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That’s a Wrap On the CBA

Posted on March 16, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Amid all the news related to COVID-19, over the last couple weeks you may have seen some of your favorite NFL stars posting about the collective bargaining agreement, proposed by the NFL. Some were very much for it, others adamantly against it, and some on board solely for the potential implications if it is not passed. While the CBA was approved yesterday, it was a close call. Of the 1,978 members of the NFLPA, only 1,019 voted in favor of the agreement.

So what was part of this new proposal? For starters, the fans are getting 17 regular season games, 14 teams in the playoffs, and the preseason will be reduced. Additionally, “there will be player-friendly changes to the league’s marijuana policy” and players will receive an increase in their portion of the league’s revenue. Don’t get too excited though, the changes won’t go into effect until at least 2021. The good news, depending on how you look at it, is that the new agreement runs through 2030, meaning we won’t experience another NFL lockout anytime soon.

Do we think the fans are happy with this new agreement? Yes and no. We think the fans are happy to know that they won’t go through another NFL lockout, but at the same time, we think they want to see their favorite players happy. And with such a narrow margin in the votes, we think a lot of people will have a hard time ignoring tweets from guys like Allen Robinson (Chicago Bears) and Eric Ebron (Indianapolis Colts), who have made their feelings on the decision well known. While we don’t have a strong opinion on the agreement either way (although we think that NFL preseason doesn’t count), we do want to hear from you, fans!

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FAN Take: Boosting Fan Experience For the Digital Fan

Posted on March 11, 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!

Right now, the entire world is watching and reacting to the spread of COVID-19, or the Coronavirus. Major events like SXSW and E3 have been cancelled, music festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach are being rescheduled for October, and many sporting events have been canceled or postponed. As this pandemic continues to grow, we’re sure the list of the events impacted will continue to increase – which obviously creates concern with the NBA Finals just ahead, along with the return of MLB, March Madness, and the Olympic Games.

Last week when the NBA was considering hosting games without fans, LeBron James said he wouldn’t be playing if they aren’t in attendance. Little did he know, while the media was asking that question, the NBA was discussing whether fans should be banned from games or if the games in question should just be postponed. He has since changed his tune, but we won’t lie, we were pretty irked by his initial comments. Why? Because the most important thing in sports IS the fans – and their safety! It doesn’t matter how they watch their teams perform, as long as they watch.

Here’s the special thing about the FCFL, this league was not just created to give fans more control of the sport they love, but it also caters to the digital fan. While we do have seating available at our games, we built this league around fans being able to watch from wherever they want, on whichever device they prefer. So, without actually being present for games of the FCFL, how can the fan experience be amplified? Do you want to be able to do one-on-one video chats with your favorite players in lieu of a meet and greet? Do you want to see more content available before and after games, to get a better feel for how the players felt going into a game or after certain plays? Or, just a crazy idea here, do you want to be able to participate in the half-time huddle? Let us know how we can make this league everything you want it to be, even if you’re self-quarantined at home!

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New Logo, Who Dis?

Posted on March 9, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well fans, it looks like the Los Angeles Rams have just leaked their new logo, and well… it’s underwhelming to say the least. And before you say “oh there’s no way that’s real,” let me just stop you right there, because this has been confirmed by Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson. The logo first began making it’s rounds on Twitter Saturday morning in the form of the NFL Draft and OTA cap. Since then, mockups of the logo on its own have hit Imgur, Reddit and the rest of the internet. Aside from this logo looking like it’s actually meant for the LA Chargers, let’s think about all the other things it resembles: the LA Fitness logo, a golden retriever’s tail, the XFL Wildcats logo in a different color way, something you could find on obnoxious t-shirts from gift stores in LA, and possibly the early stages of rebranding for LAX.

