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FAN Take – Sports and Dating Make A ‘Perfect Match’

By Annalece Montgomery

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!

Earlier this year, both New York City FC and Manchester City FC announced that they’ve teamed up with Tinder to “create exciting and unique experiences for Tinder users and football fans.” Last April, a giant Tinder and Manchester City-branded blimp flew over the city of Manchester to celebrate the partnership. Last week, NYCFC fans had the chance to meet other singles at their Fan Appreciation Day. The first 50 Tinder users that arrived at the corner of Stanton Street and Essex Street were given free tickets to the game, with NYCFC players on site to distribute tickets and assist fans in finding their match. In case you were wondering, NYCFC faced off against the Philadelphia Union and won 3-1 in front of 26,000+ fans at Yankee Stadium.

We’ve already talked about some of the ways we can give back to the fans with one-of-a-kind experiences, but what about partnering with a dating app for a similar opportunity? There’s far more than just Tinder out there – Bumble, Coffee Meets Bagel, and Hinge are on the rise – but there’s also some specialty options like Farmers Only, Mullet Passions and Star Trek Dating. Should the FCFL partner with one of these companies to help you find love? More importantly, if we do, are we invited to the wedding? Would you like our players – the ones you’re drafting – help make introductions for you? What about getting them to help you write your profile bio? Or your wedding vows? Let us know!

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More Shake Ups For The Browns

By Annalece Montgomery

This has been an interesting season for the Cleveland Browns, to say the least. After going 0-16 last season, rookie QB Baker Mayfield brought home the W (and free beer) for the people of Cleveland with a 21-17 win over the New York Jets. Not only that, all of their regular season games have been fairly close, with the exception of their match up against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Browns currently hold a 2-5-1 record, with four of those games heading into OT.

With a vast improvement in both performance and record from last season, it led to more than a few people being surprised about yesterday’s firings of head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. The Browns have named defensive coordinator Gregg Williams interim head coach. Some people were shocked by the news, but of course, our fans weren’t. We ran a poll about Jackson’s firing on our @TheFANToken and @FCFLio Twitter accounts, and the results speak for themselves.

The internet has had a bit of a field day with the news, producing some top notch memes and one troll in particular creating a job posting (which has since been deleted, but we’ve got you covered with screenshots below) for the position on Indeed.com. Now, if these were our fans, we imagine they would handle the firing of their team’s coach a little differently. While we do think there would be some razzing of the coach in question, we also think they would be a step ahead of the game and have potential candidates in mind prior to the actual firing. We also think that after turning their team’s performance around, they may give the coach a bit longer of a grace period before giving them the axe. What do you think fans? Are we spot on with our guess?

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FAN Take – What’s Your Price?

By Annalece Montgomery

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!

Over the summer, we shared a story about a VERY disgruntled New York Knicks fan looking to sell his fandom to the highest bidder. Evan Perlmutter went to eBay to put his allegiance up for sale, saying he promised to “throw out my awesome Knicks trash can”, “burn no less than three articles of Knicks memorabilia” and root “whole-heartly” for whichever team the auction’s winner chooses. His opening bid request was for $1,973 in honor of the Knicks’ last championship in 1973. The winning bidder, James Riedel, assigned Perlmutter to his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, for $3,500. Unfortunately for him, the Lakers are off to a rockier start than the Knicks.

That brings us to the World Series. Last night, the Boston Red Sox took home the win for Game 2 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, leading the series 2-0. For those somehow unaware, both teams have severe rivalries with teams from their respective areas. Fans of the Red Sox completely detest the New York Yankees. Fans of the San Francisco Giants would rather see anyone else in the World Series than the Los Angeles Dodgers.

This year the series really is a battle of the best of the west and east coast, so we’re wondering if there are fans willing to cast aside their fandom to see a trophy brought home to their state or region. Giants fans, are you sticking to your guns and rooting for anyone BUT the Dodgers, or do you want to see the title back in California? What about the Yankees fans – are you rooting for the demise of Boston? If your least favorite team made it to any kind of championship series, would you root against them out of allegiance to your own team? Or would you want to see the best team win? We want to know!

