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Last Dance With MJ

Posted on April 20, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

ESPN did us all a huge favor by dropping The Last Dance two months early, with the first two episodes airing last night. The 10-part series chronicles Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls – the good, the bad, and the Dennis Rodman Vegas trip. Fans were pretty excited for its early release, treating the premiere as an entire event, even planning their outfits for themselves and family members to wear while posted up in front of their televisions. We won’t spoil the first two episodes for you, but we highly encourage you to check them out before the next two drop on Sunday.

What other dynasty team, iconic moment or unreal athlete would the fans want to see ESPN cover? The Office’s Michael Scott, maybe? We’re kidding – although the spoof trailer did have us contemplating binging the show for what feels like the 100th time. We’re sure they’d be into a deep dive on Walter Payton, Bill Russell, or Wayne Gretzky – all absolutely amazing in their respective sports. But we’re going to go out on a limb and say they want to know everything about the greatest season in the Indoor Football League – 2017. You know the one, where our proof of concept team, the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles came to life, paving the way for this league to launch 😏 That is – until we’ve completed our inaugural season, in which case there would definitely need to be a follow up.

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FCFL Stands Out At TIF

Posted on May 14, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Yesterday, FCFL Co-Founder and CEO Sohrob Farudi joined Brandon McNulty (Legends) at the Technology Innovation Forum’s ‘Future of Sports’ panel. Sohrob was able to share what makes the FCFL so special and answer some questions from the crowd.

1. Where did you and your fellow Co-Founders got the idea for the FCFL? And how will fans be able to engage in your league any differently than they do with the NFL, IFL or AFL?

Watch Future of Sports – Part One from FCFL on www.twitch.tv

2. A couple months ago the Alliance of American Football, or the AAF folded in a very public way, drawing in criticism for all other football leagues trying to get off the ground. What are you doing differently to make sure you don’t end up the same way?

Watch Future of Sports – Part Two from FCFL on www.twitch.tv

3. How does having your primary distribution on Twitch change your business as compared to other more traditional sports that primarily air on linear networks?

Watch Future of Sports – Part Three from FCFL on www.twitch.tv

4. You’ve signed some big names as Team Owners | Fan Captains like Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman and Prince Royce. What will their responsibilities look like?

Watch Future of Sports – Part Four from FCFL on www.twitch.tv

5. How do you see VR syncing with the Fan Controlled Football League?

Watch Future of Sports – Part Five from FCFL on www.twitch.tv

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What Would You Do For a Winning Season?

Published February 12, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

It’s like that saying, “what would you do for a Klondike Bar,” only this time, the Cleveland Browns are being asked what they would do for a winning season. Apparently, the answer is to sign former Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt. As you may have heard, Hunt was released after a video surfaced of him shoving and kicking a woman in the hallway of a Cleveland hotel last February. For awhile there were rumors that the Washington Redskins would pick him up after a very disappointing 7-9 season. This should be interesting, considering Hunt is still under an NFL investigation. The Browns quickly released a statement to defend their actions,  saying that through their ‘extensive research,’ they believe he deserves a second chance. Okay then.

Hey fans, for those of you that have been with us since our Salt Lake City Screaming Eagles Days, do you remember that whole Greg Hardy vote business? Yeah, we do too. For those that need a little more information here, when we were busy running our proof of concept team in the Indoor Football League, we were approached by Greg Hardy’s people about an opportunity to 1) bring big name talent to our fan-controlled team and 2) help Hardy rebuild his public image. Because our mission was to truly put the fans in control, we let them vote on whether or not Hardy could have a spot on the team. The fans voted no, with a majority 50.1% of the overall vote.

Normally this is where we would guess what the fans would do if they were in charge at the front office and had the opportunity to sign someone with Kareem Hunt’s history, but this time we actually know: the fans would say no. We’ve always known that we have the BEST fans in the world, but it feels good to know you’re all better than the higher-ups over at the Cleveland Browns.

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FAN Take – When The Vote Doesn’t Go Your Way

By Annalece Montgomery

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!

In the FCFL, fans are going to be voting on just about every aspect of the league from team names, to coaches, to who their teams ultimately draft. It’s the concept that has drawn in fans from all over the world – the idea that they are making a difference in the league as a whole and within their favorite teams. But what happens when the vote doesn’t go their way?

Before there was the FCFL, there were the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles in the IFL. In a highly controversial opportunity, former Dallas Cowboys DE Greg Hardy was looking to rebuild his image by joining the Screaming Eagles. Given the headlines filled with his name, our co-founders handed the decision off to the fans. At the end of the day, fans voted with a 50.1% majority against letting him in to the league. The 49.9% of fans who wanted to see him in the league were unsurprisingly upset.

How will you react if the vote doesn’t go your way? Whether it’s selecting your team’s coach, or calling a play during a really crucial part of the game – are you going to pout? Are you going to complain that the wrong call was made by the fans? Or would you use the aggravation from that moment to push you to be more involved in the league? Remember, not all fan votes are equal. The more you interact with the league, vote for plays or submit a team logo idea, the more weight your vote will carry. We’re giving the fans that are truly dedicated more clout. So, what will you do?

Power To The Fans!