Bud Light takes over official beer sponsorship, launches $10 million draft contest

At a time when the lockout is driving many a fan to drink, the NFL has a new beer sponsor.

On Friday, Bud Light supplanted Coors as the league’s official beer.

And the folks at Bud Light are celebrating their new title with a promotion tied in to what may be the only NFL-related event of the year.

The draft.

The “Best Round Ever” contest will pay $10 million to anyone who correctly predicts all 32 picks in the first round of the draft.  Sign up at the Bud Light Facebook page.

But consider this language from the official rules:  “In order for the prize to be awarded, an eligible entrant must correctly predict all 32 players selected in the first round of the Draft in their exact order of selection, with the correct spelling of each player’s name, in accordance with these Official Rules.”

So get the names right, or you’ve got no chance of winning.

Also, only one prize will be awarded.  If more than one person nails the order of the first 32 picks, they’ll split it like a lottery prize, or the last Toll House cookie.

Sure, we’re giving Bud Light some free advertising.  But we’re intrigued by any contest that is based more on skill than chance.  Plus, we want to see a member of PFT Planet win the money.

So have at it.  And good luck.  If you didn’t already know about it and you sign up and win, we’ll ask for only 10 percent.

49 responses to “Bud Light takes over official beer sponsorship, launches $10 million draft contest

  1. Alcohol is a terrible drug that causes death, injury, and immense human suffering. It shouldn’t even be legal never mind an “official sponsor” of the NFL.

  2. This is pretty easy to cheat them if people were smart.

    If you got together with about a thousand people through online or at a seminar or something and made a deal with them that they would all split the prize when they win. They could make a 1,000 different entrees and chances are 1 of those would be right. Think about it there are only 32 slots and even though there are 100s of players who could fill those slots everyone pretty much has an idea about who is gonna go when. Like you know Von Miller or Peterson are gonna go in the early part of the draft so you wouldnt have to make an entry with them at 30 or 31.

    I dunno it could be done if people were determined to do it. It wouldnt take more then a day to make all the entrees either and you really would only need basic knowledge about the draft that you could find online on a million different websites.

  3. ironhawk says:
    Apr 1, 2011 8:08 PM
    Alcohol is a terrible drug that causes death, injury, and immense human suffering. It shouldn’t even be legal never mind an “official sponsor” of the NFL.
    ———————————————————————

    Thank you, Captain Buzzkill.

  4. I think PFT just found out how to get 10% of the pot.

    macjacmccoy says:
    Apr 1, 2011 8:13 PM
    This is pretty easy to cheat them if people were smart.

    If you got together with about a thousand people through online or at a seminar or something and made a deal with them that they would all split the prize when they win. They could make a 1,000 different entrees and chances are 1 of those would be right. Think about it there are only 32 slots and even though there are 100s of players who could fill those slots everyone pretty much has an idea about who is gonna go when. Like you know Von Miller or Peterson are gonna go in the early part of the draft so you wouldnt have to make an entry with them at 30 or 31.

    I dunno it could be done if people were determined to do it. It wouldnt take more then a day to make all the entrees either and you really would only need basic knowledge about the draft that you could find online on a million different websites.

  5. Pointless.

    Even the best prognosticators are lucky to correctly pick 10-14 players in their exact slot.

    The odds of picking all 32 are worse than Powerball.

  6. This contest is not fair. Everyone knows Toad McTurd will nail it. I think I’ll go to Vegas and bet on McTurd. Toad will get the $10 mill, but I should get decent odds on him at the sports book.

  7. Its free and its fun…why complain. I think its next to impossible to do this especially with trades, and god knows which athletic specimen Al Davis will fall in love with, that wasn’t going to be drafted till the 7th round.

  8. This really isn’t as complex as it seems. Even with draft trades, guys will still go in similar spots. Teams trade up to move in front of a team they think is going to get their guy. Someone is going to hit 30 of 32 at least and the ones missed will be in the last 5 picks.

    P.S. Teams think talent/best available, not need.

  9. thank god there was no draft in 2000…

    no one on this site would have predicted oakland drafting a kicker round 1…

    and that my friends is all it takes – one reach,one stupid pick…

    lol

  10. seanx40 says: Apr 1, 2011 9:03 PM

    You would have to pay me that much to drink that swill.

    Indeed. Carbonated caramel water with a chemical after-taste. Cheers.

  11. @macjacmccoy and @armchairgm9

    Obligatory math:

    Let’s pretend we know exactly which 32 players will be drafted. There are 32! permutations. That means there are 2.6313 x 10^35 possible combinations. Here is 10^35 typed out (1 with 35 zeros):

    100000000000000000000000000000000000

    Even if we had insider information on the first half of the draft, we drop the possible permutations for the remaining players to 16! or 2.0923 x 10^13 possible combinations. 10^13 is “only”:

    10000000000000

    That’s ~20 TRILLION possible combinations for only 16 teams, assuming we know exactly which players will be chosen. If we could get everyone in the world to put in a different combination, there are still NINETEEN TRILLION unused combinations for just 16 teams.

    To put it in perspective, you are literally 26 million times more likely to be struck by lightning this year than picking just 16 teams correctly.

  12. impossible, the analysts AT THE DRAFT don’t even know who’s going where. Plus, there is always one or two surprise picks (i.e. Tyson Alualu few heard of him much less picked him so early in the draft)
    This is a waste.

