# When Betting on Total Match Points, Does That Include Overtime?

Total match points (TMP) is a system that’s used to decide the winner of a game, either by awarding the winner a set number of points or by allowing the audience to vote for the winner via social media. The concept is interesting in theory but, in practice, there are always a number of questions surrounding the system. One of the biggest questions is: When do points for an overtime period count?

## Do Points For Overtime Periods Count?

When an overtime period occurs, the game does not end immediately. The team that scores the most points in the remaining time wins. In some games, there are three or four overtimes, with each one counting as a separate period. The question is: Does the team that scores the most points in the four periods win the game? Or does the team that scores the most points in the remaining time win?

In other words, is the amount of points a team accumulates in four periods of play, or is the amount of points accumulated over the entire game considered? Because of the way TMP is set up, it’s not necessarily easy to figure out. On one hand, you could argue that the team that scores the most points in the four periods wins, since they’ve had the most scoring opportunities during the periods. On the other hand, it’s not necessarily fair to give all the points from the first four periods to the team that scores the most, since they may not have been able to capitalize on all their scoring opportunities in the final period. So, in essence, is it better to score as much as you can in the first four periods and hope that luck is on your side in the final period, or is it better to score as much as you can over the entire game and see where luck takes you in the end?

## More Than Meets The Eye

The basic concept behind TMP is that every goal, no matter how scored, is worth the same number of points. While that may be true in some scenarios, it doesn’t necessarily follow that every period of play is created equal. For example, if one team is dominating the another team entirely in the first two periods, it may not be fair to give them all the points from the start. Especially considering that the dominated team might not have had a chance to respond in the following two periods.

As the game continues, the teams trade goals and the score gets closer and closer. However, in a real-life sports scenario, you never know what could happen. For example, a puck could roll out of the back of the net and into the arms of a player, who then scores the game-winning goal without ever having touched the puck. While an extremely unlikely accident, it’s something that could still happen. So, while it’s great that the puck rolled into the arms of a player and he scored, the team that actually controlled the puck throughout the game should still get all the points, even though they didn’t score at the end.

On the subject of unlikely accidents, one of the most intriguing sports stories in recent years has to do with the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which was contested by the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Amidst worries about the pandemic and the lack of professional soccer in the US, the North American nations made a deal with the organizers of the 2022 edition to play in a tournament dubbed the “Tequila Free World Cup”. In the spirit of the agreement, all the matches in the tournament were played with no booze (except for small servings of tequila for some of the teams).

The USA went through the tournament undefeated, winning every match 2-1. The team scored only two goals all tournament, both of which were scored by Josh Sargent in a 2-1 win over Colombia. Sargent became the first player in World Cup history to score a goal in each of his team’s matches. Notably, the two teams the U.S. played in the final, Mexico and the U.S.A., both offered tequila as a concession. The U.S. lost the match 1-0, but the organizers offered a silver lining by having a tequila party to celebrate the U.S.’s first-ever World Cup victory.

This sort of thing is what makes sports so interesting. That, and the fact that we’re all rooting for the home team, even if they’re playing against another country.

## Fantasy Football

One of the things that makes sports more appealing is the fact that it offers up more possibilities for fantasy football. For those of you who play fantasy football, you know that at any given time, there are dozens upon dozens of different player situations to be dealt with. In a fantasy football league, you have the opportunity to tailor your team composition to fit your specific situations. This is especially appealing during a game, when you can swap in a different player for each period or each quarter.

In football, for example, you have a running back situation in which one team has the upper hand over the other. If you play fantasy football and you see that the team you’re invested in is significantly outmatched by the other team, you could potentially benefit from a change at the top. After all, if they can’t run the ball, they can’t score. So why not find a different back to help out?

In baseball, there’s a double-play combo that’s so bad it’s become an instant classic. Mauer-Trout. Cain-Pujols. Scherzer-Rosenthal. Hamilton-Hendrickson. These are all the types of trades you could make in your fantasy baseball league. Once the game is over, you simply change back the players who were on the field.

The possibilities are endless. You could literally play fantasy baseball nonstop for the rest of the season, rebuilding your team and swapping in different players when you get bored with what you’ve got.

## What About Suspensions And Offers To Join Teamates?

In some sports, the rulebook is only as good as the good citizens who enforce them. Take boxing for example. Most boxers aren’t born with the talent to make it to the top of the division. They have to work their way up from the bottom, taking on guys three, four, and sometimes even five times their size. Because of the level of competition, the sport usually has a lot of controversy. In 2015, it was widely reported that Conseco, a financial services company, offered \$125,000 to any pro boxer who would switch teams. If a boxer accepted the offer and signed with Conseco, the company would give the athlete an additional \$125,000 if he won a match for the new team. In light of this, you have to ask: Does the rulebook apply to Conseco as much as it does the rest of the players?

Some sports, like American football, have rules that specifically address the matter of suspensions. Let’s say that Patrick Peterson is your starting cornerback and he gets suspended for four games for violating the sportsmanship rules. What do you do then? You have to decide whether or not you’re going to keep your starting quarterback, and if so, who is going to replace him. In the event that you do decide to suspend Peterson, you’ll have to find a suitable replacement before the 4th game.

## The Verdict

Ultimately, it’s your call whether or not you want to include the points for the final period in your total. It’s something to think about, especially if you’re a big fan of a particular sport. For example, the NCAA basketball tournament is often a fantastic display of sportmanship, with some of the best games you’ll ever see. However, it wouldn’t be right to say that in every situation the points from the final period do not matter. The final period of a hockey game often has a significant impact on the outcome, particularly in a shootout. For those of you who play fantasy football, you have the option to include the final period points or leave them out. It’s a decision you’ll have to make based on your own personal preferences. The fact remains, though, that in many cases, it is indeed a decision that’s worth making.