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FAN Take: Can Jay-Z Get More Fans For the NFL?

Posted on August 14, 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!

Yesterday, news leaked that the NFL and rapper Jay-Z were entering into a new partnership. Many people, us included, looked at the news and just thought, “huh?” In a press conference this morning at the Jay-Z’s Roc Nation offices, we got some more details on what this partnership is all about. Roc Nation, will serve as the NFL’s “live music entertainment strategist,” and will have Jay-Z “consulting on entertainment, including the Super Bowl halftime show, and contributing to the league’s activism campaign, Inspire Change.” Additionally, they will be debuting the first ever “Songs of the Season,” whereby five artists from different labels record songs for NFL promotional spots and perform at a Pro Bowl concert.

We want to know what the fans think of this – is this the NFL’s way of appealing to those they’ve lost over the Kaepernick controversy? Are they trying to bring in a younger demographic by engaging five artists to record songs specifically for the league? Do you think their Inspire Change campaign will bring in new fans that want to be involved in something bigger than themselves? More importantly, if you’ve found yourself losing interest in the NFL, for whatever reason, will this partnership bring you back?

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THE Most Important Word

Posted on August 14, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Let us start with the simple fact that when we heard about this story, our response was “LOL, okay” with a heavy eye roll. Ohio State University has apparently filed a trademark application for the word, “The.” It’s not as bad as it sounds though, the folks at THE Ohio State University are well aware that you can’t trademark a common word by itself. Per the United States Patent and Trademark Office, an application was submitted to include “The” on apparel for the school, as long as it precedes “Ohio State University,” whether written out or the logo by itself.

We’re sure we aren’t the only ones who get annoyed during NFL player introductions when guys say “THE Ohio State University” – it’s okay, you can admit it bothers you too. But is adding in “The” completely necessary, even if that is the school’s official name? We don’t think the fans will find it necessary. But will they buy any of the proposed gear with “THE” featured prominently? We’re going to go with a ‘no’ on that one as well.  

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History, Meet Simone Biles

Posted on August 12, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Over the weekend at the U.S. Gymnastics National Championship, gymnast Simone Biles solidified her status as the GOAT. First, we saw her land a double-twisting double somersault as she dismounted from the balance beam – making her the first person in history to perform it. Then to make sure everyone’s jaws stay dropped, she became the first woman in history to hit a triple-double – one of the hardest moves in the world – during her floor routine. Not only did she flawlessly execute it, but she literally FLEW through the air to do it. Per USA Today Sports’ Nancy Armour, “An NBC replay showed she was actually above its boom camera, which means someone could have parked an SUV on the floor and Biles would have cleared it easily.”

It should come to no surprise that after performing like that, Biles earned her sixth U.S. all-around title (making her the first woman in 70 years to do so), gold medals for floor, vault, and beam exercises, and a bronze medal on the bars. We’re not trying to jinx anything here, but we feel pretty confident about how the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team will do next summer at the Tokyo Olympics. We can’t imagine how stressed gymnasts from around the world are after watching those performances and realizing THAT is what they have to beat next summer.

Put yourselves in the shoes of an athlete that has just witnessed their competition pull off feat after feat, knowing you’re about to face off against them. If it were your team watching another team’s quarterback setting records, would you want them getting intimidated? We didn’t think so. When preparing for your team to face off against a powerhouse, we think the fans will want their team to focus on honing their own skills and running plays in practice until they’re perfect. We think the fans will even join in with their offensive and defensive coordinators when reviewing the other team’s film to identify weaknesses. When it comes to getting ready to play a tough team, we think the fans will focus on being prepared with a plan for gameday and spend zero to little time being intimidated.

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FAN Take: Degrees Only, Please.

Posted on August 7, 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!

The king of Taco Tuesday, LeBron James, is not too happy with the NCAA’s newest criteria for agents. In a memo obtained by ESPN, the NCAA outlined new criteria for agents: a bachelor’s degree, NBPA certification for at least three consecutive years, professional liability insurance and completion of an in-person exam taken at the NCAA office in Indianapolis in early November. The addition of the bachelor’s degree definitely seems like its targeted at Rich Paul, who represents James along with Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons and Draymond Green, and does not have a degree. Not one to shy away from voicing his opinion, James took to Twitter to talk about what can only be referred to at the “Rich Paul Rule.”

