual signups, so sign up for one team, use this promo code, hit Apply before checking out and you'll save $25:

Promo Code: [/b]ACUNA25[/b]

This offer is only good for the next 72 hours -- Friday through Sunday -- and you can apply it to multiple teams. And don't call me to say you just signed up for one yesterday for full price and now hate me. I'm not hearing it. We're trying to sell out this Cutline or at least get as close to a sellout as possible, so this discount is good for everyone, even if you signed up early. If we all want to keep this format going through good times and in bad times, then we need to push this discounted price this weekend and build this contest up again.

I'm convinced that in a normal year we'll get to over 2,000 teams for this format and beyond. There are a lot of people playing our Best Ball 12s this year, and that's great. The Best Ball scoring format is popular and the Cutline was the first format to perfect that scoring system. Now we just can't forget about the NFBC Best Ball Cutline Championship, so it's time to pull out the $25 discount offer.

The Special Packages are still available and you can save more than $25 a team with one compliance fee if you go that route. But if you want $25 off per signup, then sign up individually, use the code above, hit Apply and join us for some great action over these last six days.

Thanks all and good luck.
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Re: 630+ Spots Left In The NFBC Best Ball Cutline Championship

Post by Greg Ambrosius » Sat Apr 02, 2022 4:09 am

We are well short of our goal of 1,950 teams in the 2022 NFBC Cutline Championship, so we'll keep our Opening Day offer available for 48 more hours.

If you want to compete in the 2022 NFBC Best Ball Cutline Championship, we'll give you $25 off through today and tomorrow for any individual purchase made for a Cutline team. Just use this promo code:

ACUNA25

Enter that in Registration, hit Apply and watch $25 come off the purchase of any individual Cutline team. You can purchase teams for any of the last five days, but you must make the purchase by Sunday at 11:59 pm ET. When you are done with that, then turn $150 into the $75,000 grand prize because that baby is guaranteed.

We had 50+ signups yesterday in a good day, but we now have just over 1,300 teams and don't have enough time to sell this contest out. That's okay, we're headed in the right direction and we know that next year without a lockout we'll knock this one out of the park. Take advantage of the ROI this year, have fun and take home the $75,000 grand prize against a smaller field than expected.

Good luck everyone and now LET'S GET BUSY. Drafts are scheduled all weekend long from 1 pm ET to 11 pm ET. Let's go.
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Re: 590+ Spots Left In The NFBC Best Ball Cutline Championship

Post by Greg Ambrosius » Sun Apr 03, 2022 5:14 am

We had 50+ signups yesterday for the NFBC Cutline Championship and we're still far away from our goal of reaching last year's 1,960 teams. There's not enough time to fill another 60 leagues, so the ROI is going to be in your favor on this contest. There's no doubt that the 99-day lockout hurt this contest most of all, but we are still bullish on this Best Ball format and I think we'll finish strong.

This is the last day for the $25 discount and you can use on any team over the next four days. But you must secure those teams before midnight tonight. Use this promo code:

ACUNA25

Then hit Apply and $25 will come off every individual signup through today. Good luck all and enjoy this great format.
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Re: 520+ Spots Left In The NFBC Best Ball Cutline Championship

Post by Greg Ambrosius » Mon Apr 04, 2022 4:11 am

We had a nice push over the weekend thanks to our Weekend Special as we added another 170+ teams since Friday. We aren't going to sell out the NFBC Best Ball Cutline Championship this year, but we're at least above water and now headed toward a better number. The ROI is definitely in your favor this year as we'll fall far short of our goal of 1,950 teams, so take advantage of the lower numbers and turn $175 into a cool $75,000.

Thanks all and best of luck in your drafts over the next 3 days.
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Re: 440+ Spots Left In The NFBC Best Ball Cutline Championship

Post by Greg Ambrosius » Wed Apr 06, 2022 7:25 am

The only national contest that is going to fall far short of our goals is the NFBC Best Ball Cutline Championship. We just topped 1,500 teams last night with prizes based on 1,950 teams. We will likely fall 400+ teams short of goal.

I think the 99-day lockout affected this contest most of all because this is a contest where a lot of people draft earlier in the off-season, rather than waiting just before Opening Day to draft. Our number of slow draft leagues were down drastically and once the lockout ended a lot of players concentrated on the Main Event and Rotowire Online Championship.

We're still bullish on this contest and all of the prizes are guaranteed, including the $75,000 grand prize, and we believe this contest will grow and prosper again next year. Few changes, if any, will happen with this contest next year.

