The TV Tourney with Showbuzz Daily!

The TV Tourney is over, and one player rose above the rest: David O. He played all 10 questions and got 6 out of 10 of them 100% CORRECT! Whoa! He gave Showbuzz Daily a run for their money.

Are you happy with the upcoming fall TV lineup? We’re excited.

Stay tuned for the next tournament! See you in the future. 😉

[May 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM ET]
The expert predictions are in! Many of our Futurists agree with Showbuzz Daily about the number of new shows being picked up, the number of returning shows, and the number of comedies and dramas…but the similarities end there! Make your predictions before Saturday night, and see how you stack up! 😉 Good luck!

[May 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM ET]

Mitch Metcalf and Mitch Salem of Showbuzz Daily are back for another battle of prediction! From now until Saturday night, take them on by predicting this fall’s TV lineup. Don’t worry though, you won’t have to wait THAT long for results!

Next week, in what is known as the “Upfronts” in showbiz, all the major broadcasters will be releasing their fall 2017 schedules! Will your favorite show stay on the same night? How many brand spankin’ new shows will get picked up? We’ll find out next week!

But before that…predict! The Top Futurist will win a $50 gift card for TV Streaming, while #2-10 will win $20 for the same!

Lastly, for the first time ever, you can now discuss your predictions with fellow Futurists in our Facebook Messenger Room! Check it out here.

TV, Movies, Men, Women…all wrapped up together. Play PTF’s MTV Movie and TV Awards Tourney!

[May 8, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET]
That’s a wrap folks! As is tradition with the MTV Awards, it ended up being a crazy evening filled with LOTS of upsets! Highlights included:

Emma Watson winning the first ever gender-neutral Best Actor in a Movie award.
– Underdog Trevor Noah winning the Best Host award over Ellen Degeneres.
Jack and Randall unexpectedly taking the Best Tearjerker award from a dying Hodor.

For a more detailed recap of the award ceremony’s highs and lows, click here. Also, stay tuned for our upcoming TV Tourney with Showbuzz Daily! In any case, we’ll see you soon 🙂


The PTF Content Team

[May 7, 2017 at 21:00 PM ET]
Aaaaaaand we’re officially underway! With a couple of award-winners already announced, and several more to come, it looks like we’ve got an exciting night ahead of us! How have your predictions been so far? Accurate? We hope so!

[May 4, 2017 at 2 PM ET]
May the 4th be with you as you predict the upcoming MTV Movie & TV Awards! Or maybe you just need a little help from the experts! Both Jodi and Marc have weighed in. Which expert do you agree with? Neither? Both? Stay tuned for another update to see where the PTF Median goes!

[May 3, 2017 at 10 AM ET]
Cultural icon MTV just got even more icon-er.

For the 2017 edition of its renowned, “not your parents award show” MTV Movie Awards, the groundbreaking network breaks ground again by combining Movies and TV together, as well as women and men together in a slew of gender-neutral categories.

To commemorate this–and to feed our players’ incessant hunger for all things entertainment-related–PTF presents the MTV Movie and TV Awards Tournament–15 pop culture questions that will pop your brains as you try to pick winners amongst some of the greatest talents across showbiz today.

And you won’t be alone; you’ll be playing against two showbiz execs, deeply experienced beyond their young years, namely:

Entertainment Expert and Producer Jodi Lieberman
The former VH1 and Just For Laughs talent exec and co-founder of Comedy Gives Back now runs JLC Entertainment Group, a company that manages, develops, and produces with clients across all platforms, including TV, film and digital.

Talent Manager and Producer Marc Hamou
Now partner at Thruline Entertainment in L.A., Marc has a fine-tuned eye for talent honed over two decades of experience discovering and developing performers from the ground up. Current clients include Jay Baruchel (GOON), Emily VanCamp (Captain America) and Marc-Andre Grondin (CRAZY).

And you won’t be playing for nothing, either. Top point-getter takes home a $50 online shopping card, while the next nine each win a $20 card…ostensibly to buy movies and TV shows 😉


[May 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM ET]
It’s your LAST CHANCE to predict this month’s Summer Blockbusters! So grab some popcorn, munch, and ruminate! If you need a little direction, our resident box office expert, Van Du Tran, has made his predictions! Will you use his numbers as a guideline, or do you agree more with BoxOffice Pro? Maybe somewhere in-between?

