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FAN Take: Is Basketball Worth More Than Football?

Posted on July 3, 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!

As if you didn’t already know, NBA Free Agency has already proven to be WILD. Aside from the world still waiting to hear on where Kawhi Leonard will be playing next season, guys like Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson and Tobias Harris are bringing in serious money for their next 3-5 years of playing. With all these contracts coming in above the $100M mark, we can’t help but notice that the top NFL players are making just under half of that, at the very most. It’s not surprising that in response to all these new contracts, Houston Texans wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, posed this question: Do NFL players deserve top NBA players contracts?

Yes, technically, the guys in the NBA have more games to play each season, but it can be easily argued that football players put their bodies through so much more. On that point alone, it makes sense that top NFL players – not just the quarterbacks – should be getting compensated at a higher level. Considering that the Brooklyn Nets just dedicated a combined $305M for Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, it’s reasonable to think that someone like Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints), Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers), or Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles) should be able to get PAID when renegotiating their contracts. But that’s just our opinion fans, what do you think? Do you think that football players deserve just as much, if not more, than some of these top NBA players? Or do you think comparing athletes from the two sports is like comparing apples to oranges? What about certain positions having maximum earning amounts? Let us know what you think is fair!

Power To The Fans!

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RIP to Hopes and Dreams of Knicks Fans Everywhere

Posted on July 1, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’re not sure where to begin with this one. We could outline a long list of all the things the New York Knicks have done wrong recently, but that could take all day. Offering our condolences to Knicks fans everywhere seems like the only sensible choice at this point. We’re sorry that you will likely have to go through yet another rough season. We just hope that things WILL get better, you’ve been through enough as it is.

Free agency is normally the most exciting time, aside from the playoffs, in the NBA. But definitely not for the Knicks. The 17-65 team missed their shot snagging Zion Williamson in the draft after running Kristaps Porzingis out of New York, and now they’ve already set themselves up for a miserable off-season, despite the large amount of cap room they created to bring in some serious talent. They finally had a shot at a big name player that could really help develop their roster of children – okay they aren’t children, but they ARE the youngest team in the league. But, in true Knicks fashion, they blew it by not ponying up for a max deal to secure Kevin Durant. Really. The guys that gave Tim Hardaway Jr. a $71M deal a couple years ago thought Durant’s price tag was too high. This is only going to hurt the fans more, as they watch their rivals, the Brooklyn Nets, welcome Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan with open arms.

A few months ago, a fan was banned from Madison Square Garden for imploring James Dolan to sell the Knicks. He just wanted to be heard and see his team win more than 17 games in one season, can you blame him? So what happens when the fans have to get involved in order for something to change? While we have faith in our Team Owners | Fan Captains that they will work with you fans to do what’s right for the team, there’s always a possibility that one of them will go rogue and sink your team. What do you do then? We imagine our fans won’t put up with it. We imagine they will band together to not only align themselves on votes, but to let US know how they feel! Should any Team Owner do their team and fans wrong, we are expecting to see our DMs full. Remember, this is the FAN Controlled Football League – you’re in control!

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Leaving Well Enough Alone

Posted on June 11, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Talk about not listening to your body. Last night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Warriors forward Kevin Durant made his triumphant return to the court after a nasty calf strain he sustained in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Houston Rockets. Well, maybe triumphant isn’t the right word to use here, considering he proceeded to likely tear his Achilles tendon in the second quarter. He’s expected to undergo an MRI later today to confirm the injury, and we can’t help but hope for the best. That is NOT a feeling we want to experience. If you look closely in the clip below, you can see his tendon ‘bounce’ in a way that will send shivers down your spine.

We mentioned on Twitter that our Chief Product Officer, Grant Cohen, was likely celebrating in the office when he heard the news. Did we jinx it? Maybe. Do we feel responsible? No. Durant probably should have given himself a little more time to heal. We get that the Warriors’ medical team cleared him to play, but we get the feeling that Durant’s ego might have played a role in the decision. When it comes to players in the FCFL potentially missing a make-or-break playoff game, we think the fans would hope the players err on the side of caution. We don’t think the fans would say that one game is worth a serious injury that could affect their playing abilities forever. But of course, we’re all ears if any of you fans out there think differently!

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We are READY for the 2019 Women’s World Cup

Posted on June 10, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Sure, Kevin Durant was just declared fit for Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, and the Boston Bruins have forced a Game 7 against the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals, but the World Cup is here! You know, that major soccer event that comes around every four years, ever heard of it? The 2019 Women’s World Cup may have kicked off last week, but we are gearing up for the United States’ first match up tomorrow against Thailand at 12pm PT/3pm ET! You can watch their game, and all the World Cup action on Fox and FS1 in English, or Telemundo and Universo in Spanish. You can also catch them on June 16 against Chile at 9am PT/12pm ET and wrapping up group-play on June 20 versus Sweden at 12pm PT/3pm ET. For the full 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup schedule, click here.

The U.S. Women’s National Team is defending their title from 2015 where they defeated Japan in the finals, but their team looks a little different now four years later. With a blend of veterans like Carli Lloyd, Julie Ertz and Alex Morgan, and newer faces like Alyssa Naeher, Rose Lavelle and Jessica McDonald, we’re certainly feeling optimistic for their chances at being back-to-back World Cup Champions! We know soccer isn’t everyone’s favorite sport, but there’s nothing that unites the fans together quite like cheering “U-S-A” in head-to-toe red, white and blue! So fans, let’s rally and get your USA chants going! We may not have home teams to root for in the FCFL, but we certainly do for the World Cup!

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Golden State Makes It To 5th Straight NBA Finals

Posted on May 21, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Remember how we said Boston ‘must be stopped’ last week? Well, while highlighting the championships that city has been earning over the past 12 months, we may have glossed over our concern that the Golden State Warriors need to be knocked down a peg as well (This is the part where our Chief Product Officer, Grant Cohen, immediately stops reading and demands that this blog be taken down).

Last night, Steph Curry and the Warriors punched their ticket to their FIFTH-straight NBA Finals. And if you can believe it, the Warriors are the first team to do that since the Boston Celtics (1957-66) – apparently we can’t get a sentence in without mentioning one of those pesky Boston teams, even from a historical perspective! Just the way we are rooting for the San Jose Sharks/St. Louis Blues over the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals, we will be rooting for either Drake and the Toronto Raptors or the Milwaukee Bucks over the Warriors in the NBA Finals.

But first, let’s take a moment to focus on what happened in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. We watched Steph Curry completely dominate over his brother Seth on the court (Can you imagine how awkward that next family get together will be? Yikes.). Even without Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, the Warriors managed to sweep the Trailblazers out of contention by the end of overtime, by TWO POINTS. Just let that sink in for a moment. This comes after the Warriors trailed by 17+ points in three of the four games. Watching the Trailblazers let their berth to the NBA Finals slip out of their hands looked a little something like this:

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We’ve talked about tough losses( before, but this one actually made us hurt for the Trailblazers and their fans. Not only is there the sibling rivalry aspect, but this series really should have gone to Portland, or at the very least gone on for another few games. If you’ve got 1) a significant lead in three of four games and 2) two major players missing from the other team, and still can’t take down the Warriors, you’ve got problems. If our fans were running Portland’s front office, we’d expect that they might smash a few things in anger, at least initially. But after blowing off some steam, we think they would go back through footage from not just the playoffs, but the entire season to pinpoint what changes they need and can implement to better prepare for next season. That, and we think they will start (if they haven’t already) really diving deep into the 2019 NBA Draft Class, identifying the best person to take with their #25 pick in the first round.