Just weeks after Warren Buffett offered $1 billion to any fan who could craft a perfect March Madness bracket, the St. Louis Rams are holding a similar contest of their own. The franchise will offer $100,000 to anyone who can correctly predict their entire 2014 schedule.
Dubbed the “Guess Our Games” challenge, the contest will require participants to correctly forecast every aspect of the Rams’ schedule, ESPN reported. In other words, a $100,000 winner would have to predict all 16 regular season opponents, the location and exact date of every single game, and the team’s bye week.
“In anticipation of the Rams 2014 regular season schedule release, we are excited to offer fans the unique opportunity to win $100,000,” Rams Vice President of Marketing Brian Killingsworth said in a press release. “We challenge our fans to accurately predict all 17 weeks of the team’s regular season schedule and win the cash prize.”
Even if multiple individuals manage to predict the team’s entire schedule, the Rams will only award the $100,000 prize to one person, according to StLouisRams.com. In the event of a tie, a winner would be determined with a trivia contest. Fans must be at least 18 years old to enter, with a limit of one entry per person.
Data on the odds of predicting the entire Rams schedule was not immediately available. However, ESPN noted that fans will have a better chance of winning this contest than they did of winning Buffett’s “Billion Dollar Bracket” challenge.
In March, Buffett, a multibillionaire, teamed up with Quicken Loans to offer the massive cash prize to any person who correctly predicted the outcome of every single NCAA tournament game. The odds were firmly stacked against contestants; USA Today said that if every single person on Earth filled out 100 brackets, it could still take as long as 13 million years for a perfect bracket to appear.
The Rams aren't the only NFL team to offer a contest based on the release of its 2014 schedule. The Buffalo Bills offered season tickets for life to any fan who could guess the team’s entire schedule. If no one achieved that feat, the team will give 2014 season tickets to the person with the most accurate schedule, ESPN reported.
NFL officials are expected to announce each team’s 2014 schedule at some point next week. The deadline to enter the Rams’ “Guess Our Games” challenge is April 21 at 5:59 p.m., EDT.