Thursday, October 25, 2012

How Can Spike TV Afford a 10 $Million Cash Prize? They Can't.

Spike TV is offering largest cash prize in TV History
 for the proof of Bigfoot, but can they afford it?

As you may have heard, Spike TV plans is offering $10 million to pre-selected contestants if they can prove Bigfoot exists on their new reality show, 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty. This is the largest cash prize in TV History. The last cash prize milestone was the singing competition show, X-Factor.

$10 Million is a lot of money, even for 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty's successful Emmy® Award-winning producer Jon Kroll ("The Amazing Race," "Big Brother"). So who ponies up the cash? If not Spike TV or the producers, than who? You may guess, Lloyd's of London, the prize insurer, but not exactly. When a prize is insured it is called indemnity insurance.

This is how indemnity insurance works, it is also called "hole-in-one" insurance. Say you want to give $10 million dollars for someone who get's a hole-in-one at a tournament your hosting.  The odds of an amateur golfer hitting a hole in one are about 1 in 12,500. These are low odds, acceptable odds, to an insurance company. So, instead of paying for the prize yourself, you get insurance for the $10 million dollar prize, paying only a small affordable fraction called a premium. 

DOES THE GOLFER GET THE MONEY?
True, if the golfer does indeed get the hole-in-one the insurance company pays the prize. The thing to remember though, insurance is a numbers game, where the odds favor the house. In theory an insurance company can charge as low as $800 dollars for a $10 million dollar hole-in-one prize to break even. 

DID SPIKE TV PAY ONLY $800?
Probably not, because the insurance company does not want to break even, they want a profit. Although it would be safe to say Spike TV probably paid a smaller premium than usual for a $10 million dollar indemnity insurance. Why? Remember the 1 in 12,500 odds of getting a hole-in-one? We would bet the odds of proving Bigfoot are even smaller. 1 in a million? 1 in 10 million? The lower the odds of  winning the prize, the lower the premium for the indemnity insurance.

So overall, the $10 million dollars is not really there, if an insurance company can afford to insure a $10 million dollar hole-in-one prize for only $800, we are sure they can find an acceptable number that would be affordable to a TV network asking contestants to do something that has never been done.  


12 comments:

  1. Stumbled upon this article and wanted to let anyone know that hole in one insurance is easily accessible and quite affordable to the everyone. If anyone was interested in additional information about hole in one insurance, look at this great resource. The odds are a lot better than spotting Bigfoot!

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  2. Even if they got another PGF it would not be considered "indisputable proof" of Bigfoot. The only thing that would win the prize would be a live or dead body. If such a thing were to occur it would certainly be worth more than a mere ten million to the finder.

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  3. As long as they will be able to make this prize given to the potential winner, it's fine. Is this somewhat related to axa professional indemnity insurance? Negligence claim of clients, and damages done resulting in a lawsuit?

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  4. Because they know there is no Bigfoot

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  5. Texas llc might wanna see this and compare if they have the same findings. This might actually help with the increase of employment in a company.

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  6. I agree that this should be reviewed first by some financial modeller and see to it how they were able to give such huge cash prize. Impossible but true.

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  7. I remember having this itil financial management course and As far as I can remember incidents like this are possible. You just gotta have good resources.

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  8. A 10 $Million Cash prize?! Are those guys serious?! Well if that’s the case, If I got selected I might save the money, so that If I got older, I can spend it at retirement communities long island.

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    1. Did ANY of you read the article? Really? This is America's right here-- someone sees a dollar sign followed by any amount AT ALL and they assume that they can get in on the deal somehow without taking the time to read the words *surrounding* the dollar amount. And then sometimes, like you Ms. Morgan, said people use this moment to not only "enter" into this "raffle" (thank you, Mr. Campbell) but to shamelessly promote another business or website.
      Disgusting.

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  9. It’s a big money indeed! Is this for real? Well I am thinking of donating some of it to the working moms support group if I happen to be the winner of this raffle.

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    1. This isn't a "raffle". You have no chance of winning the $10 million dollar prize. Go buy a Lottery ticket and learn reading comprehension while you're out because you obviously did not read the article properly.
      Your heart is in the right place about helping others... but you're still an imbecile.

      --Soulvei

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    2. The contestants involved more than likely know that they have little to no chance of winning the prize based solely on the fact that they have a high probability of being eliminated. What they are REALLY getting is a boost for their YouTube channels, their websites, a slight amount of fame, and, lastly, a very slim chance at finding a smidgen of evidence that leads to the capture and/or death of a creature whose mythos date back centuries and can be found in many other cultures under different names.
      So is Spike TV going to pay any of these yahoos $10 million? No. Are they going to find anything? Highly improbable. Is this television show going to be available on DVD and Bluray shortly after the season finale? Heck yes it will. And people will buy it because if there's one thing that Jerry Springer has taught America it is that we LOVE trashy TV.

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