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Antonio Brown Comes Out on Top

Late Saturday night it was reported that Antonio Brown was headed to a new team: the Oakland Raiders, our soon-to-be neighbors in Las Vegas. The Pittsburgh Steelers walked away with a third and fifth round pick in return, along with plenty of criticism from fans of other teams for handling negotiations so terribly. Brown, who inked a 3-year deal for $30 million guaranteed, certainly came out ahead of the Steeler’s, who will be eating $21 million against the cap to part ways with the wide receiver. Ouch.

Aside from this being great news for Brown, it might be better for Jon Gruden and the folks over at the Raiders. Gruden landed himself one of the best wide receivers in the game, and the Raiders earned themselves some extra star power ahead of a big relocation – guaranteeing themselves to pick up fans along the way. But really, this news is most important for every wide receiver set to become a free agent this year. Brown’s deal just set a new benchmark for their agents to use in their respective negotiations. Truly, this is just the starting point for major wide receiver contracts – similar to the quarterback contracts we saw over the last few years where each guy managed to one-up the one before him by a few million dollars.

We know our fans aren’t the kind of people to tell athletes to ‘shut up and play’ – you guys like the drama and the story behind every player. But when it comes to negotiating with another team for a trade, we know you’ll do better than the Steelers. Sure, we won’t have $30M transactions, but we feel confident that you wouldn’t bungle negotiations as bad as the Steelers did. You’re better than that.

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WILSON SPORTING GOODS AND THE FCFL ARE TEAMING UP

Fans can rejoice! Wilson Sporting Goods and the Fan Controlled Football League are joining forces ahead of the inaugural season. You didn’t think we were planning on executing this league with just any old football, did you? As a league that prides itself on creating a real-life video game, it was a no-brainer for us to partner with a brand that not only has been known to provide a top-notch quality product, but one that will help us lean in to the tech side of the game more than some of the other leagues you’ve been hearing about.

We’ll be using the Wilson Connected Football System to help amplify fans’ decision-making power. Its actual game-changing technology provides valuable metrics on player performance. The system tracks Timing (snap to release; snap to target; release time); Throw Quality (spin rate; spiral efficiency), and Arm Strength (throw count; velocity). Like we said, this is an ACTUAL game-changer. The data will be available to all of your FCFL fan scouts after our tryout combines and during the pre-draft training camp and of course during the season. Can you imagine how this is going to impact your game-planning decisions?

So we’ve got this amazing ball partner with insane technology embedded, but what’s this ball going to look like? That’s where we need your help, fans! We’ve launched the vote for the official ball design. Really! You’re going to be watching this ball move A LOT this season, we want to make sure you like what you see. This is only one of many important decisions you have to make ahead of the first snap in June, and we can’t wait to see which design you pick!


Design One
Half Stripe

Design Two
No Stripe

Design Three
Full Stripe
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FAN Take: She CAN Play, and She WILL!

Published on March 8, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

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!

Flashback to Super Bowl LIII – Toyota had one of our favorite commercials, featuring Antoinette “Toni” Harris, detailing her dreams of playing in the NFL since she was just a kid. It was an inspiring moment for women of every age watching, which was a nice change from Budweiser’s Clydesdales, no matter how much we love seeing those horses.

Last week, it was announced that Harris, who played safety at East Los Angeles College earned herself a scholarship to play at Central Methodist University – making her the first female skill-position player to play college football on a scholarship. Technically, she has only signed her Letter of Intent so far, but if all goes according to plan, she’ll have that title under her belt. Get it, girl.

She’s just a few years of playing away from making her dreams of being in the NFL come true. She told ESPN, “I’m going to be working toward that until the death of me. Whether I go drafted or undrafted, I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep my faith and God is going to take me there.” If only all athletes could stay that humble and driven.

So fans, what’s more important for you when it comes to a player? We know the first thing you’ll look for is performance – do they have the skillset to take your team all the way? But aside from that? Do you value their gender over their level of commitment? If a woman proves herself in college that she can roll with the best of them, do you want to see her on your team?

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Serena Williams Was the Best Part of the Oscars

Published February 25, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

You read that right: Serena Williams was the BEST part of last night’s broadcast of the 91st Academy Awards (don’t @ us). During a commercial break, Nike aired a new ad narrated by Williams, “Dream Crazier.” Even if you didn’t watch the ceremony, you will have likely heard it by now because it is being shared non-stop across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and especially, LinkedIn. Seriously, I scrolled through my feed for at least two minutes seeing connections honoring the brand’s latest ad, and rightfully so.