  13. armchairgm9 says: Apr 1, 2011 9:25 PM

    P.S. Teams think talent/best available, not need.
    ————–

    I know it’s only April, but I’m officially nominating this for Stupidest Comment of the Year.

  14. Should be fun…hell, people fill out NCAA brackets every year, and I doubt anyone had a successful bracket this year.

  15. @asdf1234567890asdf

    True, there are that many permutations. BUT, you kinda know who will go top 5, or top 10, or 11-15, or 16-20, or 21-32. So, I think, 1000 educated guesses will keep people in the ballpark.
    It’s a good contest, similiar to an NCAA Tournament bracket, but alot tougher. Fill out your sheet, watch the draft, and have a BUD Light. Kiper and McShay should have “Sheets of Integrity”!!

  16. If I won that I would not go out and buy more jewlery than my girlfriend owns. I would buy multiple belts to keep my fitted pants looking sharp and upright. I would no longer be a slave to the profession I work for, I wouldn’t need to sell and transport codiene to support myself, and I don’t think I would fire my gun at my sister’s boyfriend in response to him potentially assaulting her. Instead I would hire a lawyer, but not one who would drag out the conflict as long as possible.

  17. To asdf1234567890asdf says
    there are still NINETEEN TRILLION unused combinations for just 16 teams.

    I think you need to get out more and get laid. there are less permutations for the possibility of you having sex, I hope.

  18. @asdf1234567890asdf – You’re forgetting it’s not a straight statistical calculation with each eligible player equally likely to go at any pick. Certain players can be assumed to have more value than other players, which gives you a very vague order to work from.

    That said, you’re right in that the odds are still astronomically slim.

  19. ironhawk says:
    Apr 1, 2011 8:08 PM

    Alcohol is a terrible drug that causes death, injury, and immense human suffering. It shouldn’t even be legal never mind an “official sponsor” of the NFL.

    Yeah, but weed is illegal. I couldn’t agree more Ironhawk.

    That said, no one will win this contest. Zero chance…

  20. Ummmm…u see the guy with all the math figured out? We should all vote that he gets the 10 million just for figuring out the odds on that stuff. And we all thank you sir.

  21. It’s a pretty good idea..

    Just make them think they have chance..
    Then fill them with ads for Bud Light..
    Then before the draft they all run out and buy Bud Light thinking it can help with luck or because they have been subjected to ads telling them to buy Bud Light..

    The only winner is Bud Light.. Making money of idiots running out buying their beer for luck or just because of the ads..

  22. BRING BACK THE BUD BOWL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Remember the year Bud Dry was a stud rookie QB?

  23. Its just a gimmick..Odds are probably worse than hitting the mega millions. Merely a way to get great publicity with NO possibility of paying out the jackpot. Don’t even visit the site, they just want the ad revenue. It sounds like a scam.

  24. jhorton83 says: Apr 1, 2011 8:04 PM

    Well, Bud Light is at least an improvement over dog piss, aka Coors.

    So instead of Dog piss “aka Coors…you opt for Horse piss aka Bud light. Same product.

  25. nobledictator1278 says:
    Apr 1, 2011 9:16 PM

    Its free and its fun…why complain. I think its next to impossible to do this especially with trades, and god knows which athletic specimen Al Davis will fall in love with, that wasn’t going to be drafted till the 7th round.
    ——————————

    That’s why this is the best year for such a contest…Oakland doesn’t have a 1st round pick this year, they traded it to New England for Seymour.

  26. impossible, you would be safer assuming theres no trades in round one… because trying to predict one trade would surely throw the whole thing out the window.

  27. “Plus, we want to see a member of PFT Planet win the money.”

    I’d totally tip if I won, but the chance of ANYBODY doing this is 0 if you ask me.

    Also, I already drink Bud Light, so your Jedi mind tricks won’t work on me, Obi Wan.

  28. @androk23 says:

    “That’s why this is the best year for such a contest…Oakland doesn’t have a 1st round pick this year, they traded it to New England for Seymour.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    That’s even worse. Bill Belichick has that pick shopped to 18 different teams already. Good luck.

  29. omgfmlwtfbbq says: Apr 2, 2011 1:02 AM

    @asdf1234567890asdf – You’re forgetting it’s not a straight statistical calculation with each eligible player equally likely to go at any pick. Certain players can be assumed to have more value than other players, which gives you a very vague order to work from.
    —–
    Hold up, wouldn’t you have to do at least 2 factorials? One for the order of the draft (trades) and one for the order of the players? So assuming that we knew the 32 players going in the first round wouldn’t it be 32! x 32! ? Or am I just over thinking it?

  30. I imagine they got a good deal on an insurance policy to pay off in the unlikely event there is a winner. It would be signficantly more difficult than picking a perfect NCAA tourney bracket. There are at least 100 players that could possibly go in the first round and and unlimited number of trade possibilites.

  31. @johnnycash19:

    You’re still under thinking it. Realizing that a team could actually trade back into the first round and that they could technically alter their original first round spot while adding a second first round spot means you’re still leaving out additional factorials. There are still several others, but my head is starting to hurt at this point.

  32. folks like macjacmccoy and armchairgm9 are the reasons why state-funded lotteries exist and thrive…

  33. Does it make me evil that I’m hoping somebody guesses all 32 picks correctly but mis-spells a player’s name?

    “But consider this language from the official rules: “In order for the prize to be awarded, an eligible entrant must correctly predict all 32 players selected in the first round of the Draft in their exact order of selection, with the correct spelling of each player’s name, in accordance with these Official Rules.”

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