Two “Sure Bet” Emmy Predictions


They say that there is no such thing as a “sure bet.” We at Play The Future disagree. Here are two “can’t miss” forecasts for our Second Annual Emmy Awards Prediction Tournament.

1) Game of Thrones will NOT win Best Drama Series
2) You will show up in droves for our Emmy Tournament

Here’s how we know.

1) It isn’t even nominated. Yes, 23 nominations last year and zero this year.That’s what happens when your new season’s premiere takes place AFTER the eligibility deadline.
2) Last year’s Emmy Awards Tournament was one of our best nights ever, setting records for players and predictions made.

Well, that was easy. But the rest gets harder.The tourney features 15 antenna-raising predictions ranging from the basic (“How many Emmys will 22-time nominated Westworld win?”) to the sublime (“How many times will the audience laugh when Kumail Nanjiani is on stage presenting an award?”).

And it’s worth it. The Top 3 Futurists* will win a TV Season Box Set!

PTF’s Emmys Tournament. Start predicting as of Wednesday, Sept. 13 and watch results happen live as we play along with the show Sunday, Sept. 17.

We know you’ll be there!

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*Subject to contest rules.

SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS VOL. III: AUGUST’S MUST-SEES!

[July 24, 2017 at 10:30 AM ET]
WE’RE DOING IT AGAIN AND WE’RE AS EXCITED AS EVER! (CAPS LOCK MEANS EXCITEMENT, RIGHT?)

SUMMER ISN’T OVER YET! THERE’S STILL PLENTY OF EXCITEMENT AT THE BOX OFFICE IN AUGUST! THE TOP PLAYER WILL WIN $25 FOR MOVIE TICKETS, WHILE 2ND-10TH PLACE WILL WIN $10 FOR THE SAME!

DISCUSS WITH OTHER FUTURISTS IN OUR FACEBOOK MESSENGER ROOM HERE!

THAT’S NOT ALL: OUR OWN IN-HOUSE PLAY THE FUTURE EXPERT, VAN DU TRAN, IS BACK FOR MORE! HE SMASHED BOXOFFICE PRO’S PREDICTIONS LAST TIME, AND ONLY TIME WILL TELL IF HE’LL BE ABLE TO DO IT AGAIN!

THE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS VOL. III TOURNAMENT. ENDS FRIDAY, JULY 28TH AT 3:59 AM ET.

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Winter isn’t Coming…IT’S ALREADY HERE! PTF’s Game of Thrones Tournament

After a long wait, Game of Thrones season 7 finally premieres this Sunday! As any avid fan of the show can attest, when you play the game of thrones, you learn to expect the unexpected…which is why the show makes a great Play The Future tournament! 😉

Can you predict the season premiere’s twists and turns? Find out by playing 10 ruthless questions about the fate of Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen. Though you won’t be playing to sit the Iron Throne yourself, you’ll still earn plenty of bragging rights when you take the top spot on the leaderboard!

And finally, if you’re watching the episode on Sunday, let us know on Twitter; we’ll be watching too! (It’ll be mostly spoiler-free, we promise!)

Good luck! You have until 21:00 ET on Sunday to predict!

SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS VOL. II IS HERE!

[FINAL]
Shoutout to tournament winner Matthew K., who ended with an accuracy rating of 94.4% on his predictions! He managed to best our resident Box Office Expert Van Du Tran, who had a very respectable 88.7%. Check out the tournament leaderboard to find your own accuracy score (and let us know how you did in the comments below)!

Wanna get in on the fun? Head to the PTF app: our Summer Blockbusters Tournament Vol. III is live now!

[June 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET]
PTF Box Office Expert Van Du Tran has finally submitted his predictions! Looks like he’s expecting a less-than-stellar return on Baby Driver, and strong openings from “War for the Planet of the Apes” and the upcoming Transformers sequel! What do you think?

