SPAPP 16/17: What’s New?

The cost of SPAPP is going up, but what do I get extra?

  • Entry fee increases to £15
  • 22% increase in Total Prize Fund
  • Online game play
  • Enter your predictions 24/7
  • No more waiting emailed match list

 

Entry Fee up to £15

The entry fee for SPAPP has been £12 for the last two years. During those seasons we’ve struggled along with emails flying backwards & forwards, prediction disagreements and (at times) admin cock-ups! It’s about time things changed…

With this is mind, the 2016/17 SPAPP season will be the first run entirely online. Which is both exciting and not free! A vast majority of the additional cost will be returned in the Prize Fund, but essentially the rest will be used to fund the various bits and pieces needed to run the website.

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So What’s New… Increase in Prize Fund

The Prize Fund for a twenty player game would increase by 22%, meaning an increase of £50, to £270. The game winner in this scenario would receive £81, compared to the £66 currently.

…Online Game Play

With your SPAGames login, you’ll be able to enter or amend your predictions on any device, anywhere in the world, 24/7, right up until 15 minutes before the scheduled kick-off time of any match – as long as you have an internet connection, obviously!

The 2016/17 version of SPAPP will be run entirely on this website, with the ability to enter predictions for all 190 matches right at the start if you really feel the need! There’ll also be additional features that can’t be done with the Excel/email format we’ve been using until now.

…Unlimited Players

Another benefit of the new online version is unlimited players. We’ve always been limited to just 20 players per game, due to restrictions in my time and the set-up of the admin workbook in Excel. With our new online version there is no limit to entries and because it’s fully automated, there would be very little impact on admin time as well.

…Money for Improvements

Currently £1 of each entry (8.34%) is retained to administer the game. As well as increasing the entry fee by just £3, I would also increase the admin element to 10% – so £1.50 of each £15. This will allow me to build a little money to help towards the cost of the website.

While it’s not a large outlay, it would be good if the site were to become self-sufficient at some point in the future, and a slight increase in retained revenue is a step in that direction.

Thanks

Thanks for reading this far and I genuinely hope you’ll stick around and continue to play our game. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the evolution of the site and our games as much as I will.

Regards
Simon

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