But for now, the ROI is in your favor and we also have a $25 promo code to help you along. Good luck everyone and enjoy the greater odds of winning this year's $75,000 grand prize.
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Re: 340 Spots Left In The NFBC Best Ball Cutline Championship

Post by Greg Ambrosius » Thu Apr 07, 2022 8:51 am

We finished the 2022 NFBC Best Ball Cutline Championship season with 161 leagues and 1,610 teams. This was down from 1,950 teams in 2020 and 1,960 teams in 2021, but we'll blame most of this on the 99-day lockout. There's no doubt that we lost a lot of prime drafting nights for this contest in February and early March, so we'll hit reset next year.

This was the first year that the entry fee was $175, while paying the Top 2 spots in each league. We are now paying $350 to each league champion and $150 to each league runner-up, while guaranteeing the $75,000 grand prize. We hope that people like the Pay Top 2 in each league, but we'll gladly take your feedback here or via email. Was this the right move to make?

Thanks all and best of luck this season. This is the best ROI you'll get in the NFBC, so enjoy and make it count. Next year, we are selling this baby out again!! ;)
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Re: 1,610 Teams In The NFBC Best Ball Cutline Championship

Post by Frozen Tundra » Sat Apr 09, 2022 4:05 pm

Definitely like paying the top two teams in each league. It makes sense that both teams which make the first cut should be rewarded. I think I had actually suggested that a couple of years ago. And there's no question that the lockout impacted cutline. I tried to schedule a few in early March and the times I wanted didn't get off the ground.
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Re: 1,610 Teams In The NFBC Best Ball Cutline Championship

Post by TRAIN » Tue May 10, 2022 6:12 am

First of all, I just want to say that I love the Best Ball format. It really makes the baseball season more enjoyable because I don't have to play GOD each week trying to predict weather patterns, 2 start pitchers, manager whims, injuries, paternity leave, etc. The Best Ball computer system only gives me those players who had the best stats for the week.

Speculating on why the Cutline sign-ups fell short this year:

1. When I pay full price for a team, I want a FULL season of baseball for those teams.

The reason that I don't like the Cutline version of the Best Ball format is that 50% of the teams get eliminated at the All-Star break.

So, basically, if your team(s) do not perform really well in the FIRST HALF of the baseball season, you have nothing to root for after the All-Star break and you are out the full money that you paid to buy those teams for what turned out to be just a 1/2 season of enjoyment.

So, even though your team(s) may have a great 2nd half of the baseball season, it doesn't matter because they might have been eliminated at the All-Star break.

That is a HUGE turn-off and the main reason I haven't played in the past couple of years.

2. DRAFTING: Having to focus mainly on the 1st half of the baseball season also comes into play when drafting. The Cutline format tends to force you to not draft potential call-up prospects because they may not get called up until after the All-Star break.

Instead, you have to draft players that you think might contribute right away in the first half of the season so that you can get past the All-Star break.

This takes away some of the fun and strategy of speculating on future call-ups who may not be called up before the All-Star break.

It also casts doubt on drafting injured players (Stephen Speilberg, Jacob DeGrom, etc.) who may not be active until after, or close to, the All-Star break.

Discouraging speculation on future call-ups or injured players is another BIG Cutline format turn-off.


The reason I came back to the NFBC this year was because the NFBC offered a Best Ball 12 Team format contest that would last the entire baseball season.

However, because there was no large grand prize offered for this contest that would have attracted a lot more people, I think that a lot of people who like the Best Ball format opted to go for the Cutline offering instead because of the large overall prize there.

Next year, if the NFBC adds a large grand prize to this Best Ball FULL-SEASON format, I think it would attract a lot more people who feel as I do about the Cutline format.

At least you wouldn't have to pay full price for a team(s) and then have to worry about being eliminated 1/2 way through the season at the All-Star break.

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Re: 1,610 Teams In The NFBC Best Ball Cutline Championship

Post by Greg Ambrosius » Tue May 10, 2022 7:55 am

Train, thanks for the feedback as we always appreciate all feedback on our contests.

When you run 7-8 national contests per sport with guaranteed prizes for each one, they all have to be different and unique. Oh, and you have to do your best to reach those guarantees for every contest or it's a financial mess. The Cutline format is definitely unique and it forced us to create a best ball scoring system and software for baseball, something nobody else in the industry had ever done before. Best ball is very common in football, but we were the first company to create a best ball format (with help from KJ Duke and Todd Zola) for baseball and I'm proud of this format.

And yes, we added private Best Ball 12 leagues for those owners who wanted to draft and be done for the full season and the numbers increased for that format. We don't have any plans to add a national championship at this point for a full season best ball contest, but we are glad that people enjoy that format and are winning good league prizes in that format.