The ad highlights numerous icons from various sports, including WNBA legend Lisa Leslie, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, and Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhhamad among others – all women who have broken barriers and inspired people all over the world. It was almost as if Nike looked at their much-talked about Colin Kaepernick ad and decided, “you know what, we can definitely outdo ourselves.” Thankfully, they didn’t include that as part of the narrative and instead chose to go with this show-stopping line:

So if they want to call you crazy, fine.

Show them what crazy can do.

Do we think our heavily male fan base were fans of the spot? Of course! Our fans know how to recognize true athletic talent, and that was one minute and thirty seconds full of female talent. Just because these ladies aren’t playing in the FCFL (yet), doesn’t mean our fans don’t care. Do we think this will teach some of our fan base to not call women crazy? Hopefully, but even if they do, we get a feeling they’ll soon find out what crazy can do.

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That’s a Wrap On the 2019 NFL Combine

By Annalece Montgomery

Yesterday the 2019 NFL Combine came to a close, but not without leaving behind some clear winners, like Montez Sweat, who stood out at the Reese’s Senior Bowl to members of our Virtual Front Office!  And the folks at SB Nation shared that one of the key things we all learned from the combine was that rumors are in full swing, especially for quarterback Josh Rosen. With the buzz about Kyler Murray going as the No.1 pick in the NFL Draft, it looks like the Arizona Cardinals QB may be out of a job. Even our very own Ray Austin called that in his recap of the weekend’s events.

Of course, the weekend wasn’t ALL about Murray – as Team Owner and Fan Captain Marshawn Lynch would say, it was all about that action. Sure, we watched a lot of hours of these guys run through the drills, but there was one moment that stuck out more than others: the annual Rich Eisen run. We have to say, the NFL Network’s Simulcam of Rich Eisen up against some of the best prospects, past versions of himself, and a rogue high school student was an instant classic.

We know a lot of you out there were watching based on the feedback we were getting in our DMs, but we have a feeling the fans were left wanting something more. We think if the fans were the ones running this, they’d come up with new drills to test the skills of these guys. Maybe some of you would want to run the interviews with better questions than what we heard over the weekend. Either way, we know that by putting the fans in charge, combines will never be the same again.

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Case Keenum Heading to Washington

Published on March 7, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Did everyone else feel their phones and Apple Watches vibrate with an ESPN notification saying that Denver Broncos QB Case Keenum was being traded away? And to the Redskins? With the Broncos acquiring Joe Flacco (and shocking Keenum in the process), it wasn’t surprising to see Keenum become a trade option. The best part of all this? Deadspin calling it like they saw it with this headline: “Case Keenum Banished to Life as a Washington Quarterback.” We felt that.

And now that Keenum will be suiting up with the Washington Redskins, he has one big challenge ahead of him – beating out Colt McCoy for the starting spot. The real question is, who would the HTTR-shouting fans prefer to see on the field in the 2019 season?

Based on the amount of trash talking that has already transpired between Team Owners and Fan Captains Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, Prince Royce and Chad Johnson, we get the feeling that they’re going to be taking this league VERY seriously. We can’t wait to watch them have their quarterbacks battle it out for the starting spot for the fans’ entertainment!

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FAN Take: Triple Threats

Originally Published February 28, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

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!

A lot of the time when you hear someone being referred to as a “triple threat,” the assumption is that they can act, dance, and sing. Which is great and all, but what about those who can ball, act and sing? Or even those who can exceed across multiple sports while also possessing a little something extra? These people are the real triple threats, and its time the world knows it.

There’s two-time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali who played Division 1 basketball at Saint Mary’s College of California. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was a defensive lineman for the University of Miami before making a name for himself in the WWE and taking Hollywood by storm. And let’s not forget Terry Bradshaw, famous Steeler turned broadcaster/singer/actor, recently reminded the world of his talents on Fox’s The Masked Singer.

So fans, when it comes to drafting players to your team, do you want to know about these extra hidden talents the guys might have? Better yet, when you’re going through their film and interviews, do you want to see these guys showcase their off-field abilities? Do you think these talents could somehow lead to an advantage? Or do you want to leave all of that to the side, focusing only on what their hard stats are? Let us know!

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The GOAT – Joe Montana – Joins the FCFL

Originally published September 24, 2018

By Annalece Montgomery

Big news, people! Hall of Fame NFL quarterback and venture capitalist, Joe Montana, is joining the FCFL as Chief Strategic Advisor and as an investor!

