**'Spectator Value'**™? What the heck is *that*?
(click this to find out)

For lack of a more creative term, the Spectator Value (or ** SV**)
is the area between the lines expressed as a percentage of the possible area,
and is one way of predicting how much fun a game will be to watch. It measures how
evenly two teams are matched over the course of the season or some number of games,
with a high number indicating my prediction of an exciting game. Of course, this has
nothing to do with rivalries, ice-girls, new jersies, home-town bias or the price of beer in
the arena but only quantifies how similarly two teams have been performing over
the course of the calculation. (Formula below)

**Example 1**: Imagine two teams playing 20 games and taking wildly different ways of reaching
the same number of points:
one team losing 10 in a row and then winning 10 straight, and
the other team doing the opposite. Both teams would have earned 20
points with a record of 10-10-0, but one is considering raising next
year's ticket prices and the other is about to get a new coach.

In this example the Spectator Value is 52 -- not too exciting
(remember, a low number predicts a boring game).

**Example 2**:
Here, our two teams have the same 10-10-0 record but one has won only the even numbered
games, the other the odd. The Spectator Value for this matchup is quite high
(95% = 5% of potential Spectator Value at 20 games), indicating that it
should be a Great game to watch.

**Example 3**: For reasons obvious to just about anyone who follows professional hockey, here is my favorite example.

And for the nerds:

SV = 1 - ( | ( | n | ) | / (n*(n-1)) ) | |

Σ | abs(ptsA - ptsB) | ||||

g = 1 |

(Of course, this is all nonsense -- the true measure of the game is whether the beer is cheap and the home-team wins :)