CharityMania Coronavirus Update
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the Coronavirus. We also understand that the recent unprecedented actions taken by virtually every sports organization and school district in the country greatly impacts your CharityMania fundraiser. Please know that we are monitoring the situation closely and are doing our best to help all the organizations that have worked so hard to raise money for their great causes.
Please see below for specific information regarding each of our fundraisers and how they are impacted and what we are doing to ensure all game cards still have the same chance to win prize money.
The NFL has started its season on time and plans to play a full 17 week schedule, but we realize the schedule can change and games can be postponed at any time due to the impact of the coronavirus. Please know that CharityMania has contingency plans in place so that all promised prize money will be paid regardless of any schedule changes. The total number of winners, prize money awarded, and odds of winning will not be affected by schedule changes or postponed or cancelled games. You can raise money with FootballMania confidently regardless of any changes to the schedule.
Contingency plan: Postponed or cancelled games
If individual teams have games cancelled or postponed to a later week in the season, then we will treat those teams as though they have a “bye” in the affected week. We will use the team’s score from the last game in which the team had a score. For example, if the bye occurs in Week 8, then we will use the team’s scores from Week 7.
Contingency plan: League-wide schedule changes
If the NFL adjusts or postpones its schedule, but plans to play all 17 weeks of the season, then we will adjust our schedule accordingly and calculate winners on the new dates provided by the NFL.
Contingency plan: League-wide cancellations
If the length of the NFL season changes and they play fewer than 17 weeks, then we will implement our contingency plan to calculate winners and award prize money during any missed weeks by using the football scores from a random week in a prior season (between 2010-2019).
The random prior season will be chosen based on the last digit of the Dow Jones Industrial Average at the close of the market on the Monday that we would normally calculate winners for that week. The last digit (the hundredths digit, i.e. to the penny) will represent the year we will use. For example, if the Dow Jones closes at 21350.62 then we will use the number “2” and therefore the 2012 season would be our randomly selected season. Keeping with this example then, if the NFL Week 3 is cancelled, then we would use the Week 3 scores from the 2012 season instead.
Great news… baseball is back! Major League Baseball is currently playing a 60 game regular season that will take place over 10 weeks and end on September 27th. We have updated the CharityMania website with the new weekly dates for the BaseballMania Spring game (BaseballMania Summer was not affected).
Contingency plans if necessary
We realize the MLB schedule can change and games can be postponed at any time due to the impact of the coronavirus on MLB teams. Here’s a summary of our contingency plans in case of changes to the MLB schedule:
League-wide schedule changes: If MLB pauses the season for any reason and then resumes and plays all 10 weeks, then we will adjust our schedule accordingly and calculate winners based on the new dates provided. If MLB cancels games and plays fewer than 10 weeks, then we will implement our contingency plan and calculate the winners for any canceled weeks by using the scores from a random week in a prior season. The total number of winners, prize money awarded, and odds of winning will not be affected by any schedule changes. All promised prize money will be paid.
Postponed games – individual teams: If games are postponed due to Coronavirus, the affected teams will earn 0 runs for those postponed games during the current week but will get credit for the makeup games if played during a normal BaseballMania week. Game cards with the affected teams will have a better chance of winning the low score prizes those weeks.
Teams that do not play for a full week: If a team does not play for an entire BaseballMania week (like Miami in Week 2), then we will treat their games as normal postponed games (as described above). Game cards with those teams will have a better chance of winning the low score prizes. If 4 or more total teams do not play in a given week, then there is no way to break ties and calculate low score BaseballMania winners (the math just doesn’t work anymore). Therefore, if 4 or more teams do not play in a week, we will implement a contingency plan. For all affected teams, we will use their scores from the last week in which each team had scores. We will treat the teams as though they had a “bye week”, similar to the way we treat bye weeks in our football fundraisers. This ensures all tickets have an equal and random chance of winning prizes.
On 5/26/2020, the NHL announced a tentative plan to complete the 2020 professional hockey season. The NHL said they will resume play in the next couple months, but they will go straight into the playoffs and abandon any unplayed regular season games (which would have been HockeyMania Weeks 13-15).
Therefore, as a result, we have implemented our contingency plan for HockeyMania 2020 and have calculated winners and prize money based on the HockeyMania scores in Weeks 13-15 from last season (2019). The HockeyMania Week 13 scores from last year have been used for Week 13 of this year; Week 14 scores from last year have been used for Week 14 of this year; and Week 15 scores from last year have been used for Week 15 of this year. The odds of winning and prize money awarded have not been affected.
Update as of 4/6/2020: professional golf’s governing bodies announced important updates to the schedule for golf’s major championships due to the COVID-19 outbreak:
British Open: Cancelled
PGA Championship: August 6-9
U.S. Open: September 17-20
Masters: November 12-15
GolfMania impact – postponed tournaments
For each of the three Major tournaments that have been postponed, GolfMania will calculate winners and award prize money as normal when the tournaments are played. The only change to the games are the dates on which the tournaments are played. Everything else will stay the same. We will update the new game dates on our website to match the new tournament dates. GolfMania tickets can be activated up until the new dates before each tournament is played.
GolfMania impact – British Open cancellation
The British Open has officially been cancelled for 2020. As a result, we will implement our contingency plan and use scores from a replacement tournament to calculate winners. Our current plan is to use the scores from The Masters held on November 12-15. Therefore, when the Masters is played, GolfMania will calculate winners for both the British Open and the Masters contests at the same time, but independent of each other.
The golfers assigned to the British Open on all GolfMania game cards will be awarded scores from their performance in The Masters on November 12-15. The odds of winning and calculation of winners will be exactly the same as if the British Open had been played. The winners for this contest will simply be based on the golfers’ scores from The Masters instead.
The NCAA has released their 2021 college basketball national championship tournament schedule. They plan to hold “Selection Sunday” on March 14th and then begin playing games the following week. The tournament will keep the same traditional format with 4 regions and 68 teams, but we realized that things can change due to Covid-19.
If for any reason the basketball tournament is forced to postpone or cancel games, we have contingency plans in place to ensure that all promised winners and prize money are paid in full. The odds of winning, the amount of prize money awarded, and the overall number of winners will not be affected by any schedule changes or cancelled games.
If the NCAA postpones the tournament or any games, then we will adjust our schedule accordingly and calculate winners after the games are played. If any games are cancelled, then we will calculate the winners for any canceled weeks by using the scores from a random prior tournament. All promised prize money will be paid.