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11:24 AM, Mar 12, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO -- News10 and the USA TODAY Sports Media Group have launched their first interactive bracket game-hosted on Facebook!


The game, "Matchup Mania," is now open for registration at

Fans wishing to compete against other News10 readers can register for the game and click on the Featured Group tab, where they can find News10 as well as 30 other USA TODAY Sports Media Group properties.


Once registered for "Matchup Mania," you can participate within as many groups as you like. Players will initially be assigned within three different groups-Friends, Favorite Team, and one of the four tournament Regions (which is randomly assigned)-and can also sign up to participate against other News10 players within the Featured Groups category.

Beginning with second round of tournament play on March 15, when 64 teams remain, players are allocated a pool of 100 virtual points per day. They are then asked to assign a selected amount of their total virtual points on each of their predicted winners in every tournament matchup for that day; as the tournament progresses, players carry winning points on to the subsequent round, but any points assigned to a losing team are lost. Seed multipliers are also used to reward upset picks.


The player achieving the highest point totals from among all overall "Matchup Mania" participants will be the Grand Prize Winner and receive $3,500.

There will be three Runner-Up winners (one per Region* with the highest point totals for the Region.) who will each receive $500. The Runner-Up There will be only one prize per winner. (*Excluding the Grand Prize Winner's Region.)



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