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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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SNL Gets Into Gaming

Posted on October 28, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Esports are finally getting their due – in addition to the enormous prizes for live tournaments, the integration of AI pop stars, and widespread viewership on Twitch and ESPN, they’re being covered by the ultimate program in pop culture: Saturday Night Live. In Saturday’s episode, featuring Chance the Rapper as both host and musical artist, Chance reprised a previous role of an MSG Knicks reporter being thrown into primetime coverage of a sport that isn’t basketball. This time around, he was required to cover the 2019 League of Legends World Championship – of course without any knowledge of the gaming community.

Do we think fans want to see more of esports outside of Twitch? ABSOLUTELY. And yes, the caps were necessary; they were a must to show how confident we are in this answer. There’s been talk about esports making its way into the Olympics, so why not have them spill out into the larger world of entertainment? Do we think the fans will appreciate how spot on Chance the Rapper’s impression of a traditional sports fan learning about esports was? Of course. Watching that sketch reminded us of every time we’ve found ourselves trying to explain how our league is the gamification of traditional football. One thing is for certain, we’ll be rooting for the mainstream expansion of esports while we wait for the FCFL to get the SNL-treatment.