[June 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET]
PTF Box Office Expert Van Du Tran has finally submitted his predictions! Looks like he’s expecting a less-than-stellar return on Baby Driver, and strong openings from “War for the Planet of the Apes” and the upcoming Transformers sequel! What do you think?

Discuss with other Futurists in our Facebook Messenger Room HERE!

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[June 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM ET]
THAT’S RIGHT! THE SECOND EDITION OF OUR SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS TOURNAMENT IS HERE AND WE’RE STILL SO EXCITED, THAT WE HAVE TO SHOUT IT IN ALL CAPS!

THIS TIME AROUND, WE’RE ASKING ABOUT THE MOVIES COMING OUT IN THE REST OF JUNE, AS WELL AS THE MAJORITY OF JULY! THERE’S PLENTY OF SILVER SCREEN ACTION! THE TOP PLAYER WILL WIN $50 FOR MOVIE TICKETS, AND FUTURISTS WHO PLACE IN 2ND-10TH PLACE WILL WIN $25 FOR THE SAME!

DISCUSS WITH OTHER FUTURISTS IN OUR FACEBOOK MESSENGER ROOM HERE!

THAT’S NOT ALL: OUR OWN IN-HOUSE PLAY THE FUTURE EXPERT, VAN DU TRAN, IS BACK FOR MORE! HE SMASHED BOXOFFICE PRO’S PREDICTIONS LAST TIME, AND ONLY TIME WILL TELL IF HE’LL BE ABLE TO DO IT AGAIN!

THE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS VOL. II TOURNAMENT. ENDS SUNDAY, JUNE 18.

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Why just read about predictions when you can make one…and see how you did when you get the result!

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Predict The Tony Awards!

[June 12th, 2017 at 14:00 PM ET]
Aaaaand there you have it! The final results from the tournament are in, and it looks like it was an overall 8-8 tie between our Futurists and expert Ben Zauzmer in regards to prediction accuracy. However, Futurists had the slight edge in regards to predicting award winners, accurately predicting 6 to Ben’s 5! 😉

You can find a full recap of the night’s events here.

Ciao for now, and stay tuned for the next PTF Tourney!

[June 11th, 2017 at 20:30 PM ET]
The final results are in, and the big show is underway! With one result already up (Kevin Spacey’s opening number lasted a whopping 11:09!) it’s shaping up to be an exciting night for all!

Join our Facebook Messenger Room to discuss the results with other Futurists as they come in, here. 🙂

[June 8th, 2017 at 11:00 AM ET]
Help is here: Ben Zauzmer has made his predictions!

If you’d like to learn more about his method of predicting, PTF will be chatting with him LIVE at 12:30 ET today! You’ll be able to find the video on our Facebook page and Twitter.

See you then! 😉

[June 7th, 2017 at 10:00 AM ET]

The Tony Awards recognize excellence in Broadway theater, and they will be televised LIVE this Sunday! As for us, we celebrate excellence in predicting, which is why we’ve made the Tony Awards a tournament!

It’s showtime! Predict the glitz, glam, and high-kicking musical numbers for a chance at winning a gift card for theater tickets! The Top Futurist will win a $50 gift card, and #2-10 will each win a $25 gift card.

If you’re a little unsure about what to predict, don’t worry! There’s two ways you can get help:

1) Join our Facebook Messenger Room to chat with other Futurists about your predictions. We’ll be live-chatting all throughout the ceremony on Sunday night! 🙂 Join here.

2) Ben Zauzmer is back to predict! Ben is a Harvard grad who uses his math skills to make predictions. He joined us for our Oscars Tournament in May, and now he’s back to use his prediction model on the Tonys! Watch this space for his picks…they’re coming soon!

And as always, break a leg out there! 😉

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Why just read about predictions when you can make one…and see how you did when you get the result!

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The Stanley Cup Final

[Final Update]
It’s all over! The Penguins have won the cup for a second time in a row! All the results are in the table above, and it looks like PTF Futurists gave Allan Kreda a run for his money!

Here’s some quick stats:

Congrats and thanks to everyone who predicted!