Either way, today’s your last day to predict for a chance at a Movie Gift Card! Get to it!

[April 28, 2017 at 11:30 AM ET]





Who Will Rank #1 When PTF’s NFL Draft Tournament Ends?

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The NFL Draft is officially over! The football stars of tomorrow have all been picked!

In the end, it was Geoffrey D. that came out on top! He predicted his way past even the experts to win the tournament! Jonathan Adams from put up a good fight, and came in second in accuracy, but Geoffrey beat him by a slim margin. What are your secrets, Geoff?!

All of that being said, there were 3 surprising results!

1) Though Geoffrey and Jonathan predicted correctly that the position of this year’s Mr. Irrelevant would be “Other,” only 4.9% of all Futurists were right along with them! Most Futurists (57.3% of them) thought that he’d be a Running Back! That would have been the right answer…had the draft ended at the second-to-last pick!

2) Only 1 Futurist predicted 0 for the 40-yard dash time! Were they just lucky? The 5th pick of round 4 was Eddie Jackson, but since he was recovering from a broken leg, he didn’t run the 40-yard dash during the Scouting Combine!

3) This year’s NFL draft set a record for most defensive backs ever picked. Just over 20 percent of all drafted players were in defensive positions! To be fair, most people thought the number of defensive players picked would be high, but not quite THAT high!

Thanks to everyone who played the tournament, see you in the Future! 😉

[April 25, 2017 at 4:00 PM ET]
Here’s the updated PTF Player predictions! It looks like our Futurists are taking the experts’ advice!

[April 24, 2017 at 10:30 AM ET]
It’s the moment you have been waiting for: the expert predictions ARE IN! If you’re clueless about football, their expert insights should help. Be warned though, most of them disagree with each other. 😉 Who’s predictions will you base yours off of?

We also have some more help for you if you’re creating fantasy draft picks! Gary McKenzie, M.C.S. in Sports Data Science, has shared his first 10 draft picks with us.

Gary’s Picks:
1) Browns – Myles Garrett
2) 49ers – Solomon Thomas
3) Bears – Marshon Lattimore
4) Jaguars – OJ Howard
5) Titans – Reuben Foster
6) Jets – Mitch Trubisky
7) Chargers – Jamal Adams
8) Panthers – Leonard Fournette
9) Bengals – Derek Barnett
10) Bills – Corey Davis

Agree/disagree? Let us know!

[April 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM ET]
Welcome to “Forecast the NFL Draft,” Play The Future’s tournament about top picks and rankings that will result in top pickers and rankings.

Ten future-oriented questions about the future orientation of the NFL, everything from how many trades in the first round to the position played by the draft’s unenviable Mr. Irrelevant. Our #1 finisher gets a $50 Sports Gift Card, with #2-10 getting $25. #11 gets a “better luck next time” 😉

You don’t have to be a football fan to “Forecast the NFL Draft,” but it sure helps, as we’ve assembled five experts guaranteed to strike fear into the smartest and swiftest player lining up against them. In addition to PTF players everywhere, you’re also taking on:

Jonathan Adams,’s sports heavyweight, a graduate of UCF with a masters in Sports Business Management and a long career in multiple positions throughout the sports world.

Mike Fanning, sports analytics specialist and adjunct lecturer in Georgetown University’s Sports Industry Management graduate program, his alma mater where he–of course–played football.

Gary McKenzie, who earned a master’s degree in computer science with his thesis “Data Analytics in Sports: Improving the Accuracy of NFL Draft Selection Using Supervised Learning.” Yikes!

Aaron Schatz, Compared to baseball analytics pioneer Bill James by the New York Times Magazine, he’s the creator of Football Outsiders and most of its advanced metrics for analyzing the NFL. Also a contributing writer to and ESPN The Magazine.

Michael Band, the Director of Analytics for, and a former NFL Scout with the Minnesota Vikings from 2011-2012.

Forecast the NFL Draft. Now until April 26th. Only on Play The Future…and in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Movie Event: #F8 with Showbuzz Daily

The Fate of the Furious got Futurists revved up! The movie broke Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ global box office record and became the biggest opening weekend worldwide. That wasn’t reflected in the domestic numbers, however, as it fell just short of $100M in the US and Canada. Showbuzz Daily predicted that it would make at least $130M domestically, and many of our Futurists agreed with them!

