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FAN Take: Leaning Into Virtual Entertainment

Posted on May 20, 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!

A little Coronavirus isn’t going to ruin the Washington Nationals’ party! After a well-deserved World Series win over the Houston Astros, it’s time for the Nationals to unveil their championship rings. Of course, due to the pandemic, the team had to get a little creative. This Sunday night, fans can tune in to a livestream featuring several members of the team as they show off what they worked so hard for. What can fans expect aside from some gaudy hardware? We’re going to guess that the players are going to take their outfits to the next level and incorporate some *interesting* Zoom backgrounds.

Virtual entertainment is part of the new normal, at least for the foreseeable future. And that’s just something we all need to come to terms with as fans. But the good news is we’ve been exposed to new sources of entertainment we didn’t know we needed in our lives, like marble racing. So, what other ways do fans want to be engaged virtually? We’ve already shared plans for virtual interviews with team coordinators and athletes, but what else do the fans want to do? What about virtual team meetings with their Fan Captains? Or maybe Zoom ‘press conferences’ with our FCFL Co-Founders, when they drop some major news for you? The possibilities are endless, especially in a league created FOR the fans, so sound off and let us know what you think!

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FAN Take: Modifying The Fan Experience

Posted on May 13, 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!

One of the few highlights of quarantine has been Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl’s storytelling, but this week he took his talents to The Atlantic, writing about the hole that the lack of live music has left in our lives. We feel that, just as strongly with live music as we do with live sports (what a surprise), and know the fans do too. But thankfully, artists are taking notice and doing what they can. While it may not be live, per se, people are still experiencing concerts in a different way. Some artists are doing livestreams, others are making past recordings of their concerts available on their YouTube channels, and a select few are doing special concert events in Fortnite.

We’ve previously discussed the impact that VR elements have added to live events for both fans in the stands and those watching from the comfort of home – from an augmented reality K-pop group performing at League of Legends Worlds to the Baltimore Ravens unleashing a bird to soar across the stadium. At the FCFL, we’re all about amplifying the league experience for the digital fan, so we need your help here! We want to know what would amplify the experience of every game for you. Do you want to feel truly immersed into the game with VR elements? Do you want to see those elements utilized to help you feel more connected to your specific team? Or the game you’re watching as a whole? Let us know, fans! At this point, anything is possible!

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FAN Take: Let’s Play Ball… Well, Maybe

Posted on April 29, 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!

We’ve been in quarantine for what feels like an eternity, with the bulk of us at the FCFL currently in the range of Day 60 – but things are looking up. Per USA Today, the MLB is looking to make a comeback towards the end of June, but definitely by July 2. The plan was shared by ‘MLB Officials,’ who want to remain anonymous because this is all still under consideration. Needless to say, we’re thrilled someone in the league offices leaked this information.

The plan would abandon current league structure, and instead establish three separate 10-team divisions, that would allow for teams to play in their own (fanless) ballparks. While the stadiums will remain empty, fans would be able to catch 100 games from the comfort of home. The proposed divisions would look like this:

  • East: New York Mets, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins
  • West: Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners
  • Central: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers

It should go without saying, but this plan is pending approval of medical experts, league officials, and team owners. But, what do you think of all this, fans? Are you excited to have sports back, even with the stadiums being empty? Are you looking forward to seeing the Dodgers and Astros in the same division after the Astros were exposed for cheating? Or are you more on the glass half-empty side, and are waiting for approval from the MLB before getting too excited? Let us know what you think!

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FAN Take: Draft Day

Posted on April 22, 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 NFL Draft Eve, normally one of our favorite times of the year, but things are clearly different this time around. There won’t be giant parties for the incoming rookies to celebrate, there won’t be crowds outside of every team’s stadium watching to see who they’re adding to their respective rosters, and there won’t be war rooms for every team to huddle up in and make their selections. But that’s okay, because at the end of the day, we’re going to see a bunch of talented players have their dreams come true. But no dreams will come true for Roger Goodell. His career-long dream of walking on stage without a large crowd booing him will have to wait another year at the very least, thanks to Bud Light.