Do we think the fans like this? LOL – no, no we do not. Do we think it makes the fans angry to know someone was paid a boatload of money to design a new logo, and have THIS be the final product? Yes. And most importantly, do we think our fans will do a better job when it comes to designing their team’s logos? Without a doubt! Our fans may come up with logos that range from clean and classic to wild and crazy, but we are positive that none of them will be as bad as this. Now just for kicks, here are some of our favorite fan reactions from Twitter and Reddit – listed in no particular order:

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FAN Take: Buzzer-Beater

Posted on March 4, 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 one of our favorite times of year once again: MARCH MADNESS! An event that gets just about everyone you know hyped up for college hoops – even your aunt Lynda and that guy George from accounting, despite neither of them knowing what a jump ball is. So as we quickly approach the official start with Selection Sunday (March 15), there are two dozen or so teams on the ‘bubble,’ dying to secure a bid to this year’s tournament, including the Texas Longhorns. While many were glued to the TV for #SuperTuesday last night, Texas fans were watching their team extend their five-game win streak with a buzzer-beater against Oklahoma. The unreal shot unfortunately happened at an Oklahoma home game, meaning we didn’t get to see Texas fans go wild in the stands (we always love that), but we did get to see the sobering effect on the Sooners, who at this point are only considered probable for the tournament.

So fans, we’ve got some questions: Do you think last-second wins like this are more impactful than a win after maintaining a lead for a majority of the game? As a fan calling plays for your team in the FCFL, would a win like last night’s give you more momentum heading into your next game? Or would it have you taking a hard look at the plays you called, considering the score was so close until the very end? If it’s the former, how would you use that momentum to rally your fellow fans? And if it’s the latter, how do you encourage the other fans to take a hard look at their play calling abilities as well? Let us know, fans! We can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

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Patience Is a Virtue

Posted on March 2, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Oh, the New York Knicks. You want to like them, even if just out of pity, but their painful record over the last 20 seasons makes it hard to do so. In their consistent efforts to make necessary changes to turn things around, the team just named former agent Leon Rose as their new president. This isn’t the only major change the team has made in recent months, though. After starting the season at 4-18, the Knicks parted ways with coach David Fizdale, and named assistant Mike Miller the interim coach. So far this season, the Knicks are 18-42 – so it should come as no surprise that Rose is asking the fans for their patience with him, Miller, and the organization as a whole during this latest transition:

Can the fans really give Rose and the Knicks the kind of patience they’re asking for? Time will only tell. The real question is, if one of the FCFL teams had a perennially disappointing record like the Knicks, would the fans give them patience? Without a doubt, we’re going to say no! FCFL fans know that if something isn’t working, it’s either their play calling or their players, basically, it’s on THEM to fix it, and fix it NOW! It should be noted that FCFL seasons are significantly shorter than that of the NBA, so if the problems are due to the players, the fans don’t have to wait long before they begin looking at the new talent showing up in the next draft. But like we said, we don’t believe FCFL fans will put up with season after season of disappointment, but we also don’t think they’ll jump ship to any other teams in the league. We know they will do the hard work to improve their roster and their play calling!

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FAN Take: More Than a Baller

Posted on February 26, 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!

On Monday morning, tons of people tuned in to the Kobe and Gianna Bryant Memorial, and while many were enamored with the musical performances, Shaq’s sense of humor, and the updated Michael Jordan crying meme, we were more focused on Sabrina Ionescu’s tribute. It was impressive to see a young woman be so poised and articulate in a high-pressure situation. But it was more impressive to see her performance on the court just a few hours later. During the Oregon Ducks’ win over Stanford that evening, she made NCAA history by becoming the first Division 1 player EVER to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, and 1,000 rebounds. The season isn’t even over yet, so we can’t wait to see how high she sets the bar before hanging up her Oregon jersey for good. We said it on Monday night while watching the game and we’ll say it again: What 👏 A 👏 Baller 👏

How would the fans want to celebrate major milestones like Sabrina’s in the FCFL? Of course, we’d blow up player stats all over our social media, the same way Oregon did. But how do the fans get more involved? How can the fans feel like they are a part of the celebration? Should they submit videos congratulating their favorite players and teams, for us to put in a collection for those we’re celebrating? How about setting up one-on-one video calls with those players so the fans can personally share their message? Let us know how we can get you involved, fans!

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FAN Take: Reinstated

Posted on February 12, 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 was only a few months ago that we discussed the fight between Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph on Thursday Night Football, and the punishments handed down to the players involved. So why are we bringing it up once again? Well, this morning Myles Garrett was reinstated by the NFL, just a few days after meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. For his involvement in the altercation, he had previously been suspended indefinitely, for a minimum of the remainder of the 2019-20 season. What many fans may not know about the fight (shown below again, because why not?), is that Garrett tried to appeal the punishment with an accusation that Rudolph had started the fight by inciting him with a racial slur. Clearly, the suspension was upheld, and we didn’t see Garrett for the last 6 games of the season.

