It's about 6 weeks to the beginning of the season, so time for me to set up the programs for the 2020 Prediction Contest. Wow, time flies! Blissett is the returning regular season champion and thus the Shield bearer. The dreaded robot is the combined pre-season/regular season/playoffs champion. We had a little discussion after the dust settled about possible changes to the scoring system. I have a possible change for the regular season we might consider, based on the following table: The table shows, of all the predictions last year, the % (and underlying number) that met each of the scoring categories. The highlighted numbers are a scoring system that approximates the percentages. In other word, the scoring system is an approximation of how hard it is to get each category right. The 4.0 - 1.7 - 0.8 - 0.6 possible scoring system compares to the 3 - 2 - 1 - 1 we've been using. Or, as an alternative that's a little simpler to remember and a little more aesthetic, the change could be to a 4 - 2 - 1 - 0.5. With these "simpler" points, regular season scores would go down about 15%, so the point spreads between competitors would shrink a little, but it shouldn't be by a lot. In terms of the proportionality among the pre-season, regular season, and playoffs prediction score spreads, I don't think it would make a big difference. Or, we could stay with what we've had for the last couple of years. Any thoughts about this or about other potential changes? SiberianThunderT, you're the expert on this, what do you think?