Futurist Paul G. subverted the norm and predicted $98,756,705 – that’s only $30,297 off from the actual result! He had the most accurate prediction BY FAR! When asked about his methodology, here’s what he had to say:
“My prediction was fairly simple. I looked at the hint provided for free, thought people loved this movie franchise, and made a guess. My first two numbers I thought that it would be probably not $100M but up there. The last 6….well random. I’ll keep playing the future. Fun to be #1!”

Conversely, Showbuzz Daily made their prediction based on a variety of factors including industry insider forecasts and past performance of similar movies, with each factor weighted by past reliability. Mitch Metcalf and Mitch Salem really have the box office down to a science, but sometimes the future really can be unpredictable!

Congrats to all our winners and we’ll you in the Future for our next Tournament! It might be sooner than you think! 😉

[April 14, 2017 at 12:30 PM ET]
Today’s the last day to get your predictions in! The initial wave of movie reviews are out and while critics aren’t too impressed, audiences seem to like it! How do you think that’ll impact box office revenue?

[April 13, 2017 at 12:30 PM ET]
Our Futurists have begun to diverge from the experts as predictions continue to pour in! Wonder who’ll be on the right side of history?

[April 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM ET]
The first PTF predictions are in! It looks like our players agree with the experts so far! 😉

[April 11, 2017 at 10:30 AM ET]
It’s Fast, and trust us, it’ll get Furious.

The Movie Event: F8 with Showbuzz Daily.

It’s Play The Future’s latest prediction tournament, but this time with a nitro boost of expert competition, as players take on the tenacious tandem of Mitch Metcalf and Mitch Salem of Showbuzz Daily.

From April 11-14, make 10 predictions about The Fate of The Furious, the 8th installment of Universal’s biggest film franchise, and you can win movie gift cards.

Questions run the gamut of box office totals, comparisons, audience ratings, critical reaction, and even Dominic Torreto’s Dodge Charger.

You predict the answers…and find out YOUR Fate!

Cha-Ching! Tournament

[April 11, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET]
IT’S ALL OVER! The results have been tallied, counted and scored. Thanks to everyone who took the time to crunch the numbers in the hopes of earning a check!

Our Tax Expert, Leon Krantzberg was bested by PTF player, Andrew R. We don’t know how Andrew did it, but he managed to get 3 out of the 10 questions 100% spot-on! Whoa, talk about predictive brain power! Hey Andrew, if you’re reading this, let us in on your secret, will you? 😉

If you didn’t manage to make it into the Top 10 for this tournament, don’t worry, because there’s another one in the app RIGHT NOW. We’ve partnered with Showbuzz Daily to bring you 10 predictions about the Fate of the Furious’ opening weekend. Predict accurately and you could win $$$ for movie tickets! Woo!

[April 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET]
The first results are in and there’s still many to go! One thing’s for sure though, the PTF Community beat the expert for the udemy question! Sorry, Leon!

[April 9, 2017 at 11:30 AM ET]
It’s the FINAL DAY to get your predictions in! All the results will be rolling in tomorrow. Good luck! 😉

[April 6, 2017 at 5:00 PM ET]
Here are the updated PTF Community predictions! Will we give Leon a…run for his money? 😉

[April 5, 2017 at 12:30 PM ET]
Cha-ching, cha-ching! People love that money sound so much that we’ve named this tournament after it! The winners will hear it when they’re cashing in their checks. 😉

The Cha-Ching Tournament serves as a reminder that the deadlines for both Canadian and US taxes are this month (so get ’em done!), but because it’s such a chore, we want you to have a little fun too…by predicting! The #1 Futurist will win a $50 check, while 2nd-10th place will win 20 bucks each!

You’ll be playing against an expert: Leon Krantzberg, Certified Tax Accountant.

A professional and savvy strategist, Leon has over 30 years of experience! He’s a trusted advisor to an extensive clientele list of medium-sized companies operating in the manufacturing, distribution, real estate, high-tech, garment, internet and investment fund sectors. He also provides full service tax and financial advice to high net-worth individuals.

With such an extensive resume, you’re gonna have to crunch some numbers in order to beat him!

March Madness: Predict the Final Four!