As for speculating on why the Cutline sign-ups fell short this year, I can add one idea: THE 99-DAY MLB LOCKOUT DURING THE HEART OF THE CUTLINE DRAFTING SEASON!!!

I don't blame anyone for not drafting during this time, but once the lockout ended that gave folks 28 days to draft their remaining teams and the Cutline was about No. 4 on that list. People definitely spent their time drafting Main Event teams and Rotowire Online Championship teams and even Draft Champions teams. The Cutline missed out on a full drafting season and we realize that.

We had 1,960 Cutline teams in 2021 and 1,950 teams in 2020, so we aren't abandoning the Cutline format because we failed to make our goal in 2022. We'll keep the prize structure as is in 2023 and hope for a return to almost 2,000 teams.

And yes, I know you've commented before that you don't like the playoff format in the Cutline where half of the teams are eliminated at the All-Star break. I get it. It's not for everyone if you want Best Ball scoring for 27 MLB weeks. At the All-Star Break, your team just needs to be in the Top 5 of your league to keep advancing, but yes, this is a survivor-style format, so if it's not for you then I agree the Best Ball 12 format is the better option. You are right, it's possible that your team could have a good second half to win the league, but the All-Star break is like 15-16 weeks into the season and since it's best ball it's possible your team is what it is at the All-Star Break. Maybe not, but quite possibly.

It's not true that in the Cutline format that you just concentrate on First Half players. The goal is to win the $75,000 grand prize, so balancing a roster of veterans who will score every week early in the season mixed with prospects who could emerge later in the year is the key to winning. If you're not looking at the second half of the season when building your roster, then you're likely going for the league title and not the overall title. Just my two cents on that.

We believe in the Cutline format and we are offering Best Ball 12s for those who want to draft and be done as well. Two different formats. Two different prize formats. And if everyone leaves the Cutline format next year, then we'll re-assess our plans, but right now we are bullish on the Cutline and hope to have a record year in 2023 while offering a $75,000 grand prize again. And the Best Ball 12s will remain private leagues with only league prizes. Splitting up Best Ball overall prizes into smaller overalls doesn't make sense to us at this point, but time will tell if we're right or not.

Thanks for the feedback and good luck in all your leagues this year.
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Re: 1,610 Teams In The NFBC Best Ball Cutline Championship

Post by TRAIN » Wed May 11, 2022 6:14 am

Greg - The reason the Cutline is "popular" is because of 2 reasons:

1. It has Best Ball scoring

2. It has large overall prizes


If you had 2 competing contests such as the following:

CONTEST A:

1. Best Ball scoring
2. $75,000 grand prize
3. All teams compete for the full 162 game baseball season

CONTEST B:

1. Best Ball scoring
2. $75,000 grand prize
3. 50% of the teams are eliminated at the All-Star break.
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I guarantee you that the vast majority of people would choose CONTEST A.


As far as drafting prospects and injured players in the Cutline format goes, I believe the Cutline format does discourage drafting prospects and injured players.

The reason being is that you want as many ACTIVELY producing players as you can get to make it past the All-Star break. Otherwise, you have a greater chance of your team(s) being eliminated from the contest at the All-Star break.

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Re: 1,610 Teams In The NFBC Best Ball Cutline Championship

Post by Greg Ambrosius » Wed May 11, 2022 7:54 am

You and the vast majority of people could be right and I could be wrong. We will figure it out before our 20th season in 2023.
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Re: 1,610 Teams In The NFBC Best Ball Cutline Championship

Post by TRAIN » Tue Jun 21, 2022 6:47 am

The more that I think about the example of CONTEST "A" vs CONTEST "B", if given a choice, I don't know if ANYONE would choose CONTEST "B".

Although I think that the NFBC has a great Best Ball system in place, that Best Ball system is being wasted in the Cutline format and could be so much bigger if it was utilized differently.

To me, it is disrespectful of people's hard-earned money that they give to the NFBC (especially in these times) to eliminate people's teams halfway thru the baseball season after they paid full price for those teams before the season started.

I am sure that there are many people who want to play in a Best Ball type of contest, but when they look at the Cutline format of 50% of the teams being eliminated at the All-Star break, they either move on and don't sign up or, only buy 1 or 2 teams.

I know that, if the NFBC decided to eliminate 50% of the teams at the All-Star break if a team wasn't in the top half of the league in your Main Event, RotoWire Online Championship, or Draft Champions contests, the NFBC would be out of business very quickly.

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