Since hockey season is starting soon I decided to do some ideas on hockey and sport related Ideas. Food related ideas will appear in between don’t worry if that’s what you’re in for. Since I did the food series first I though of keeping there original number and hockey & other sports will get it’s own ideas.
I used to do a fantasy hockey draft with some buddies every year before the season started. However, when some of us moved to different cities, it became harder to have everyone in one room to do the draft. We tried other formulas like having a defined set of players by round and everybody could pick on a player of each round (it’s called a Box Pools). The problem with that is that some rounds the winner seems so obvious that everybody picks the same player.
With our preference set on a draft for our hockey pool and the recent rise of chatbot on facebook I thought why not mix the two.
Why a chatbot and not over messenger or zoom
Sure probably a meeting over zoom would do the job. There are even websites like poolExpert or marqueur.com offering a draft feature. I’ve tried them, but right now they are pretty clunky, they don’t offer the bells and whistles that we wanted for our draft.
Using a chatbot to fill your pool could be a really dynamic way to do the draft.
One of the advantages of the chatbot is that it could ping the user when it’s their turn through notification and give a longer time-frame to enter their pick. The bot could register all the picks and save them, making it available via a website, app or a bot command. You could allow pre-selection for each pick in case you’re afk when it’s your turn.
How it work
A chatbot could be used in conjunctions with a group chat. A bot could chat individually to each participant to tell them it’s their turn, pick their selection and in the group chat it could show the pick by the participant. The bot could have a search command to find the statistics of the player for the last few years and a command to show previously selected players.
Where to find the player datas when doing chat bit command?
You need to have the up-to-date data when doing your draft. The bot will need to use an API to access the list of players. It could be build its own database and use the api only to keep its up-to-date.
Available API that can be used: Using the nhl undocumented API or one of these sport api could probably covert our ground too.
How to make money
It could be a subscription like pools expert or officepools.com.
You could create a mailing list of the user that use the bot and contact them with other hockey, fantasy sports or gambling related offers. The mailing list could give prospect list, draft guide and ranking, etc.