Power To The Fans!

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Andy Dolich Named Chief Operating Officer of Fan Controlled Football League

 

Andy Dolich is now the Chief Operating Officer of the Fan Controlled Football League. Previously, Andy served as a member of the league’s Board of Advisors. He is a renowned sports executive who brings over five decades of experience in the industry, including front office positions in the NFL, MLB, NBA & NHL. So, for those following along, Andy is a sports business OG.

This is what Andy had to say about stepping up his involvement with FCFL: “Over the past two years working with Sohrob and the FCFL management team I’ve seen and the significant progress they have made on this incredibly innovative new league. I wanted to spend more time helping the FCFL. It made perfect sense to join them in a more significant role. I’m excited to be a part of the FCFL, Sohrob and the team are at the forefront of what will become the future of sports.”

Returning the love, Sohrob shared the following, “Andy has been a powerful resource for the FCFL. His dedication to the league as a member of our Advisory Board provided us the opportunity to tap into his wealth of knowledge and experience when making some crucial strategic decisions over the past few years. Having Andy join the league full time is a game changer and another big endorsement for the FCFL.” 

Andy’s appointment comes soon after the recent announcement that Joe Montana, legendary Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion quarterback, had joined the FCFL as Chief Strategic Advisor and as an investor. Big things happening people, big things!!

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Hollywood Says ‘No’ to Super Bowl LII

By Annalece Montgomery

There have been countless people saying they want to boycott the NFL – whether it’s for the treatment of Colin Kaepernick or their lack of enforcement of a National Anthem policy –add two more A-listers to that list: Amy Schumer and Rihanna.

In a post on her Instagram last Friday, Schumer wrote “I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it’s all I got.” She goes on to say that by not kneeling and giving in to the NFL, athletes and other performers are becoming complicit to the inequality and racism prevalent in our country. Schumer last appeared in a Super Bowl ad with Seth Rogen in 2016.

Last month, it was announced that Maroon 5 would be headlining the Super Bowl LII Halftime Show, which garnered A LOT of mixed reactions. However, it was recently reported that the spot was offered up to them after Rihanna turned down the opportunity. Per Rolling Stone, she said no “because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.” There have been additional reports that following Rihanna turning the NFL down, P!nk did the same thing.

Bringing it back full circle, in the same Instagram post Amy Schumer challenged Maroon 5 to turn down the offer as well. This is normally the part where we would guess at how the fans would handle the situation, but in this situation, we want to hear from you! How do you feel about artists and actors turning down involvement in Super Bowl LII? Do you think they’re overreacting, or do you appreciate them for sticking up for what they believe in? Let us know!

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FAN Take – Staying Busy In The Off Season

By Annalece Montgomery

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!

In June, Brooklyn Nets Forward Kenneth Faried took home second place at the Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am Tournament. Who would have thought he had such mad skills, let alone to be runner up to the duo of Ninja and DJ Marshmellow? He took home a cool $250,000 in prize money, with the stipulation that it had to be used for a charitable purpose. Following the competition at E3, he was excited to finish second and happy that he worked as well as he did with his replacement partner, CourageJD – his original partner, Summit1G came down with a sickness shortly before the event.

And with that, he’s used his winnings to establish the Kenneth Faried HAT foundation – the ‘HAT’ stands for “humble, appreciative and thankful.” While it’s in its infancy, Faried only said that the foundation would focus on using sports, including basketball, to help young people.

Speaking to SportTechie’s Joe Lemire, he said “I’m trying to teach kids to be this way through basketball and the fundamentals of basketball: teamwork, being a partner to somebody, being respectful, listening to a leader and not just a coach as a leader. Some players step up and become leaders. We’re trying to teach that through basketball and other sports.” We’re looking forward to seeing Faried’s foundation grow and impact the community.