[May 29 at 9:30 AM ET]
The rest of Allan’s predictions are in! Reminder: You only have until 8pm ET tonight to predict all 12 questions for a chance to win a $50 Team Merch Gift Card! Time to pass, skate…and PREDICT!

[May 28 at 10:00 AM ET]
Our expert, Allan Kreda, has made his first picks! Like our own PTF Players, he’s putting his confidence in the Predators!

What do you think? Tell us in our Facebook Messenger Room. 🙂 Click here.

[May 26 at 1:30 PM ET]
The time has finally come! Hockey fans have been waiting all year for the Stanley Cup Final! This year, the reigning Stanley Cup champs, the Pittsburgh Penguins, will be duking it out with newcomers, the Nashville Predators! This is the first time the Predators have EVER made it to the Stanley Cup Final! It’s sure to be an exciting series!

The best part is, you can win too by predicting in our Stanley Cup Final Tournament! The prizes may not be a big shiny cup, but they’re still pretty awesome: The Top Futurist will win a $50 Gift Card for Team Merch, while the #2-#10 Futurists will win a $20 Gift Card for Team Merch. We’re making it easy for you to get ready for next year’s hockey season! 😉

On top of all of that, you’ll be competing against New York Times Hockey Writer, Allan Kreda. Allan has covered the NHL for over two decades for the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, and since 2013, the New York Times. Though his primary focus is currently the Rangers and the Islanders, he is always eager to visit any venue beyond New York to research great hockey stories!

If you want to discuss your predictions before making them, make sure to join our Facebook Messenger Room and chat with other Futurists!

Good luck, everyone!

The TV Tourney with Showbuzz Daily!

[FINAL]
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 🙂

Love,

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 😉

PTF’S SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS TOURNAMENT SO BIG, WE’RE SHOUTING IT OUT IN ALL CAPS!

[FINAL]

Our own PTF Expert Van Du Tran beat BoxOffice Pro at its own game! He beat them in 4 predictions and tied with them in 3! Meanwhile, BoxOffice Pro was only right in 3 out of 10 predictions. We credit Van’s win to his practice in predicting. 😉 All those hours spent developing and playing PTF count for something!

Check the All-Time Summer Blockbusters leaderboard now to see how YOU did! Thanks for playing!

[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]
WE’VE HAD TOURNAMENTS BEFORE, BUT NEVER ONE THIS MASSIVE! PTF’S SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS TOURNAMENT FOCUSES ON THOSE BIG-BUDGET, HIGH-CONCEPT, MEGA-STAR MOVIES THAT DON’T JUST DEFINE A SEASON…BUT OFTEN, DEFINE AN ERA!

TEN PROBING QUESTIONS THAT COMBINE YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF HUGE BOX OFFICE GROSSES WITH LARGER-THAN-LIFE ICONS LIKE ALIENS, GALAXY GUARDIANS, WIMPY KIDS, CARIBBEAN PIRATES, BAYWATCHERS AND WONDER WOMEN.

TO TURN UP THE HEAT EVEN HOTTER, YOU’LL BE PLAYING AGAINST AN OBSESSIVE BOX OFFICE EXPERT, PTF’S OWN VAN DU TRAN…A MAN SO FILM FANATICAL HE WON’T WATCH TRAILERS BECAUSE HE WANTS TO EXPERIENCE EVERY ONE OF HIS MOVIES PURE, FREE OF ANY PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS.

TOP PLAYER WINS $50 FOR MOVIE TICKETS, WHILE THE NEXT NINE TAKE HOME $20 FOR MOVIE MONEY.

PTF’S SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS TOURNAMENT. ENDS TUESDAY, MAY 2…FOR NOW. BECAUSE LIKE ALL GREAT SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS, THERE WILL BE A SEQUEL LATER THIS YEAR!

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


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[FINAL]
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 Heavy.com 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, Heavy.com’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 ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine.

Michael Band, the Director of Analytics for RosterWatch.com, 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.