Where do the fans stand on this? Better yet, do the fans feel that anyone hired as a coach in our league should be required to have a bachelor’s degree? We don’t expect all of our fans to have degrees, and they’re the ones who are calling the plays! But what about Offensive and Defensive Coordinators? Will a degree impact their ability to run practice each week or manage personnel on the sidelines? And what about the players themselves? Should they be required to have a bachelor’s degree? Is an associate’s degree sufficient? Whatever your opinion, sound off!

Power To The Fans!

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Throwing A Flag On The New Pass Interference Rules

Posted on August 2, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last night in the Hall of Fame game between the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons, fans got a glimpse at how the future of pass interference calls could look – and it’s messy. Broncos coach Vic Fangio threw his challenge flag over a call in the second quarter and it was upheld by the officials. To no surprise, fans quickly took to Twitter to express their annoyance after an additional stoppage in play. Because that’s just what the NFL needs – more time wasted.

We’re not here to throw shade, but we’re feeling pretty good about our dedication to making sure our fans get the most action possible in our sixty minute games. Who wants to watch two teams play for up to four hours when they can watch all eight teams in the same amount of time? This shift also makes it infinitely easier for our fans to check up on the competition and prepare to call the right plays. But the first snap of our inaugural season, we will join you in groaning over the increased number of calls made this NFL season.

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Football Is Back!

Posted on August 1, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well, kind of. It really all depends on whether or not you actually count the Hall of Fame Game and the rest of NFL preseason as real football. Tonight the Denver Broncos will face off against the Atlanta Falcons in Canton, Ohio, which honestly, seems like a lackluster way for the NFL to kick off their 100th season on the field. Preseason is already difficult to watch, the least they could have done was pick a more exciting match-up. But we will say, getting a look at some of the rookies should prove to be entertaining. We’ll finally get to see what the 42nd pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, Drew Lock, can do now that he’s in the pros. You didn’t think the Broncos would actually start Joe Flacco, did you? Lock is currently sitting in the third-string quarterback position, but who knows, maybe he will make Denver forget they even have Kevin Hogan on the roster come regular season. Other notable rookies to keep an eye on include Noah Fant (Denver), Juwann Winfree (Denver), Dre’Mont Jones (Denver), Qadree Ollison (Atlanta), Chris Lindstrom (Atlanta), and Marcus Green (Atlanta).

Shout out to ClutchPoints for our favorite composite

Fans, will you be tuning in to the game tonight? Are you going to be keeping an eye on some of these rookies as you prepare for your fantasy draft? Or are you going to do something else with your night and just peruse through the highlights tomorrow morning as you countdown the hours until your weekend starts?

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FAN Take: Leaving A Lasting Impression

Posted on July 31, 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!

If you weren’t watching the Cincinnati Reds – Pittsburgh Pirates game last night, you really missed out. In the top of the ninth, Reds pitcher Amir Garrett had words with Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams before charging the Pittsburgh dugout in a cinematic style. The rest of his team soon followed, and an all-out brawl broke out between the two teams, including Yasiel Puig. We absolutely have to single him out here because just before the game started, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians. So, knowing that this was his last time suiting up in a Reds uniform, he had no issue jumping in and helping his team. It’s safe to say that during his short tenure with the Reds, he left a lasting impression on the fans.

While we don’t condone this kind of violence, we do love the dedication Puig showed to his teammates. We’re not asking our athletes to jump into a fight, but we do want to see loyalty prevail under the right circumstance. We’ve talked about fans’ loyalty to the team before, but what about the loyalty a player has to their teammates? Do the fans think it’s a must-have attribute for anyone they’re looking to draft? Or do they think a player’s loyalty should be to the fans, since they’re the ones calling the plays? Maybe there should be an overall loyalty to the team organization so that fans and teammates alike are valued the same?  Let us know what you think is most important!

