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The ‘Baddest Man On The Planet,’ Mike Tyson, Heads To The FCFL Owner’s Box

Posted on August 6, 2019

We can’t begin to tell you how pumped we are about that headline! Fans, we hope you’re ready to welcome THE Mike Tyson to the FCFL Owner’s Box! For those of you that have been completely MIA during the last thirty or so years, Tyson is the Undisputed Heavyweight Boxing Champion, an International Entertainer, and Founder of Tyson Ranch. Tyson, who recently launched his own cannabis company Tyson Ranch, is also taking the world of podcasts by storm with the incredibly appropriately named HotBoxin, where he interviews LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, and Piers Morgan (Yes, really.) among others.

When asked about why he chose to get involved with the FCFL, Mike stated, “I’m pleased to come on board as the owner of the newest FCFL Team. I’m excited to work with the fans to create the Baddest League on the Planet. My team is looking forward to demolishing our ‘competition.’” When it comes to being professional in this announcement, he’s a man of few words. But when speaking directly to his fans? He’s a little more elaborate:

Watch Mike Tyson Team Greeting from FCFL on www.twitch.tv

Tyson’s main goal in the FCFL is to work WITH the fans that bring both an intellectual perspective and surge of energy to define the team’s image… oh, and to build out a championship roster. Duh. You didn’t think The Champ was going to get in an Owner’s Box and NOT bring home hardware at the end of the season, did you? His competition, if you want to call them that, includes Marshawn “I’m Just Here So I Don’t Get Fined” Lynch (or BeastMode if you want to get personal), Richard “I’m the Best Corner in the Game” Sherman, Prince Royce aka the best bootleg Pitbull we’ve ever seen, Kinda Funny (headed up by Greg Miller, king of the Milk Mommies), Bobby “Don’t Call Me the ‘Ryan Seacrest of Country Music’” Bones, and Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson.

If you have any doubts about how excited we are for Tyson to be joining the league, let Co-Founder and Chief Gaming Officer Patrick Dees clear that up for you: “We are reinventing the sport of football for the digital age and a cultural phenomenon like Iron Mike could not be a better fit for this league. We are impossibly excited for him to bring his unparalleled energy, legendary smack talk, and unrivaled will to win to the FCFL. The man is a total badass and there is zero doubt in my mind that Team Tyson is going to be a force to be reckoned with in our first season. And I for one, CAN NOT WAIT to watch him stream his games on Twitch.”

In the FCFL, we’re all about pushing the envelope, which is why we’re excited to be working with WAX to make Tyson’s announcement that much more special. In conjunction with WAX, we’re looking to get the fans stocked up on some seriously exclusive Mike Tyson merch! Enter to win a pair of boxing gloves, Mike Tyson’s match-worn shoes, or a football – all signed by The Champ himself. We’re not saying that if you win one of these items, you’re automatically at the top of the list of his team’s best fans, but Tyson might! This is just a taste of what WAX has in store for our fans for our inaugural season. The virtualization of our merch will allow buyers to receive their items in the form of vIRL, the dApp that virtualizes physical items, and can also redeem the vIRL for the physical version whenever they want and have it shipped to their address. As with all vIRLs, owners can trade, sell, or gift FCFL merchandise on the WAX Blockchain. What does that mean? Just like how we’re changing the sport of football forever, WAX is changing the way fans enjoy their team collectibles. This is WILD.

If this announcement has you HYPED, which, let’s be honest, it probably does, you can sign up for Tyson’s team here. If you’re still unsure about which team is the one for you, take our super scientific FCFL Team Analyzer to see which team WE think you should join. Who knows, you may even have some new insight on who you are as an individual when all is said and done.

And now for all the really official, buttoned-up language about the FCFL and our amazing partners, Twitch and WAX.

