Frequently Asked Questions

If fantasy football, March Madness and reality TV had a love child – its name would be Bracketology. You can join an existing league with fellow TV lovers, or create one and compete against your friends, family, and coworkers. Choose between multiple game types, and play in up to 3 within one league! Throughout the season, leagues are automatically scored, and winners can earn prizes and/or bragging rights, depending on the league they choose.

We have a variety of different game types for you to choose from, fit for every reality TV fan. From March Madness-like brackets (First Impression) to pick ’em leagues where you predict who you think will advance at each elimination ceremony (Week to Week and Confidence Pool) to fantasy football-style (Advanced) games, there’s a game type for everyone!
A public league can be joined by anyone and is displayed in the Join Leagues directory for each show, while a private league requires a special invitation link to join. If you’re creating the league, you get to choose its privacy level, so decide how exclusive you’re feeling and go for it.
Picks will be available as soon as the current season’s contestants are officially announced. No spoilers here! First Impression picks for ALL elimination ceremonies are to be made for the entire season and lock for the season when Episode 2 airs in Eastern Time (locking episodes can vary by show).
We’re glad you asked. This is the most important part of the game. You can make your picks in two ways: from within a league or on the general Picks page for each show. For the Advanced game type, you will choose a team of contestants each week (usually 6 contestants or fewer), and for Week to Week/Confidence Pool game types, you will choose who you think will advance to the next week by dropping contestants from your lineup that you think will get eliminated. Lineups can be applied to 1 or multiple leagues at a time, so there’s no reason to not compete against multiple different groups of people!
Picks will lock immediately when the episode begins on the East Coast to avoid spoilers for anyone. West Coast – this means you need to make sure your picks are made a few hours before each episode. Picks will open up for the next week after the episode airs.
To allow for automated scoring, all rules for the Advanced game will be chosen by Bracketology. These rules will be solidified and announced prior to the beginning of the new season. You can see the rules for the current season by navigating to your Advanced game type and clicking on the Rules tab.
We post a scoring recap every week that lets you know what points were awarded & why for each league type. You can find it on the navigation menu under Extras on the website, and it will soon be added back into the mobile app under the 3 dots menu in the upper right next to the show name.
Scores are posted an hour or so after the episode ends on the West Coast (Week to Week, Confidence Pool & First Impression games are updated only after episodes which contain an elimination ceremony).

To avoid missing picks, make sure to subscribe to our emails for Pick Reminders and Scoring Recaps by toggling On “Allow email reminders” in the Settings section of your profile. We also recommend allowing Push Notifications so you don’t miss important deadlines. But, we know life can get hectic sometimes, so each Commissioner has a tool to unlock picks for the episode/ceremony in question to allow for late or unsaved picks. The Commissioner should navigate to the ceremony/episode and click “Open Picks,” which will allow for all picks for that ceremony/episode to be edited. Just make sure the Commissioner clicks “Close Picks” once complete. Reach out to your Commissioner if you were unable to make picks, but beware, not all Commissioners will allow for picks to be modified after they lock each week.

We wanted to make it difficult to delete an account in case it was accidentally erased, causing the deletion of all picks history and many unhappy users. You can delete your league if you are the only member of it. If there is anyone else in your league, you’ll be required to assign another member as the sole league Commissioner before deleting your account. Additionally, you have the ability to assign one/many community Co-Commissioner(s) if you just need help managing the league/members in it. Simply go to the Members page within the league using the 3 dots menu in the upper right, click the 3 dots next to the member you want to promote, and click “Add Co-Commissioner.” You can remove Co-Commissioner permissions at any point, and don’t worry, Co-Commissioners won’t be able to add/remove other Co-Commissioners and most importantly won’t be able to remove you as Commissioner.

Your profile is where you can modify everything about your account. Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner on the profile tab, or click “Forgot Password” while Signing In. Additionally, you can navigate to and enter your email address.

Bracketology is not a gambling site. You can, however, win prizes by participating in leagues that occasionally offer gifts to the winner(s) (Sponsored Leagues, Official Bracketology Leagues, etc.).

If you’re still having trouble getting a question answered after reading this FAQ and the How It Works page, please feel free to submit a form on our Contact page. Additionally, you can email us at We love hearing feedback from our users; user experience is essential to us. After all, this is a fantasy platform by reality TV fans, for reality TV fans.

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