EP Michael Davies discusses Jeopardy! as sports introduce daily boxing results | J! Buzz

So now for the first time, you’ll actually get proof of what, anecdotally, non-winning Jeopardy is! participants have shared for years: they could not get into the buzzer! It is such an important element of the game and our masters dominate in that aspect. (If you’re interested in a little more detail about the buzzer, here’s a link to a great article from a few years back on how it works.) From what I’ve observed, our returning masters hum in first, in part because of experience and natural speed, but also because they have quickly found the correct answer, or in Amy’s words in her ingenious essay for Defector: “You have to solve the question before you can even begin to find the answer.”

Another massive aspect of the game is the Daily Double and Final Jeopardy! bets and we include this data in our box score. What we do not include is what is known in Jeopardy! circles like “Coryat Score”.

“What the hell is that?” I hear the few of you who have come this far screaming into your phones or laptops. The Coryat result is, in short, a way of looking at participants’ results without considering the effort on a daily double-track. We believe it was first suggested by a former contestant, Karl Coryat, as a pure measure of comparing performance, as not all contestants have the opportunity to bet on the Daily Doubles or check when they come up.

It’s important here that I make it clear that Jeopardy! fully and completely recognizes and acknowledges the Coryat result. (Yes, this will actually mean something to a few, extremely passionate members of our community.) We understand how useful it is for potential participants to measure themselves against our participants or masters or even for our masters to measure themselves against each other.

This is another ingenious data insight developed by Jeopardy! community and we fully support its tracking and publication. But at the same time, it’s not an official metric used in our game, the game that Merv Griffin created, and it does not feel entirely appropriate for us to publish in our own official boxing score.

At least we hope that for some of you, the daily boxing score will provide additional insight into the game you love. We certainly look forward to hearing your feedback. As with everything else on the show, our goal and desire is to constantly evolve, and we can only do that by listening to our audience and our community. I would like to thank Ken Jennings, who spent an entire weekend developing a first draft of this boxing score. And honestly, no one knows more about Jeopardy! statistics than Ken, our GED.

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So what else have we been working on at Jeopardy !? Well, perhaps the biggest thing, besides editing our first National College Championship in prime time for ABC (starting February 8th!), Is figuring out when our eagerly awaited Tournament of Champions (or “ToC”) must take place. During the 37 previous seasons of Jeopardy !, ToC has taken place for six different months and for eight seasons not at all! Well, we are pleased to announce that Jeopardy !, the great league sport it is, will in future have a structured season and post-season every year: returning to its rightful and traditional place in the calendar in November, this year’s ToC will bid on Amy and Matt, our Professor’s Tournament Champion Sam, Jonathan, Tyler, Andrew, Courtney and many more of your favorite players and champions since last ToC. We are going to work with our partners at CBS Media Ventures, our affiliated stations across the country and all of our fire partners to bring an unprecedented amount of national and local awareness to what should be an unprecedented event. This is our Super Bowl! And we must treat it as such.

And while we’re talking about superstars, let me end by showing respect, on behalf of all of us, to this season’s incomparable hosts, Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings. In their own ways, they also have a lot in common with superstar athletes. They are certainly both living examples of expertise that day after day make what is so difficult look so effortless.

Now back to the game,

Michael Davis
Executive Producer

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