About the FCFL: 
The Fan-Controlled Football League (FCFL) is a real-world sports league where the fans are in charge. The FCFL puts fans in the general manager role for the first time in sports, allowing them to direct the action on the field by calling plays in real-time, and choose team branding, coaches, and the players that make the roster via a fan-run draft. Purpose-built to combine the passion of live sport, the competition of fantasy sports, the engagement of video games, and the global reach of esports, the FCFL is the first pro sports league truly created for the digital age. To learn more, visit www.FCFL.io.

About Twitch:
Launched in 2011, Twitch is a global community that comes together each day to create multiplayer entertainment: unique, live, unpredictable experiences created by the interactions of millions. It brings the joy of co-op to everything, from casual gaming and world-class esports to anime marathons, music, and art streams. Twitch also hosts TwitchCon, the biggest community event of the year, where tens of thousands of people come together to celebrate and connect with others who share their interests and passions. We’re always live at Twitch. Stay up to date on all things Twitch on Twitter and on our Blog

About WAX:
WAX is the world’s first blockchain built for global gaming and e-commerce. WAX’s patent-pending blockchain e-commerce and gaming platform is the safest and most convenient way to create, buy, sell and trade with anyone, anywhere in the world. The world of digital and physical ownership today is defined by its restrictions. WAX is building a future to where it will be redefined by its freedom. For more information, please visit https://wax.io and follow along on Twitter, Facebook and Telegram.

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Sherman & Beastmode Reunited in the FCFL Owners Box

Originally published November 29, 2018

By Grant Cohen

We are beyond stoked to welcome Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman as the first two FCFL Team Owners and Fan Captains. Of course, both are Super Bowl Champs and future NFL HOF’ers, but, even more than that, they are great guys who have a passion for football and love being fans themselves.

What is particularly rad about their involvement with the FCFL is that they are not just passive owners of new teams in our league who will be sitting in the owners’ box eating lobster and wearing suits – I mean honestly, can you picture Marshawn suited up?? He came out to see our new potential venue this week and flew in on a Southwest flight rocking a hoodie that said “Beast Mode.”

Instead, as part of their role as Team Owner, they will also be serving as the Fan Captain – meaning they will be the head fan for their squads and will help their fanbases make the decisions for their team. In the coming weeks we will be announcing six more Team Owners / Fan Captains for each of the franchises in our inaugural season.

The fan involvement will start in early 2019 with Marshawn, Richard and the rest of the Fan Captains working with their team’s fans to come up with the best names, logos and color schemes for their teams. While Beast Mode and Sherman will certainly have their favorites and will help to pick the best options – their votes are worth just the same as their fans, because in the FCFL the fans call the shots and there are not any special powers for the Team Owners.

The teams will likely take on the personas of their Fan Captains, with Sherman’s reflecting his style as a highly-intelligent, trash-talking, shut-down defender, while Lynch’s squad will be built around the aura of Beast Mode, creating a hardnosed brand of smash-mouth football with a modern and brash team swagger.

And as the season approaches fans of each team will work with their Fan Captain to draft their team’s players and coaches, and when we take the field, fans will be calling the plays in real time. But they won’t be alone in their decision-making. The Fan Captains will be co-streaming their team’s games on Twitch where they will be providing commentary on what they are seeing develop on the field and guidance on what plays they think their fans should be calling… So get ready to hear Richard call a whole lot of the other team’s receivers “sorry” and for Marshawn to suggest runs up the middle on 3rd and 20.

Over the last couple of months we’ve been working with Richard, Marshawn and their respective teams on putting together the details around their involvement and we’ve been extremely impressed with how engaged both guys are. Not just with their fanbases, but also how much they’ve latched onto the concept of the FCFL – where the fans get to have their voice heard for reals.

When we explain the FCFL to people, the number one football situation they bring up is the ill-fated pass call that cost Marshawn and Richard’s Seahawks team the Super Bowl XLIX title. Recently we asked Marshawn what would have happened if the fans had been in charge that day and had called a run instead – not surprisingly he guaranteed it would have been a TD (actually he said it would have been 10 TD’s, which seems a bit extreme).

