STRAT-O-MATIC TO CONDUCT SIMULATION OF LOCKED OUT 2012-13 HOCKEY SEASON
Company Will Give Fans Hockey Action By Posting Line Scores, Standings and League Leaders Weekly at www.Strat-O-Matic.com
GLEN HEAD, N.Y., Oct. 11, 2012 – There may not be a hockey season played on the ice this year, but the scheduled games will still be played. Following the League’s announcement that all regular season games up until October 24th would be cancelled, Strat-O-Matic Media, LLC revealed that the Company will run a weekly simulation of the entire 2012-13 Hockey season. Every Monday, the Company will post lines scores from the entire week, and updated standings and league leaders on its website, www.strat-o-matic.com.
Strat-O-Matic will also make the data available to other websites and publications that are interested in publishing the results. Writers, media members and bloggers who would like to receive individual team box scores during the week can obtain them by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“While Strat-O-Matic is best known for its unparalleled realistic simulations of past seasons for all four major sports, this simulation will serve as a way for fans to get their weekly fix of hockey action,” said Hal Richman, the Founder of Strat-O-Matic. “We’ll run the simulation for as long as the lockout lasts. Hockey fans will not be denied of their favorite sport.”
The first set of simulated contests will be posted on Monday, October 15th and will contain all of the results of the cancelled games from October 11-14.
Strat-O-Matic has updated the rosters for the simulation to account for all of the player movement that took place during the offseason. Free agents who had yet to sign with a new team were left off the rosters, with the exception of a handful of players who are reportedly close to re-signing with their old clubs. No projected player signings with other teams were made unless the deal was official. In addition, Strat-O-Matic created projection cards for all of this year’s rookies to make sure they were included in the simulation.
Strat-O-Matic simulations have been used in place of cancelled games in the past. Just last year, the Company ran a daily simulation of all of the cancelled games during the Basketball Lockout. When baseball went on strike in the middle of the 1981 season, many newspapers ran Strat-O-Matic simulations for all of the missed games and would print the box scores daily. One radio station even broadcast the games live. When the 2002 Baseball All-Star Game ended in a tie, Strat-O-Matic simulated the rest of the game for the fans as well.
In the event that labor negotiations are resolved and the season resumes with a delayed start time, Strat-O-Matic would simulate the rest of the regular season and playoffs and post all of the results at once. The Company did the same thing last year when the Basketball lockout was lifted and accurately predicted the four conference finals teams, as well as Miami over Oklahoma City in the championship.
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.
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