They’re Number 2! Dr. Tim Chartier and Team miss PTF top spot by a hair.

Hey Dr. Tim Chartier and team…there’s always next year.

After suffering a crushing defeat in 2016’s March Madness final, the North Carolina Tar Heels roared back this year to outlast the Gonzaga Bulldogs 71-65 and take home this year’s NCAA basketball championship.

In the process, Play The Future’s expert partner, the much-heralded sports analytics professor, came up ever-so-short in our March Madness Prediction Tournament, finishing second overall in the all-important accuracy score.

Taking top spot, a mere five points ahead of Dr. Chartier, was Angela O., an administrative assistant from Canada, of all places! (A Canadian being the most accurate Final Four predictor? That’s like an American predicting the exact day when the ice finally thaws in the Northwest Territories!)

The two were just about neck-and-neck, but Angela’s 132 combined total points prediction were two closer to the actual 136 than Dr. Chartier’s 130. Ahh, prediction…truly a game of inches 😉

Despite the Tar Heels being slight favorites to the Las Vegas oddsmakers, PTF players–including Dr. Chartier and Angela–seemed to go with the sentimental choice, as 41.7% chose Gonzaga to win (vs. 28.6% North Carolina, 16.2% South Carolina and 13.4% Oregon). Maybe it was the canine mascot…

Well, like the Gonzaga Bull Dog, perhaps Dr. Chartier and company are licking their wounds, and setting up for a big comeback in PTF’s 2018 March Madness Prediction event.

Better still, maybe they’re getting ready for our Cha-Ching! Tax Season Tournament, starting on April 5th!

[April 1, 2017 at 11:30 AM ET]
Woah! The final numbers are in, and this may be the most similar our Futurist predictions and expert predictions have ever been! There’s still some variation though…guess we’ll find out who the champs are soon enough 😉
The first result of the tournament will be coming in today at around 13:00 ET, so keep your eyes peeled!

[March 31, 2017 at 10:30 PM ET]
It looks like some PTF Futurists took the experts’ advice when making their predictions. 😉 Today is the FINAL DAY to make them so if you haven’t yet, what are you waiting for?! Good luck!

[March 30, 2017 at 11:00 PM ET]
The expert predictions are in! Tim Chartier’s team and Ed Feng deliberated, crunched the numbers, and finally decided upon their predictions. They vary, and only time will tell who will be the most accurate. 😉 Good luck all! Will you be watching the games this weekend?

[March 29, 2017 at 1:30 PM ET]
Here’s the updated medians from the PTF Community! Only time will tell if the experts agree or disagree. Come back tomorrow for their take! 😉

[March 28, 2017 at 3:30 PM ET]
The first predictions are in! Basketball fans jumped at the chance to predict. 😉 Stay tuned for the experts’ predictions coming soon!

[March 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM ET]
March Madness all comes down to this weekend! The Final Four teams will face each other in 2 semifinal games on Saturday, and the final game will be played on Monday. For the rest of the week, predict what will happen!

We’ll have a Final Four too. 😉 The top 4 Futurists will win $25 for Basketball Merch, and numbers 5 through 10 will win $20!

You’ll have some serious competition. Dr. Tim Chartier’s Research Team is back for more B-ball predictions! They’re joined by Ed Feng, renowned data scientist. Think you can beat ’em?

Dr. Tim Chartier is the Vice President of the Mathematical Association of America and a professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College. He specializes in sports analytics, and has worked with the NBA, NFL, ESPN’s Sport Science program, and NASCAR. He’s also been a valued resource for Bloomberg TV, NPR, the CBS Evening News, USA Today and the New York Times! He’ll be crunching the numbers along with his research team to hopefully make the most accurate predictions possible!

Ed Feng is a Stanford Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, data scientist and writer. He’s the founder of the wildly popular site,, and his writing has appeared in Sports Illustrated and Bleacher Report. He believes in better predictions though analytics, and that the numbers will always help you win!

Les lundis à un million de PTF : Trop beaux pour être vrais… mais vrais. Vraiment!

On dit souvent que si c’est trop beau pour être vrai, c’est probablement le cas.

Que si c’est trop merveilleux et bondé de licornes, c’est sûrement une attrape.

Ce qui nous amène à vous parler des Lundis à un million de Play The Future.

Le concept est simple : faire cinq prédictions parfaites sur sept pour gagner 1 000 000 $.

