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The GIST Football Pool


Last season, thousands of GISTers participated in our free, quick and fun weekly NFL football pool. Needless to say, it was a hit and we’re thrilled to announce that the pool is back and better than ever! 

Each week, you can participate in our pick ’em pool for a chance to win some awesome prizes, compete with other GISTers and maybe learn a thing or two about football along the way.

We’re hosting a football pool because we noticed and personally experienced that underserved sports fans are often not invited to participate in pools, brackets, fantasy and drafts and some just don’t want to put money down to do so. 

We’ve removed all of those barriers by making our pool free to play, providing “the gist” of every matchup, and having it take less than five minutes to complete your picks. Click here to subscribe to play and keep reading for more information on how the pool works.  

The GIST of It

I’ve never been part of a pool before. How does this work?

Every Wednesday of the regular season, we’ll be sending you a Facebook message (yes, our pool is conveniently hosted on Facebook Messenger) at 12 p.m. ET. In this message, we’ll give you “the gist” of each matchup for that week. With that info, and any other research you want to do on your own, all you need to do is choose which team you think will win by clicking a button in Facebook Messenger. 

The Monday night game is our tie-breaker. So, for the Monday night game, you’ll choose your winner and how much you think the winning team will win by (e.g., by 3 points, 7 points, etc.). The person who chooses the most winners wins that week’s pool. Easy, right?

The rules

  1. We’ll send you a message over Facebook every Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET. Through that message, you can opt in to play. 
  2. Your picks must be submitted by Thursday at 8 p.m. ET to participate in that week’s pool.
  3. The person/people who win(s) that week, accurately picked the highest amount of winners. The Monday night game acts as a tie-breaker. In the event of a tie for most winners chosen, the person that picked the correct winner of the Monday night game and has the most accurate guess on how much the team wins by will be awarded the prize.
  4. The winner will be announced in the subsequent week’s Facebook Messenger.
  5. GISTers can win more than one week.
  6. Winners of each week will receive a prize from us, or from one of our partners.

Do I have to pay?

Nope. It’s completely free. 

What if I know nothing about football?

Totally fine. We’ll provide you with the need-to-know info, as well as some other resources for you to do your own research. And, if you don’t want to do any, that’s okay too.

What if I know A LOT about football?

All are welcome. Let’s see how you do!

How long does it take to complete?

It will take less than five minutes each week to complete your picks using the info The GIST gives you. If you want to do your own research, it could take up to about 30 minutes.

Do I win anything?

You know it! We’ll be giving away awesome prizes from some of our partners as well as swag from us.

This sounds fun. How can I play?

  1. Subscribe to The GIST on Facebook Messenger. All information will be sent through FB.
  2. And while you’re at it subscribe to our free twice-weekly newsletter too. 

Do I have to participate every week? What if I forget? What if I miss the deadline?

Nope, you don’t have to play every week (though it’s highly encouraged you do). If you forget to participate or miss the deadline, sorry but, you snooze you lose. Rest assured, you can still participate in future weeks.

That's it! The pool will be live for the duration of the 2020 NFL regular season.

Any questions? Email us at hi@thegistsports.com