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A bye is when a player or team is allowed to advance to the next round of a playoff tournament without playing. This most commonly occurs if the number of entrants into the competition is not a power of two (i.e. not 4, 8, 16, 32, etc.), thus resulting in an odd number at some point. In large tournaments, sometimes the best-ranked players or teams get a bye in the first round(s), to reward them with less risk of elimination, as well as on the basis (particularly in seeded tournaments) that they would be most likely to eliminate the worst seeds anyway. Byes can be applied equally to single-person competitions and team sports, and well as to single-game eliminations and best-of series eliminiations. A player of a game is a participant therein. ... A team comprises any group of people or animals linked in a common purpose. ... Look up round in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A playoff in sports (North American professional sports in particular) is a game or series of games played after the regular season is over with the goal of determining a league champion. ... A tournament is an organized competition in which many participants play each other in individual games. ... Competition is the act of striving against another force for the purpose of achieving dominance or attaining a reward or goal, or out of a biological imperative such as survival. ... In mathematics, the parity of an object refers to whether it is even or odd. ... A number is an abstract entity that represents a count or measurement. ... A single-elimination tournament, also called a knockout or sudden death tournament, is a type of tournament where the loser of each match is immediately eliminated from winning the championship or first prize in the event. ...

In some tournaments, a player can elect to take a half-point bye for one round and not play.

Bye week

In the NFL, The four teams who win their divisions are to be rewarded with a bye in the playoffs. This is sometimes referred to as a bye week, as one round is played per week. This is necessitated by the current 12-team playoff structure. Eight is the next lowest power of 2, so 4 wildcard teams must be eliminated in the first week before the 4 division leaders enter the playoff tournament with the 4 remaining "wild card" teams. The NFL is the only one of the four major north american sports leagues to offer playoff byes. The CFL also offers a bye to its two division winners, directly to the division finals as two other teams win each division compete in a semi-final week. NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... CFL is an acronym for: Canadian Football League Compact fluorescent light bulb Continental Football League Courant, Fredericks and Lewy This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

In Canadian and American football in general, the term "bye week" is more commonly used to refer to any week during the regular season in which a team does not have a game. Each team will have one "bye week" during a normal NFL season. Unlike the above traditional usage, there is no advancement or tournament benefit from the missed week, and is simply in place for scheduling requirements. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ...

In leagues such as the National Rugby League, where competiton points are used to determine standings, the bye also garners points (in the NRL's case, two, equivalent to a win). For other uses of the term NRL, go to NRL (disambiguation) The National Rugby League (often referred to as the Telstra Premiership for sponsorship purposes) is a competition for rugby league clubs in Australia and New Zealand, and is Australias primary rugby league competition. ...



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