Tout simplement merveilleux.

Absolument PAS une attrape.

Et complètement réel par-dessus la marché!

C’est vrai, ce n’est pas facile (mais qu’est-ce qui l’est pour un million de dollars)? Par contre, depuis 21 semaines, vous devenez meilleurs et vous vous rapprochez du gros lot!

Plus de la moitié du temps (11 semaines exactement), 4 des 7 questions hebdomadaires ont obtenu des résultats de 100 %. Quatre sur sept une semaine sur deux! C’est tellement proche que ça goûte presque la victoire! Ne vous reste plus qu’à faire cinq prédictions parfaites des Lundis à un million et voilà! Vous joignez les rangs des millionnaires!

Alors on le répète : continuez à essayer! Prenez votre temps, étudiez les questions et vous verrez que les Lundis à un million valent bien l’effort.

Quand vous gagnerez le million, vous serez la preuve vivante que dans PTF, les bonnes choses existent!

En attendant, pour toute question, tout commentaire ou tout doute en lien avec les Lundis à un million, écrivez-nous à

On se voit lundi!

PTF’s Million Dollar Mondays: Too Good To Be True…But True. Really!

There’s an old expression that goes: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Put bluntly, it means that if anything appears to be uniformly and unicorn-ally wonderful…it’s probably a scam.

Which brings us to Play The Future’s weekly Million Dollar Mondays (MDM) challenge.

Simple concept: Predict five out of seven questions perfectly and you win $1,000,000.

Most definitely wonderful.

Most definitely NOT a scam.

And most importantly…most definitely true!

Also true is the fact that it’s not easy (hey, for a million bucks, what is?). But after 21 weeks, you guys are getting better, and getting closer!

More than half the time (11 weeks, to be exact), 4 of the 7 weekly questions sees results of 100% accuracy. Four out of seven every second week! That’s soooooo tantalizingly close! You can almost taste the jackpot! All that one of you has to do is lock down five MDM answers and voila!–you join the ranks of the millionaires!

So we reiterate–keep trying! Take your time, do a bit of homework and you’ll see that Million Dollar Mondays is worth that little extra effort.

And when one of you finally hits the big five, you can be our spokesperson for all things good…and true!

Until then, if you have any MDM questions, any MDM comments, or even any MDM doubt, reach out to us as

See you Monday!

PTF’s Going to the Dogs: The Puppy Prediction Tournament

[March 28, 2017 at 5:30 PM ET]
Woof! It’s all over! You pondered, calculated and predicted. Everyone gets 4 paws up, but our winners get a bit more. Enjoy your $25 gift card, dog lovers!

We also wanted to call out Andy’s dog Rawqui for being 100% accurate in his prediction about dog breeds trending on Google. 😉 22.3% of the PTF Community was correct along with him! If you haven’t seen the video of Rawqui predicting yet, watch on our Facebook page!

[March 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM ET]
The first result is up, but it’s still anyone’s game! Good luck! 😉 Results will be rolling in all day!

[March 26, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET]
It’s the final day for predictions! Make your furry friend a happy one by winning a gift card for him! Stay tuned tomorrow as all the results roll in! 🙂

[March 24, 2017 at 3:30 PM ET]
It looks like PTF Players are putting a lot of thought into their predictions! There’s still the weekend to go, so anything can happen! We hope you’re having a tail-waggingly good time! 😉

[March 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM ET]
It’s National Puppy Day!!! Meet PTF CEO Andy Nulman’s fur babies, Rawqui and Shaydee.

This morning on Facebook Live, they predicted the question about the highest trending dog breed on Google! Do you agree with their picks? Either way, they were more than happy to munch on some treats. 😉 Check out the video here.

[March 22, 2017 at 4:30 PM ET]
The first predictions are in! Stay tuned tomorrow for a special Facebook Live video featuring some furry friends! Like us on Facebook here.

[March 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM ET]
Today’s a pawsome day because it marks the first day of the Puppy Prediction Tournament. We’re starting one day before National Puppy Day because we’re just that excited! Woof!

Predict 10 doggy-themed questions from today until Sunday and the Top 10 dog-lovers will win a $25 gift card for pet supplies and toys! Your furry best friend will thank you. 😉

Check back later when the first predictions from the PTF community are up!