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FAN Take – Can Fans Be Entrepreneurs?

By Cody Alderton

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Popular video gaming brand, Xbox has been creative in ways they’ve included their customers and biggest fans in their decision making processes. The idea was to turn their customers into entrepreneurs. A video campaign released around Xbox’s innovative Design Lab has won an award at the recent Cannes Lions advertising awards.

Xbox Design Labs is the first online customization program Xbox has ever launched. It offers more than 8 million different color combinations to choose from, so customers can make the new Xbox Wireless Controllers their very own. Additionally, the controllers feature enhanced comfort and feel with textured grip, improved wireless range, and Bluetooth technology for easier wireless connectivity to Windows 10 PC devices.

Once a customer has created a design, they can name and claim that design, which then allows others to actually buy their design – and they earn money for it! The more their design sells, the more that individual earns. In fact, the top earner made $1131 and controller sales grew by 350%!

We at the FCFL love this idea and couldn’t be happier to see business models that put fans in the driver seat! Our fans will participate in our decision making process as well, and how will they be rewarded? With FAN Tokens, of course! Just like Xbox, we believe that fans should be able to make important decisions. Based on the results of Xbox’s model, fans are extremely capable! Xbox is certainly aware of the value of giving Power To The FANS! Are you?

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FAN Take – How Powerful Are Video Games?

By Cody Alderton

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

The Fan Controlled Football League is quite often referred to as Madden in real life. The reason being, our league is at an intersection of sports, blockchain, and video games. While it was hard to see at first, the evolution in video games, video game-like companies and streaming services to accompany them presents and an incredibly unique opportunity for interactivity and engagement with fans.

An article written by Adweek  looks at just how powerful video games really are. In conjunction with streaming service companies like Twitch, the gaming industry pulled in a whopping $38 billion in revenue last year! Within the gaming industry, we find mostly younger generations who are all communicating in brand new ways. And today, communication through these video games is booming.

Video games and streaming platforms allow individuals to not only watch some of the world’s best players live, but some also allow spectators to influence the game by commenting, participating, and playing along! Put that together with people’s passion for sports, and hype of the crypto community and you get the FCFL! We believe the FCFL will radically change the way we watch and play sports and video games, and we can’t wait for kickoff in 2019!

What aspect of the FCFL are you most excited about?

a. Sports aspect

b. Gaming aspect

c. Crypto aspect

Let us know! Power To The FANS!

 

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FAN Take – Does Enhanced Tech Help Sports Viewership?

By Cody Alderton

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

The U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club began on Thursday, June 14th, and Fox Sports’ opening day telecast coverage certainly didn’t lack controversy. Golf technology has made recent strides throughout the years and has successfully attracted younger, and more viewers of the sport. However, an article written by Sports Business Journal questions whether this technology has come too far.

The golf tech in question are the tiny microphones placed strategically around the course used to pickup conversations between golfers and opposing players as well as golfers and their caddies. These mics are placed around the tee box, around the greens, and even in the hole, which have provided TV viewers with fascinating banter between athletes in the past. But on Thursday, we didn’t hear many of the thoughts of Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, or the other athletes on the course.

Instead, fans “heard a lot from a loud and proud New York crowd.” According to many viewers, hearing from the crowd hurt the broadcast, and many fans found it distracting to hear their ill timed comments. That being said, the Fox Sports broadcast had its encouraging moments as well! TV viewers enjoyed other forms of golf tech including ball tracing, radar tech, flight tracking, and more.

Much like the advancements made in the world of golf tech, the FCFL will include its own cutting edge technology and aims to be a “technology playground.” The FCFL will leverage the latest in sports tech, from live stream helmet cameras to real time player biometrics, chips in the ball, and drones flying overhead capturing video game-like imagery of the action on the field.

Though meant to enhance the digital fan’s experience, we wonder whether any of the technology you might see in the FCFL will hinder viewership. What technology do you look forward to seeing in the FCFL? Do you think any of our ideas so far will help or hurt FCFL viewership? Let us know what you think!

Power To The FANS!

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FAN Take – CrossFit Games Encourage Fan Voting

By Cody Alderton

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Last March, the CrossFit Games took a page out of the FCFL playbook and allowed their fans to vote on which final workout the athletes faced in a qualifier in Iceland. Dave Castro, the director of the CrossFit Games, gave fans three possible options to choose from that would end up being the final leg of a five-workout series determining which athletes moved forward to Regionals.

The result? These CrossFit Games shattered its streaming record on Facebook with more than 1 million viewers and upwards of 300,000 comments! So, if you are looking for proof of fans wanting their sports to be more engaging, look no further. But we already knew that!

The Fan Controlled Football League will allow fans to make vital voting decisions as well, only our fans will make them on a regular basis. In fact, fans will vote on virtually every aspect of our league including league rules, team names, team logos, coaching decisions, play calling decisions, which players to draft, and more!

Our league is being built for this type of engagement! We are breaking down the barriers of city-based teams and optimizing the league for the digital fan. This means that no matter where you might be located on the globe, you can participate just like if you were in the stadium. All of our games will be streamed live on our Twitch page, and we are including all kinds of new and innovative technology that will make you feel a part of the action.

It all starts with your vote, which is why we need your input and participation! In the FCFL which voting decision do you think is the most important?

a. Voting on play calling during games

b. Drafting the players on the team

c. Creating and voting on league rules

Power To The FANS!

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FAN Take – Referees Engage Fans

By Cody Alderton

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Game 3 of the NBA Finals will include an avenue for fans to engage NBA referees during the game, according to an ESPN article. “The discussion is being facilitated by the National Basketball Referees Association and will be done from its Twitter account, @OfficialNBARefs. The referees will take questions using the hashtag #RefWatchParty. There will be a team of referees answering the questions, but they will not be identified individually.” 

Sports need referees, there is no doubt about it. Unfortunately, sports fans more often than not disagree with the calls that those referees make during games. Most recently, this was demonstrated in Game 1 of the NBA Finals in a play between LeBron James and Kevin Durant that left us all google-searching the NBA rule book. After the dust settled, the call on the floor was changed, Kevin Durant found himself at the free throw line, and the Golden State Warriors were off to a 1-0 series lead in the Championship.

Some of us believe the call on the floor should have stood, some believe that the refs were correct to change the call, but most of us were just simply confused. So the NBA has decided to do something about it. As fans, we deserve to understand the calls made on the floor, and the reasons behind those calls, right? We are interested to see how this plays out, and if the NBA is able to create a meaningful and impactful discussion around controversial referee calls.

In the FCFL, transparency is obviously very important to us. We want to be sure that our fans do not feel cheated by the voting process, the referees, game rules, or anything in between. Could an open dialogue between fans in the FCFL and league referees be helpful? Is there a downside to opening up this line of communication? Perhaps, we will find out tonight in Game 3 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. Let us know what you think!

Power To The FANS!