Yes, this is all over a fight between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, who went 8-8 and 6-10 respectively, but when you consider the fact that Garrett was the No. 1 Pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, his name carries some clout by default. We previously made the prediction that you, the fans, would not find the punishments fair, considering Rudolph received none, and that the fans would more than likely want to troll the players involved. But how would you handle Garrett’s return? Would you be annoyed that an indefinite suspension was issued, only for the absolute minimum amount of time to be served? Or would you prefer giving indefinite suspensions with game minimums to keep players on their toes? If you had suspended a player in your league in a similar way, would you leave it to the commissioner to decide on when they can come back? Or would you want this to become a league-wide fan vote? Let us know what you think, fans!

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Talk About a Come Up

Posted on February 4, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Most of the headlines about the Chiefs winning Super Bowl have revolved around Andy Reid deserving his first Super Bowl win, Patrick Mahomes proving the Madden curse wrong, and Kyle Shanahan blowing another lead in the Super Bowl, but our favorite that we’ve come across is all about Rashad Fenton. The DB has a long history with Hard Rock Stadium – he worked there at the concession stand while he was growing up just a few minutes away. He got started in concessions thanks to Miami Norland Senior High School, which had football students doing mandatory volunteer work assigned by their coaches. To go from serving pizzas and nachos, to winning his first Super Bowl – we’d call that a come-up.

Would the fans define this as a Cinderella story? While it is a great one, we don’t think the fans would qualify it as one. But do we think the fans can appreciate the triumphant experience of Fenton going from concession worker to World Champion in the same stadium? Definitely. And do we think the fans are excited to learn the stories of all the athletes we’ll have waiting to be drafted to an FCFL team? Without a doubt!

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FCFL Fans Accurately Predict Super Bowl LIV Outcome

Posted on February 3, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Super Bowl LIV did NOT disappoint! Last night we were given a close game, multiple turnovers, and some decent officiating – the latter being the most surprising 😏 We’re just glad that this game didn’t rely entirely on kicking! Ultimately, the Kansas City Chiefs that came out on top – much to the disappointment of San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who blew yet another Super Bowl lead. While many thought the game was over when the 49ers gained a 20-10 lead going into the fourth quarter, they were dead wrong. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs fired back with 21 unanswered points, giving Andy Reid the Super Bowl he worked so hard for. When asked how he planned to celebrate, Reid quickly answered: “With the biggest cheeseburger you’ve ever seen.” Honestly, if we were the ones who just won the Super Bowl after 21 seasons as an NFL head coach, we’d probably say the same thing.

The best part about last night’s game? Our fans just knew the Chiefs would come out on top. We polled across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and the results were clear. All combined, 57% of fans chose the Chiefs over the 49ers.

And if you need another reason to know why our fans are THE BEST – they called the Chiefs winning the Super Bowl back in September. Yes, they may not have picked the San Francisco 49ers to represent the NFC, but they did pick the Chiefs to take it all.

If there is anything we learned from this football season, it’s that our fans know what they’re talking about! We’re more confident now than ever before that putting them in control of their team’s fate is the right call. Now let’s gear up fot the inaugural season of the Fan Controlled Football League!

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FAN Take: Can I Give You Some Advice?

Posted on January 15, 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!

To quote The Root’s Michael Harriot, “Marshawn Lynch is a goddamn national treasure.” We’re definitely a little biased, but we completely agree. As we highlighted in our NFL Divisional Weekend Recap, Beastmode himself dropped some knowledge for all the young athletes out there, following the Seahawks being eliminated from playoffs: “Take care of y’all bread, so when y’all done, you can go ahead and take care of yourself.” But here’s the thing – that wasn’t all he had to say. His full, 90-second statement is something we think everyone needs to listen to:

We’ve talked before about the importance of mental health after Rob Gronkowski’s early retirement, but that conversation is being expanded upon thanks to our Team Owner | Fan Captain, Marshawn, who is bringing the idea of self-care to everyone’s attention. We just hope all the athletes out there – not just those who are interested in playing in the FCFL – are listening. But Marshawn’s latest interview has us wondering, if you could give any piece of advice to your players, what would it be? What kind of advice would you want them to be given by any of our Team Owners | Fan Captains, or even Co-Founder Ray Austin? More importantly, what kind of advice would you want them to give you? Given their diverse backgrounds, we’re sure that they’ve had some insane life experiences and have some sage wisdom to share!