March 11, 2020
By: Your call Inc.
It’s Your Call: Wherever you want it to be
For football fans, Super Bowl Sunday is the champion of all Sundays. For college basketball fans, it’s Selection Sunday – the official start to March Madness where millions across the country sit down with their popcorn (or pizza), their favorite jersey and a blank bracket, ready to find out which powerhouse will receive a number one seed and which underdog will get the chance to write school history.
While the tournament field is selected by a 10-member committee and a process of standardizing metrics, including game results, strength of schedule and scoring margin, it often leaves fans disappointed and unsatisfied– and wanting a say in how it is composed each year. In 2008, many fans felt the committee underseeded Davidson College after Steph Curry and the Wildcats completed an undefeated season in the Southern Conference. Just last year, others expressed outrage over the committee’s decision to award Syracuse an eight seed after a subpar season.
Instead of getting frustrated over the tournament picks every March, imagine if fans were able to have a seat at the committee table. A crowd-sourced spot right next to those ADs and conference commissioners. With Your Call’s patented technology, fans could have the chance to do just that. It would allow every fan to have a voice, a vote, a seat, a say in a place where they currently don’t have one. So, while we wait for this year’s March Madness picks to come in, we thought of some other places – within the sports industry and beyond – where we would love to see Your Call’s technology give spectators a seat at the table:
Remember Canadian figure skaters David Pelletier and Jamie Salé from the 2002 Olympics? If not, you may more recently remember U.S. figure skater Ashley Wagner from the 2014 Olympics who skated two clean programs, but still placed behind others who fell at least once during their performances. The Olympics – both winter and summer – are filled with events in which fans – and sometimes even the athletes themselves – feel are judged unfairly. Figure skating, along with gymnastics, diving and ski jumping, have long been plagued by corrupt and unfair judging. Athletes like Wagner have called for a change to the way these sports are judged. Maybe it’s time for us to put our technology to use and give fans a chance to weigh in on the biggest stage of sports…
The Pro Bowl
Similar to our Your Call Football games, imagine being able to call the plays for some of NFL’s best. The Pro Bowl is all about seeing the stars shine, so why not provide fans with the opportunity to vote for Saquon Barkley to run a halfback dive or Lamar Jackson to run a play action to fool the defense? With Your Call’s real-time play-calling technology, spectators would not only be able to watch their favorite players play, but watch their favorite players execute the plays they are calling.
Whether it’s the Bachelor, Survivor or reality TV’s newest hit The Masked Singer, everyone wishes they could have a say in who stays and who goes. Viewers of these shows are already devoted and invested, but constantly crave more engagement. Your Call’s innovative technology would allow viewers to have that – a virtual seat on the Survivor jury, a say during the Bachelor rose ceremony or a vote at the end of each show of The Masked Singer.
Think PLAYERS Championship, think the island green 17th. The 137-yard shot on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is home to one of the most famous – and anticipated – par threes in golf. Fans pack in like sardines to see how golfers will fare on the iconic, and oftentimes tournament-deciding, hole. With Your Call’s predictive technology, fans could put their predictions to the test and estimate how many strokes it would take the likes of Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia to score on the par three. Think Rory will shoot seven under par like he did in Round 2 of last year’s tournament? Do you see Sergio hitting another hole in one with the tournament on the line like he did in 2017? With Your Call, it’s your call.
The days when spectators passively sit and watch are long gone. Today, spectators crave engagement and interactivity. They want a voice. They demand a vote. They like to have an impact. This call for interactivity isn’t just happening in sports; it’s happening all over, and with technology that allows for engagement, we can provide people a seat at whatever table they want.