We are hard at work getting the other six Team Owners and Fan Captains locked in – some will be other familiar faces from the NFL and others will be famous fans from the wider world of entertainment, sports and gaming, as our goal is to create a league where fans of all kinds can find a team that they really connect with.

So if you have any ideas for folks that you think would make a killer Fan Captain – hit them up on Twitter and tell them to get involved, be sure to tag us @FCFLio and use the hashtag #PowerToTheFans so we can rally the support of all of our fans to get their attention!

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Bobby Bones Is Your Newest FCFL Team Owner

Posted on May 30, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Bobby Bones, the man with a face for both television and radio is headed to the FCFL. No, he won’t be playing (although Bobby, we aren’t opposed to watching you try out for the league) – he is your latest Team Owner | Fan Captain! Before you ask, “what does an American Idol mentor, iHeartRadio host, New York Times best-selling author and Dancing with the Stars champion know about football?” Well guess what? Bobby has not only been one half of Roddick and Bones on Fox Sports Radio, but you also saw him a couple weeks ago covering the 2019 NFL Draft on both ABC and ESPN.

Didn’t catch the draft or his season of Dancing with the Stars? Then we’re sure you’ve heard him on the radio. Not only does he serve as the Vice President, Creative Director of iHeartCountry, but his radio show, The Bobby Bones Show, is syndicated all over the country across 140 stations, making his show the #1 Country morning show with millions of weekly listeners. He’s also the frontman of his band, Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots, making Bobby a modern-day renaissance man. Talk about a “jack of all trades!” Really, because that’s exactly how the folks at ESPN would describe him. 

FCFL CEO Sohrob Farudi, commented, “Country music and football go hand in hand. Adding one of Country Music’s biggest personalities – who was just recently an NFL Draft correspondent for ABC and ESPN – to our roster of Team Owners just makes perfect sense. What a lot of people don’t realize about Bobby is that he has incredibly deep sports knowledge besides being a fierce competitor, which we all saw when he won Dancing with the Stars. We’re excited to have him bring his legion of country music fans to the FCFL.”

When asked about why he became an owner in the FCFL, Bones, shared, “I’ve been a pretty proud football fan for as long as I can remember, but becoming an owner in the FCFL was a no-brainer because the fans literally lead the way and call the shots. It’s innovative, different and I’m excited for the #BTeam to join me in another crazy journey.”

Let’s get you caught up quickly on the other Fan Captains – we’ve announced Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, Prince Royce, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, and Kinda Funny. We don’t want to put words in Bobby’s mouth, but we think he’s looking forward to watching Ochocinco crumble in the FCFL just like he did on Dancing with the Stars. That’s right, he competed on the show as well, just in a different season. And well, he didn’t take home the Mirror Ball Trophy like Bobby did. We’re not taking sides here, just stating the facts. But he’s not here JUST for the trash talk – Bobby’s team is all about playing this game strategically.

Does all of that sound good to you? Are you like Bobby and planning on crushing this season by being disciplined and learning everything you possibly can about the game, your players and your opponents? Then register for Bobby’s team here and start making your voice heard! Team name submissions are OPEN, so act fast before we move on to the first round of voting! We know you’re going to come up with something great, we can just feel it!

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The FCFL Has New Team Owners – They’re Kinda Funny

Posted on March 18, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

That’s right! The newest Team Owners in the FCFL are Kinda Funny, with co-founder Greg Miller serving as their primary Fan Captain. Fellow Kinda Funny founders, Tim Gettys and Nick Scarpino will join Miller in helping the fans shape the identity of their team.

You might be asking, what do a bunch of guys that talk about video games know about football? Our first response to that is HOW RUDE!?! After all, that’s how WE got here. We’re a bunch of people that love playing video games, including Madden, and love to think we know better than the coach on the field. These are our people. These are YOUR people.

