Authors

Matthew Orsi

Document Type

Dissertation

Keywords

Sports; Playoffs; Probability

Publisher

Bryant University

Rights Management

All rights retained by Matthew Orsi and Bryant University

Abstract

The purpose of this Senior Capstone project is to analyze the distinctions between existing playoff systems. In particular, we are looking to analyze the differences between the standard single-elimination tournament (which the NCAA has used since the inception of the tournament) and other potential options: double-elimination and multiple game series. Popular sports such as Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association all use multiple game series for their playoffs. This project will use probability theory and simulation to determine the likelihood of different seeds winning a championship as well as the expected number of victories by seed in each tournament format. In addition, a comparison of playoff earnings versus general team expenditures are examined for three playoff structures.

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