Either way, we’re excited to see how teams use their picks to shape their 2020-21 season rosters, especially teams like the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins, who practically need to rebuild their teams entirely to get back on track. We think this is something that our fans can resonate with, because they will be doing the same thing in our inaugural year – building their team from the ground up. We asked the fans to sound off on what position they would be gunning for with their first pick in the FCFL Draft, and it’s becoming pretty clear that our fans want to nail down the perfect quarterback before filling out the rest of the roster. But what about the next few picks? Are they going to move straight into snatching up all the best receivers? Or do they want to cycle through receivers, o-line and d-line? Maybe they want to take cues on what positions should come next from their respective offensive and defensive coordinators? Or even their Team Owners | Fan Captains? Let us know how you’d use your picks in the first-ever FCFL draft!

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FAN Take: Like Taking Candy From a Baby

Posted on April 15, 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!

We know, you’ve probably moved past the nightmare that is the new Los Angeles Rams logo (unless you’re a Rams fan), so now we need to talk about the Indianapolis Colts. While they didn’t do an entire overhaul of their brand, they did release a new secondary logo that includes an outline of the state of Indiana. Sounds pretty cool, right? Cathedral High School sure thought so, considering they’ve been using a nearly-identical logo for four years.

The logo was designed by their previous football coach, Jere Kubuske after the school needed a new one…because they had been infringing upon Notre Dame’s famous Leprechaun logo. Before you say “Okay, like the Colts are going to know about some high school logo, get real” – like we did at first – there are a few reasons the team SHOULD have known. Aside from the Colts regularly being tagged in posts because of the school using their facilities – the Irish have played in five state championship games at Lucas Oil Stadium – the Colts even have some Cathedral High alumni on their roster.

We need you to sound off, fans. Do you think the Colts’ secondary mark is a direct rip-off of Cathedral High School’s? Do you think the Colts should move on to a new logo, or should they come to some kind of agreement with Coach Kubuske and the school? Should it be taken into consideration that plenty of high schools use logos similar to that of professional and collegiate teams? And more importantly, are you planning on doing your own due diligence when coming up with logo ideas for your FCFL team?

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FAN Take: Playing Together

Posted on April 8, 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!

Leave it to Nike to swoop in and hit people in the feels this morning with the release of their newest ad. With images of athletes – famous, not famous, young, and old – set to an orchestral arrangement you typically hear during a major turning point in a movie, we’re reminded that we’re not alone in this. There’s one powerful line of text that appears in the ad that we can’t get out of our heads: “We may not be playing together, but we’ll keep moving forward – all 7.8 billion of us.” If that doesn’t give you some kind of sense of hope or inspiration, we don’t know what will.

Tell us fans, how are you “playing at home”? Are you devoting some time to Madden, to really keep your play-calling skills up to date ahead of our inaugural season? Are you spending time focusing on training at home, with hopes of making one of the eight FCFL teams?  Or perhaps you’re working on your dance moves, just in case you get selected as a cheerleader for one of our teams. Whatever it is you’re doing, let us know! Who knows, you might inspire us to find a new way to spend some of our free time!

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FAN Take: Taking Back the Game

Posted on March 18, 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!

After MLB announced it would be postponing the start of the season, but before the government issued some strict guidelines on how to help ‘flatten the curve’ of the COVID-19 pandemic, some players were looking to take back the game. Last week Trevor Bauer, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, put out a call to all MLB and MiLB players still in Arizona to meet up for a sandlot-style game. A few fans that were in town for Spring Training quickly responded to Bauer’s tweet asking if they could get in on the action, but ultimately Tommy Pham (San Diego Padres), Zac Rosscup (Colorado Rockies), Karsen Lindell (Rocky Mountain Vibes), and Patrick Wisdom (Seattle Mariners) among others took Bauer up on the offer.

The game did happen, and it looks like the guys had a great time. While we love that these players were doing what they could to take the game back, we don’t think this will be an option in the near future, especially after what seems like half the NBA is testing positive for COVID-19. But what if these athletes found a way to take the game back, without breaking self-isolation guidelines? Would the fans want to see athletes from different teams and different leagues band together in another way? Maybe they can dive into streaming in teams, playing everything from Madden to NBA 2K? Or do you think the players should focus on spending time with their loved ones and relaxing while they still have the chance to? Let us know what you think!

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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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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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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!