Matt Amodio’s loss—whenever that may be—is going to be leaked in advance. And you’re very likely not going to be able to avoid it.
Unfortunately, that’s the nature of North American syndicated television.
If someone wants Matt’s loss to leak, it will leak. In order for the 200-plus local stations that air Jeopardy! on a daily basis to be able to air the episode (at times varying from noon to 10:30 PM Eastern, depending on where you live in North America), that episode needs to be distributed to the stations in advance. Once it goes out to the stations, hundreds of people have the ability to then leak the episode. And all it takes is one of them to do so.
This is how the video of Ken Jennings’ defeat got out, and this is how the video of James Holzhauer’s defeat got out: someone working at a TV station somewhere in the United States leaked a copy onto the Internet in advance. And once that copy gets onto the Internet, you can’t un-ring the bell: the Internet is going to know. (Places like r/Jeopardy might be able to staunch the bleeding, but their moderators have been given a nearly impossible task here. Even if they required moderator approval on every new post on the subreddit, the chances of them keeping spoilers out of individual comments will be next to impossible.)
Even on the day of his defeat, once the episode airs in Tyler-Longview, TX, Jackson, TN, or Meridian, MS (the three noon ET markets), you’re not going to be able to avoid the outcome: as soon as the episode has aired, it becomes newsworthy if the press decides it newsworthy, and you won’t be able to avoid the massive number of spoilers that will come out as publications put out their stories on the event.
Moreover, the hype about “tonight being the night that the streak ends” leads to an increase in viewership, especially live viewership, for the show itself. It’s generally shown to be a net positive for the show.
I know that a lot of people will be very angry at being spoiled when Matt does lose. But it’s unavoidable—and angry viewers will need to deal with it.
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