What does Kinda Funny have to say about this new endeavor? “Our business is built on the idea that we aren’t making Kinda Funny for our Best Friends but that we’re making Kinda Funny with our Best Friends,” said Co-Founder Greg Miller who is excited to join the FCFL, highlighting the alignment of brands. “The opportunity to own a football team where our audience makes all the decisions is the most Kinda Funny thing we could ever do, and we can’t wait to get out there and make a fool of all the pretenders to the FCFL throne.”

“Look – the Co-Founders of the FCFL are legit gamers and Kinda Funny Best Friends,” said Patrick Dees, Chief Gaming Officer of the FCFL. “Everything Greg and Kinda Funny does is done FOR their fans and that’s what this league is all about. Personally, I wouldn’t sleep on this group to go all the way in season one. They are in it to win it all and frankly, the other captains and team owners better be ready.”

Previously, we announced Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch, Prince Royce and Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson as Team Owners and Fan Captains, and they definitely have their work cut out for them. In their first official message to the fans, Kinda Funny is looking to send Prince Royce to the bottom of the Billboard charts and maybe help bail you out if you flip over Ochocinco’s car. The trash talking is definitely in full swing!

Does this team sound like the right one for you? Be sure to start submitting your team name ideas here before voting begins in a few weeks! Still not 100% sold and need a little help deciding? Take our FCFL Team Personality Analyzer to give yourself a little piece of mind!

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Global Superstar Prince Royce is next FCFL Team Owner

Originally published January 28, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

FCFL fans, we know you’ve been excitedly awaiting news of who’s joining Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch as Fan Captains. Well, we’ve got some BIG news for you: as of today, multi-platinum award-winning Latin superstar Prince Royce has joined the league as a team owner and Fan Captain.

Royce is the first team owner announced that is not from the sports world. He’s a FAN just like the rest of us! When asked about why he became an owner in the FCFL, Prince Royce said “I’m a football fan and have always dreamt of owning a sports team – the fact that the FCFL combines sports with tech and gaming makes it the perfect league for me. I love everything about it, and it’s awesome that fans can really participate and be part of the game in a way they have never experienced before.”

All eight FCFL teams will be based in a single location – so instead of rooting for their hometown franchise, FCFL fans will join a team led by their favorite team owner. Royce, Lynch and Sherman – and the other five team owners who will be announced in the coming weeks – will work alongside their squad’s fans to create the brand, voice and personality of their respective teams, as well as helping their fans through key decisions like hiring (and firing) coaches, drafting players, and calling the plays in real-time.

FCFL Co-Founder and CEO, Sohrob Farudi, talked to Prince Royce’s fit with the FCFL, “Prince Royce is exactly the type of owner we are looking for in the FCFL. He is not only a mega star with a hugely engaged digital fan base, he’s also a passionate football fan and gamer. I’m excited to see how he and his fans shape his franchise over the coming months.”

For those of you who don’t know Prince Royce, what’s wrong with you? Ok, well, probably nothing, so here’s a little bit more about him:

In the past 8 years, multi-platinum award-winning, singer/songwriter Prince Royce has become a bona fide Latin superstar, scoring 16 #1 radio hits, 22 Latin Billboard Awards, 19 Premio lo Nuestro Awards, 19 Premios Juventud Awards, 6 Latin AMAs, and 12 Latin GRAMMY nominations.

Royce has a massive fan base with over 55 million followers on social media and he has sold out many of the most prestigious venues in Latin America and the United States.

Some of his collaborations include: Shakira, Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, Thalia, Maná, Daddy Yankee, Becky G, Ludacris, J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Farruko, and Maluma, among others. Prince Royce has also co-starred as Peter in the Fox Live musical broadcast of “The Passion” in 2016 and was part of the cast of Hulu’s hit series, “East Los High.”

August 9, 2018 was proclaimed “Prince Royce Day” in New York by Mayor Bill de Blasio, in recognition of his contributions to society and for being a role model to youth in his home town. He has been induced into the Bronx Hall of Fame with a street named after him, and run the New York City Marathon to raise funds and awareness on education in public schools and kidney disease.