HOWARD NEUTHALER WINS FIRST EVER STRAT-O-MATIC YOUTUBE CONTEST
GLEN HEAD, N.Y., Dec. 21, 2012 – Howard Neuthaler of New York, NY has been named by Strat-O-Matic as the winner of its first ever YouTube Contest.
Neuthaler’s video, titled “Strat-O-Matic, Snowstorms and Syrup,” is a poignant five-minute mini documentary about him and two of his best childhood friends and their 30 years of playing Strat-O-Matic Football together. Neuthaler edged out Gary Williamson and Jack Spoerner in the finals for first place.
The YouTube Contest, which was launched on October 9th, encouraged Strat-O-Matic Fanatics to create their own Strat-O-related videos and promote them as much as possible. The three videos with the most number of total views by December 20th advanced to the finals. Submissions included everything from comedic songs to photo montages to even a pig teaching viewers how to play Strat-O-Matic Football (Spoerner’s video). Strat-O-Matic received three videos from children 10 years and younger.
As the grand prize for winning the contest, Neuthaler will receive a $400.00 Strat-O-Matic merchandise credit.
To view Neuthaler’s winning video, click here.
To view all of the other videos submitted for the contest, click here.
Strat-O-Matic was invented by 11-year-old Hal Richman in his bedroom in Great Neck, NY in 1948 as a result of his frustration with the statistical randomness of other baseball board games. He discovered the statistical predictability of dice would give his game the realism he craved. Over the next decade he perfected the game at summer camp and then as a student at Bucknell University. After producing All-Star sets in 1961 and ‘62, he parlayed a $5,000 loan from his father (and made a deal that if it didn’t work out he would work for his father’s insurance company) into the original 1962 Strat-O-Matic Baseball season game. Needless to say, Hal never had to take a job with his father.
Strat-O-Matic, based in Glen Head, NY and on the Internet at www.strat-o-matic.com, manufactures the top selling sports board games and is the leading producer of realism/stats sports digital games. The Company publishes baseball, football, basketball and hockey games to play both on and off your computer and mobile screens. “Strat-O” games are known throughout the sports community for their statistical realism and accuracy. The Company has the world’s greatest sports game stat libraries with top-of-the-line seasons dating back to the early 1900’s. Recently, the Company released Strat-O-Matic Negro Leagues, the first sports simulation game to accurately reflect more than 100 Negro League players who never had the chance to show their skills in the major leagues. In June of 2012, two Strat-O-Matic Fanatics set a Guinness World Record by playing continuous games of the Strat-O-Baseball board game for 61 hours and 2 minutes, demonstrating the extreme playability and ultimate enjoyment of Strat-O-Matic games.
The Company has a loyal celebrity following including a bevy of sportscasters and sports journalists such as Bob Costas, Buzz Bissinger, Jon Miller, former MLB’ers Keith Hernandez, Doug Glanville, Cal Ripken; and sports super fans including Bryant Gumbel, Tim Robbins, Drew Carey and Spike Lee. More information is available at: www.strat-o-matic.com.