A 256-team tournament can in theory be run with the following considerations (as in, the math works out, but I haven't checked an entire card system):
-Each team plays 10 games in 16 rounds.
-The number of prelim rooms remains the same as 2012.
-Somewhere between 95 and 98 teams make the playoffs. Of those, 43 to 45 start in the winner's bracket.
-The number of playoff rounds remains the same as 2012.
-4 teams play exactly 1 game against a team that may not have the same record; 16 play 2 such games.
-In only 2 games could a team be eliminated from playoff contention by losing to a team with a stronger record (Round 15: 5-3 vs. 4-4; Round 16: loser of Round 14 6-2 vs. 5-3 game vs. winner of aforementioned game).
-In only 3 games could a team be eliminated from playoff contention by losing to a team already eliminated from the playoffs (Round 15: 4-4 vs. 3-5; Round 16: 5-4 vs. winner of aforementioned game; Round 16: loser of Round 15 5-3 vs. 4-4 vs. 4-5).
-In only 2 games (all of which already mentioned above) can a team be guaranteed to make the playoffs by defeating a team with a lower record.
-In only 1 game (Round 16: 7-2 or 6-3 vs. 7-2 or 6-3) can a team lose a starting place in the winner's bracket by losing to a team with a better record. Similarly, in only 1 game (2 6-3 or 5-4 teams playing, already mentioned above) can a team gain a starting place in the winner's bracket by defeating a team with a worse record.
-Thus, a maximum of 8 teams could possibly be affected, in terms of whether or not they make the playoffs and whether they start in the winner's or loser's bracket (10 teams in total are affected by these games, but 1 starts at 7-1 guaranteed winner's bracket and 1 starts at 3-5 guaranteed to miss playoffs), by having to play games involving teams with unequal records.
I'm not sure how many unequal matches there were in 2012 but I'm guessing that there were more than 20 and that more than 8 teams were in the "possibly affected" zone.
Essentially, the tradeoff is:
-1 additional packet
-No additional staffers (possibly a small number more staffers depending on how many teams send staffers and how many control rooms end up being needed)
-Potentially some amount of logistical hassle making sure bidding hotels have enough room for the extra teams
For 16 extra teams.
From a monetary standpoint, NAQT makes somewhere around $7500 more. From a participation standpoint, that's 16 more teams that get to play. If NAQT can find another 48 questions out there, expanding to 256 teams basically a win-win for everyone.
Last edited by cvdwightw
on Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:27 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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