Fans, how do you want to see our athletes keep busy in the off season? Should they take a page from Kenneth Faried’s book? Should they focus on giving back to their community? Should they do whatever relaxes them, including playing video games like Fortnite? How about combining their favorite recreational activities with giving back? We’d love to hear from you!

Power To The Fans!

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FAN Take – Shake It Off

By Annalece Montgomery

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!

We’ve seen a lot of great athletes falter recently, with their fans calling for their removal from the team, amongst other harsh comments. But when one of those days happens, how do these athletes pick themselves up and head into the next game with a clear head?

This week, Mason Crosby, veteran kicker for the Green Bay Packers missed four field goal attempts and an extra point attempt. That’s 13 points the team missed out on, and they fell to the Detroit Lions 31-23. We don’t need to do the math for you, but it’s not a surprise that fans felt he cost the team the game. At one point in the game, Crosby even switched cleats, but that didn’t help. It was an off day for Crosby, as he is the Packer’s career scoring leader and had made 10 of 11 field goals leading into this week’s game. Aaron Rodgers remained loyal to him in the post-game interviews, calling him “one of the greatest kickers of all time.” We commend the QB for his sentiments and being there for his longtime teammate.

In Sunday’s match between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs, we saw a similarly tough performance, this time from Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles. While he completed 33 of 61 passes for a whopping 430 yards, he also threw four interceptions. In post-game interviews, head coach Doug Marrone highlighted things he did right, acknowledged issues he needs to work on, and faced their faults head on. When asked of Bortles’ performance, he said “he’s a heck of a quarterback…he’s good on film, he’s good in person.”

If you, the fans, were the coach of a veteran player who had such an off day, what would you do? Would you be supportive? Would you call the player out in front of his teammates, or publicly? Would you move past their performance and focus on the next game – just shake it off and let it go? Or would you face the problem head on and make sure that game film is reviewed in detail with that player? We want to hear from YOU!

Power To The Fans!

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Brees Sets New Record

By Annalece Montgomery

As expected, last night in the New Orleans Saints match up against the Washington Redskins, Drew Brees added a new record to his career stats: most all-time passing yards. His 62-yard pass to Tre’Quan Smith pushed him over the threshold, and by the end of the 43-19 game, after throwing for a total 363 yards with 3 touchdown passes, he had racked up a career 72,103 yards.

The previous record was held by Peyton Manning (71,940), followed by Brett Favre (71,838). Running out onto the field, Brees was 200 yards short of Manning’s record, and 98 of Favre’s.

It was announced on Monday morning that if Brees were to pass Manning’s record, the game would be temporarily stopped for the Pro Football Hall of Fame President, David Baker, to collect the game ball. To nobody’s surprise, during this time the Saints went crazy and were fined for excessive celebrating.

After handing off the ball to Baker, Brees quickly rushed to his family – wife Brittany, sons Baylen, Bowen, and Callen, daughter Rylen, and Gayle Benson, wife of the late Tom Benson and current owner of the Saints. But it wasn’t just his teammates on the field celebrating – congratulations were rolling in all over social media from both former teammates and current competitors, such as Reggie Bush and Vic Beasley, and other celebrities including President Barack Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, LeBron James and James Harden. Aside from fans of the Atlanta Falcons, we think just about everyone was happy to see Brees hit a new milestone.

Now, we remember how the crowd went wild after the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles scored their first touchdown off of a fan-called play. Everyone – including Norm MacDonald – rushed the field to celebrate, and rightfully so. This was a defining moment for all the fans, both in attendance and watching online, the players, the coaching staff, and our front office team – OF COURSE we were going to celebrate! Now that we are turning our proof of concept team into an entire league, we wonder how the fans would react to their first touchdown or their first win. We’re guessing that the feeling the fans will experience next season cannot be compared to anything else, and that they will get rowdy in the stands and at home. We fully expect to see fans jumping for joy, screaming their hearts out, and befriending all their fellow fans around them!