Power To The Fans!

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World Cup Fever

Posted on July 30, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’re not talking about the FIFA Women’s World Cup – that was weeks ago. We’re talking about the Fortnite World Cup, which, if it taught us anything, it’s that we missed our calling as teenagers. Yes, actual TEENAGERS were taking home all kinds of prize money! Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, who is represented by the Sentinels, is only 16 years-old and walked away with a cool $3M. Yes, that’s right. Someone who is barely old enough to drive is now a multi-millionaire thanks to surviving six matches of a video game. He wasn’t the only one to take home money though. The player who ended in fifth in the Solos competition, Thiago “King” Lapp took home $900k. Oh, and he’s only 13. THIRTEEN.

While we frown at the thought of our unpaid student loans, let’s focus on the highlight of the whole event – the venue itself. Arthur Ashe Stadium was transformed into an immersive Fortnite world for everyone in attendance. From branded Slurp Juice for the crowd to sip on, to an actual zipline and a Lazy Links mini-golf course, the folks at Epic Games really thought of everything to make fans feel like they were in the game. As we build our league to really change the game of football forever, we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what the game day experience will be like for the fans – both the ones in person at the venue and those that are streaming on their mobile devices. This is the FAN Controlled Football League (as if you needed any reminder), so we want to make sure the fans love every moment of it! Whether you hate tailgates or love seeing yourself featured on a jumbotron, let us know! We want to make this the experience YOU want!

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College Football Memes: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Posted on July 30, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

The shirtless guy reading a book at a game. The girl with the death stare that makes you feel like she’s actually shooting daggers at you. The shirtless North Carolina State fan. They are some of our – and let’s face it, everyone’s – favorite fans in recent college football history. These are the people that have continued to bring us joy thanks to the power of a gif and cameramen with excellent timing. ESPN put together a piece that gives us all a glimpse into who these people really are and outlines the downside of celebrity meme status. What we’re most interested in though is the future of sports memes. We just hope that the best is yet to come when it comes to college football memes. Until then, we’ll be replaying some of our favorite moments. If you have time, we HIGHLY encourage you to read the full article on ESPN.

As you all know, we’ll be streaming all of our games on Twitch – so does that mean fan reaction memes won’t exist in the Fan Controlled Football League? Absolutely not! While we know most of our fans will be catching the game on their computers, tablets or phones, we will have stands in our studio for fans to catch the action in person. And don’t you worry – we will make sure our camera crew keeps their eyes peeled for strong reactions from the fans, whether they’re good or bad. On top of that, our games will be open for co-streaming. This means there will be even more potential for some truly classic memes – so keep your eyes peeled! Who knows, at the end of the season, when we’re handing out the hardware, we might even have an award for the the best meme!?!?

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Le’Veon Bell Finally Apologizes

Posted on July 29, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Le’Veon Bell knows how much of a toll the Pittsburgh Steelers hold-out took on fantasy football fans everywhere – and he’s sorry about it. In an Instagram post, he told fans that he was sorry he couldn’t pull through for them last year, but promised a championship this year. And it seems like his new team, the New York Jets, think Bell is going to deliver on his promise, urging fans to “draft this man.”

Some of us are still upset over the holdout last year (what a waste of an early pick in my fantasy league), but for the most, it looks like fans are excited to see what next season will hold for Bell. Considering he averaged as the No. 3 pick in fantasy last year, we’re curious to see where he lands this year as we are all prepping for NFL regular season with our fantasy leagues. So how does this effect fantasy drafting moving forward? We imagine that fans will be a little more reluctant to draft someone that hasn’t agreed to terms with their team. Some may even push to make sure their draft happens in the 11th hour to allow for the most accurate prediction for who will be playing where. We’re just glad we can avoid this issue in the Fan Controlled Football League. How, you might ask? Fans will know who is playing where at the conclusion of the draft each year. Sure, there will be a group of ‘reserve’ players that are part of the league but not drafted to a team, but it isn’t going to be an overwhelmingly night number like the NFL.