This is what Joe had to say: “I’m tremendously excited to be partnering with the FCFL. What this team has created is innovative, engaging, and will energize the digital age football fan. Fans will hire the coaches, draft the players and call all the plays in real time. It’s a real-life video game and the future of sports.”

Widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time, Joe Montana was not only a talented passer, but he was an inspirational leader with the almost magical ability to lead his teams back from certain defeat. During his Hall of Fame career with the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, he led his teams to 31 fourth quarter come-from-behind wins, including a 92-yard drive in the closing seconds of Super Bowl XXIII. Over 16 seasons in the NFL, Joe led his teams to nine divisional championships and victories in Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII, and XXIV. Additionally, he is a technology pioneer and partner in the early stage venture capital firm Liquid 2 Ventures, where he oversees and advises an impressive portfolio of start-ups.

In Joe’s role as FCFL’s Chief Strategic Advisor, he will be a driving force in the formation and development of the league’s brand messaging, integral in football and technical innovations and will provide invaluable expertise from front office operations to fan engagement.

Joe joins a diverse team of advisors with experience across all aspects of sports, technology and gaming, including the league’s appointed Chief Operating Officer, Andy Dolich. Andy 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.

According to our CEO and Co-Founder, Sohrob Farudi, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have the GOAT, Joe Montana, join the FCFL. As we continue to build and launch the sports platform for the digital fan, we will look to Joe for leadership and expertise in every facet of the league.”

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FAN Take: Smart or Selfish?

Published February 20, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

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 last few years, we’ve seen our fair share of record-setting contracts be made – and then subsequently topped – across all sports. Sure, some of these athletes are worth that big paycheck, but we can’t say that’s true for all of them. Now, we aren’t saying these athletes aren’t good. We’re just saying that the front office doesn’t always make the most financially sound decisions.

Let’s take a look at the Los Angeles Angels. Their star player (don’t fight me on this, you KNOW he is their best player) has a contract that expires in 2020. Keep in mind, his existing contract was a six-year extension valued at $144.5M. But now, there are rumors swirling that Mike Trout and his agent are looking for a ten-year agreement, securing a home for him until his late-30s. This same deal would be for $400M, a mere $100M more than what Manny Machado will be getting from the San Diego Padres. Give us a minute to pick our jaws up off the floor after thinking of how much money that is.

What we want to know fans, are the Angels being smart or just plain selfish with all these contract rumors? Are they getting Mike Trout for a steal? Or are they just paying whatever it takes to keep fans watching their games and buying their merchandise? If it were you in the front office, would you do whatever it takes to keep your biggest star – maybe at the expense of being able to pay what it takes to lure other players who would be key to creating a winning team – if it meant keeping the fans engaged?

Power To The Fans!

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Change Is a Good Thing for the NBA

Originally Published on February 19, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Over the last few years, there have been some big changes made to the NBA All-Star Game: getting rid of the East vs. West set-up, the televised draft, and diversifying the weight of the voting base to select All-Star Game starters. We might be a little biased here, but we think the addition of the televised draft this year is what made the game so exciting. The playful trash talk between LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo lent itself to helping the teams create their own personalities (wonder where we heard that before 😏).

Team LeBron drafted Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, and James Harden – three very outspoken individuals both on and off the court – as well as Damian Lillard and Klay Thompson, two likely future Lakers free agent targets. It was clear that these guys were going to be the showboats, their version of one of our own teams. Meanwhile, Team Giannis brought in Steph Curry, Kemba Walker, and Dirk Nowitzki among others, some of the more wholesome and humble players of the league. These guys played more like they were part of a brotherhood, working together without being too focused on their individual performances.

Not that you didn’t know already, but Team LeBron rallied to its second straight win with a 178-164 victory over Team Giannis. We even saw a glimpse of the LeBron we’ve all come to love (or hate, depending on which city you’re from) when he threw down an alley-oop from Kyrie Irving. If you aren’t a Lakers fan, just put yourself in their shoes for one minute. Imagine being stoked to land King James on your team, only for him to proceed to have a terrible season (sorry LeBron, but you’ve done better) and then perform like this in the NBA All-Star Game. Would you be A) confused B) hopeful or C) mad as hell. Because we know our fans are passionate, we’re going to go out on a limb here and say they’d be upset to say the least. When your team makes an investment in a $154M player, you expect some return on that investment when it really matters, not just at a glorified publicity event for the league.