Three Way Tie-breakers for Wild Card Standings

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There has been some talk about the tie-break procedures for the wild cards and this thread will cover that. We have also overlooked how the table determines 3-way ties (for the wild card only) because it is incorrect and doesn't provide a fair outcome so this thread will explain how we will tackle this situation for MKU Season 10. The tables and the rules will be adjusted to include this for future seasons but this will still be in effect for MKU Season 10 to provide the fairest solution for playoffs.


CONFERENCE TIE-BREAKER RULE

d. In the case of a tie between two or more teams within a conference, there will be a set of checks to determine the higher placing team (Tiebreakers):
1. W-D-L Record
2. Most amount of wins vs tied opponents
3. Conference Record
4. +/- between tied opponents
5. Overall +/-



WILDCARD TIE-BREAKER RULES

A two-way tie in the wild card will follow these exact tie-breaker methods (just excluding conference record):

1. W-D-L Record
2. Most amount of wins vs tied opponents
3. +/- between tied opponents
4. Overall +/-


However, when the tie-breaker becomes 3 or more teams it will be different. In these situations, the tie-breaker order will be:

1. W-D-L Record
2. Head2head series wins between the 3+ tied teams
3. Average +/- in head2head series
4. Overall +/-


The two examples below will explain why this is very important to keep the league as fair as possible.


EXAMPLE ONE

Team A beats Team B twice (+50 and +30)
Team B beats Team C (+10)
Team C Beats Team A (+60)

In this example, you can tell Team A and B share a conference, and Team C is in the other conference. If we go by Head2head Series, all teams are still tied 1-1 since:

Team A beat Team B head2head during the season.
Team B beat Team C head2head during the season.
Team C beat Team A head2head during the season.

This would bring it to tie-breaker 3 which is the average +/- between each series.

Team A (+40 average over team B, -60 on team C) = -20
Team B (-40 average over team A, +10 on team C) = -30
Team C (+60 over team A, -10 on team B) = 50

In this situation, Team C would be at the top, Team A would be 2nd, and Team B would last.

However, how the table is currently programmed Team A would is placed about Team C because it accounts for every individual game. The table will show Team A's tie-breaker (TB) column as "2" instead of 1 since it's counting both wins against Team B instead of just winning the series. This is an issue because Team A and Team B have one more game against one another than Team C due to them being in a different conference so the team in the other conference as the other two is at an extreme disadvantage with how the table is currently coded due to having fewer games to get the tie-breaker (TB) column up.


EXAMPLE TWO

Example:
Team A beats Team B by 50 first time, Team B beats Team A by 30 the second time.
Team B beats Team C (+10)
Team C Beats Team A (+20)

We would still get the "1-1" series head2head between everyone since Team A's win over Team B was larger than Team B's win over Team A. This gives us the same result as the one above leading all teams to be "1-1" in the head2head series

Team A beat Team B head2head during the season.
Team B beat Team C head2head during the season.
Team C beat Team A head2head during the season.

The third tie-breaker should be like this:

Team A (+20 average over Team B, -20 on Team C) = 0
Team B (-20 average over team A, +10 on team C) = -10
Team C (+20 over team A, -10 on team B) = 10

How it should be is Team C is first, Team A second, and Team B in last.

With how the current table is programmed, Team B would first (2-1), Team C in 2nd (1-1) and Team A in last (1-2). This is by counting every individual game again for the tie-breaker (TB) column rather than the season series as one unit between each team.



TO CONCLUDE

Effective immediately we will be using the tie-breaker procedures in this thread to determine playoff seedings to ensure the season is the fairest it can possibly be. There is a chance this situation will never even come up this season, it's a rare scenario in general. We don't want to hold this tie-breaker procedure off until next season just because we won't be able to get the tables working in time as that could result in a team not making the playoffs simply because they didn't share the conference with the other two teams they were tied with and that is completely unfair.
 
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