I like the one about making picks on different sporting events, primarily sports that aren't well known or followed. Not sure how serious Zuga is about it, but I'd envision an application being built on the website where you enter your picks there. Everyone could even start with X amount of fake dollars. At the end of every week, whoever (or top 3?) won the most for the week/month, wins a prize. At the end of some period of time (year?), whoever has the most money gets a big prize. Everyone starts with $100k, max bet is $1k [or to win $1k], that way the winner is more based on talent instead "tournament strategy".
Wouldn't have to be limited to sporting events, either. If there's a question (like a trivia question) asked, first to post the correct answer in the "WOV betting app" wins fake $$$. Could also be used for the type of bets like if TomG can eat 15,000 McNuggets or 100 pancakes in 30 seconds. And if people want to bet real money with each other, then they can still do that.
Of course, it'd be fake money, but just used to determine who wins prizes. Could even have a leader board, showing member's current $$$, how much they've won for the given period (week/month) as well as lifetime or for the year. Hell, could even add that next to people's posts (where it says "member since X/Y/Z, Threads, Posts, etc.).
1. This would require at least some work from Zuga or a developer. I'm not sure how much effort it'd take. From my experience, I don't think this would take too much time....but if they want it to get real fancy, it might take a bit of time.
2. This would remove the necessity of people having to post their answers/picks/etc. publicly (and thus, stolen), as well as the necessity of having to PM your answer/pick/etc. to an admin. I don't think anyone wants to spend that much time going through posts or PMs, figuring out who's the winner, etc. etc.
3. It also automates the process. A new "pick" or line is entered into the app, with proper lines, as well as the end date for when you can enter your pick. Once the sporting event is finished or the answer to the question is determined, Zuga, Mike, or whichever developer has access to it, enters the winner. Anyone who picked the winner gets paid back their money plus winnin's.
4. Allows for many more bets to be taken (instead of asking in one thread, who's going to win the Superb Owl, then another for the World Series, etc....just ask all questions in the app). Also I'd imagine you could pull lines/spreads from VegasInsider or some online betting book (like pinnacle or 5dimes) and use those lines (with juice removed).