Archive for June, 2008

Cancellation of Contests

Friday, June 27th, 2008 by Jon

I am disappointed to announce that with our sponsor, cfldb.ca, I have decided to cancel the 2008 CFL Pick ’em contest. All private contests have also been cancelled.

Entries received as of today for the public Pick ’em contest are short of the required 20 entries as specified in section 4, point 6 of the rules. All entries and new accounts will be deleted today.

After much deliberation and consideration of the options and a sleepless night, I have decided it is best to take this year off, regroup and prepare for next season. Due to other commitments, the preparation and launch of the contest was left later than desired, but I still tried to push through all the work necessary in a couple weeks. This resulted in the contest not receiving the exposure it should have, with only a quarter of the regulars signing up, and the contest not being fully ready for the new season.

The lack of participants was only a minor factor in the decision. Last night, after reviewing the entry count, I considered continuing on with the contest with perhaps an adjusted prize list. However, after getting into some of the contest setup remaining for automation of emails and updates, I realized I had forgot some major work that needed to be done. With an already busy schedule at work and lots of overtime the past six months, I wasn’t looking forward to putting time in to patch the system to the point it would work. Instead, I decided I should take a period off, get some things off my plate, then focus on getting the system ready for next year. Without any contests taking up my time, this will be the best option for me to get the code quality to where I want it to be.

So basically I jumped the gun here, pushing forward because I did not want another year to go by. My busy work schedule left me unaware of just exactly what tasks I had remaining for this year. I feel the final outcome will be better by taking a break and getting the code completed rather than in a good-enough state.

I hope everyone will understand this position. I would like to thank all participants that signed up and cfldb.ca for their sponsorship. Check back next year for what contests we have available.

One Day to CFL Season, Pick ’em Start

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 by Jon

I am really excited about the upcoming CFL season. I am trying my first public CFL contest, sponsored by cfldb.ca, the 2008 CFL Pick ’em Challenge. In a nutshell, predict the scores of each CFL game every week and earn fantasy points based on your prediction accuracy. The season launches tomorrow with a double-header on TSN. Late entries will receive the default score, 21-0 for the home team, for games missed so you still have a chance if you found out about the contest late. Sign up now for the most fun!

There have been a lot of account creations, but not as many entering the contest. I will outline the procedure in case it is not clear. First, you must create an account, which requires a valid email address (I do need to contact you if you win!). I hate spam too, so don’t worry, your email address will not be sold. After creating an account and signing in with the password emailed to you (check your spam filters), enter the contest by entering a team name, selecting the Pick ’em Challenge contest and accepting the terms and conditions in the sidebar Contest Signup section. After you have entered the contest, a link to your entry home page will appear in the sidebar. Follow the link to see the contest status and make your picks. Not as easy as it could be; I will work on improving the flow in the future. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment here.

Announcing the cfldb.ca 2008 CFL Pick ’em Challenge

Thursday, June 19th, 2008 by Jon

Overtime Central is pleased to announce, together with our sponsor cfldb.ca, our latest CFL contest. The cfldb.ca 2008 CFL Pick ’em Challenge will test any CFL fans’ prognostication skills in predicting the score of all 72 regular season CFL games to earn fantasy points and win prizes. Best of all, it is free.

Our initial free contest open to the public, cfldb.ca has graciously stepped forward to provide $150 in prizes for this contest. First place will receive a 2GB iPod Shuffle, second place a $50 Sony Store Gift Card and third place a $25 Ciniplex Gift Card. Call this our first toe in the water. The success of this contest will determine the free contests we hold in the future and the quality of the prizes.

The season starts June 26, so check out the rules, get entered today, then tell your friends. This is a public contest, so feel free to post and link to Overtime Central. In 2008, “This is Our League” is the CFL‘s new motto, so show off your CFL pride by entering our contest. You just may win a prize while you are having a good time.

We’re Back!

Saturday, June 14th, 2008 by Jon

Ready for another exciting CFL season, Overtime Central is back after a little hiatus through the hockey playoffs. The first week of the CFL season is completed already and the regular season gets underway in less than two weeks on June 26 with two games. Overtime Central is ready to launch a full slate of contests soon, with some interesting new developments this year. I have also finished a round of improvements on the site, improving response time by a factor ranging from 2 to 10 times for every page. I hope this will provide a better experience for you during your visits to the site.

Check back for the announcement of the full slate of Overtime Central 2008 CFL contests in the next week. There are some great prizes this year and I believe this will be Overtime Central’s best year yet. As always, if you have feedback, suggestions or something to get off your chest, leave a comment or use the contact address.

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