Wicked idea for dealing with round 10: Round 10 1/2: All players who are either on the tiebreaker number OR are one point [or half a point] above it go into the tiebreaker. If it’s “clean” [no tiebreaker for 40th], then everyone a point below [or half a point below] gets brought into the tiebreaker. In essence, a mandatory tiebreaker for everyone at the edge after round 10.
Yes, I know, it adds time and hassle [if too much time, make the tiebreaker round 10] … but think how exciting it would be to watch. Look at all those people squirming for the last spots in a one game win or go home situation.
For those who say this would just push the collusion incentive spot up one point, remember that it’s just 3 points from the cut to bye-land. I think the desire to collude would be noticeably less for those still having a good chance at a bye.