FAN Take: Straight to Playoffs

Posted on May 27, 2020

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!

It’s official, the NHL has announced that they are pulling the plug on its regular season. Instead of finishing the season out, 24 of the 31 teams will return for a playoff tournament – if and when the league is given the metaphorical green light to proceed. So while this might be their plan, there isn’t exactly a set date on when it would happen. The proposal outlines that the games would be held in empty arenas in two hub cities, with Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Vancouver all being considered. So who’s making it to the playoffs? Check out the breakdown from Axios below:

Source: Axios

We can imagine all the hockey fans out there are bummed that the regular season has come to a close, but we’re hopeful that the league will get the clearance needed to proceed with the proposed playoff tournament. We’re interested to know what the fans think of the proposal itself though! Do they think a total of 24 teams was the right number? Should the playoff format have been more inclusive, or more restrictive? Do they think the league should pick their hub cities based on what’s best for the athletes, or based on the earliest playoff dates? If this were the FCFL selecting a new location, would the fans feel differently about moving games? Or would it not be an issue, given that the league is being built for digital consumption? Sound off and let us know what you think!

One reply on “FAN Take: Straight to Playoffs”

Here is my idea: The FCFL Super series. Each team will play 5 games drawn at random during phase 1. The standings will be ranked by points for instead of wins, to make for more high scoring games. In phase 2, the bottom 4 teams compete in a double elimination tournament, with the final 2 teams proceed to phase 3, where as the top 4 teams will earn a bye to phase 3, making those 5 Phase 1 games very important. Phase 3 will be a single elimination 6 team bracket, with the 3rd place team choosing which team they play, and the 4th place team playing the team that wasn’t picked. After the first round of phase 3, the 1st place team will pick which team they play and the 2nd place team getting the team that wasn’t picked. From there the bracket will go as normal, and the winner will be declared the FCFL’s inaugural champion. Each phase would last 1 week, with a 1 week training camp to begin the season, thus making the series 1 month long.

Idea for location:

In order to get the super series running as fast as possible, we must find states that are open, are allowing gatherings of up to 50 people, and have little to no new Covid-19 cases. I believe that the safest state to play in would be Montana. I recently visited there and it was much more relaxed than my hometown of Denver. Barely anyone was wearing masks, and most stores were open. Montana is also one of the few states where the gathering limit has been extended from 10 to 50.


You know what would look really cool? The FCFL in an aircraft hangar. Now it sounds weird at first but hear me out, in Kalispell,MT there is an aviation center that has some really big aircraft hangars that could easily fit a 50 yard field. Since the hangar echoes, it would be easier to hear the trash talk and other on field communications, and no one would try to sneak in and watch because the hangar would be shut closed, and only FCFL personnel would be allowed in.


Before each day of play, all staff and players will have their temperature checked, and any at risk players may choose to not participate in the event. Each player and staff member will be quarantined in their own hotel rooms before the games. Substitutes will be socially distanced on the sidelines.


When will the Super Series happen? I would say training camp on the last week of June, so that on the fourth of July, sports fans could have at least something to watch, maybe we’ll do something special for that day, like American flag end zones.

Anyways, thanks for taking your precious time to read this.

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