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FAN Take – First-Female Announcing Duo Debuts on TNF

By Annalece Montgomery

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!

On September 27th, Amazon Prime Video made history with their first Thursday Night Football stream when they brought in a female announcing duo for the stream. Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer are both longtime veterans of the industry – Storm, an anchor for SportsCenter, and Kremer, a sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football. Storm will be “running” the general broadcast, with Kremer filling in as more of analyst role. The two are specifically not defined in an attempt to make the announcing more of a conversation of which the viewers are a part, as opposed to being “talked at.” To watch any upcoming Thursday night game with their announcing, select “Storm-Kremer” from the list of language options.

Many are wondering how this duo came to be. While Amazon did not have the intention of fielding the first all-female NFL announcing duo, it happened organically. Per Jim DeLorenzo, Amazon Video’s head of sports, “We didn’t go into it with the idea of an all-female crew. It just worked out that way and we couldn’t be more excited to have it.” Why did Amazon feel the need to bring in a new duo? Simply to bring more options to the viewers.

We think this is a great step forward for broadcast and streamed sports, and it has us asking the fans what sort of announcers they’d like to listen to during the FCFL’s Twitch streams? Do you care if the duo is all-male, all-female, or a mix of the two? Do you want someone that has been announcing for years – a veteran, a so-called expert, or do you want someone new to the game with a fresh perspective for our league? Do you want to hear a current or former athlete on play-by-play or perhaps someone from the entertainment world on color commentary? How about Madden experts or Fantasy experts? Tell us, fans, who will best enhance your viewing experience?

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A Bird For The Seahawks

By Annalece Montgomery

On Sunday’s match between the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals, safety Earl Thomas was carted off the field with an air cast supporting a clearly injured leg. And a middle finger held high in the direction of the Seattle sideline. Unfortunately for him, it’s official: Thomas has a fracture in his left tibia, the same bone in broke in 2016. Seattle went on to defeat Arizona 20-17.

To add literal insult to injury, it was reported that the Kansas City Chiefs had been eyeing a trade for the star safety. Thomas’s future with Seattle had been in question after he made it clear he was unhappy with his contract, which is in its final year. He decided not to hold out any further because $500,000 in weekly game checks was too much money to lose. Seahawks captain, Bobby Wagner, on Earl Thomas: “If he doesn’t come, then he’s not a team player. If he does come and gets hurt, then its ‘he shouldn’t have come.’…If I was him, I’d be pissed off.”

The photo of Thomas’s gesture has been making the rounds across the internet, and when ESPN posted it, Le’Veon Bell was quick to weigh in, commenting that he would “continue to be the ‘bad guy’ for ALL of us.” Other players have come to Thomas’s defense via social media, including his former teammate Richard Sherman. “Praying for my brother @Earl_Thomas. Most will never know the hard work and sacrifice daily that goes into playing this game. He will bounce back better than ever that’s who he is,” tweeted Sherman on Sunday night.

To nobody’s surprise, this became a hot topic on every sports talk show. Yesterday on First Things First, Cris Carter reacted by saying “That was not a classy move,” and that there are plenty of other players in the same situation when it comes to their contracts. During Skip and Shannon Undisputed, Shannon Sharpe seemed to disagree more with Thomas getting in the game, rather than the gesture, saying that he should have never played the game and drawn out the contract negotiation progress.

Here’s the real kicker though fans: Seahawks head coach, Pete Carroll, has Thomas’s back on this one. He said yesterday morning during a radio interview that “he had it all just totally figured out and was as emotional as you can get…Give him a little slack. This is a very, very, difficult moment that most people wouldn’t understand what that was all about.” Would the fans take this with such stride the way Carroll did? We think so! While it’s easy to get upset over something like this – and understandable even – it shows a lot of character and leadership to not see something like that as a personal attack. The head coach is not the only person in charge of making contract decisions. At the end of the day, the coach is there for their players the same way players show up on game day for their coach.