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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: Degrees Only, Please.

Posted on August 7, 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!

The king of Taco Tuesday, LeBron James, is not too happy with the NCAA’s newest criteria for agents. In a memo obtained by ESPN, the NCAA outlined new criteria for agents: a bachelor’s degree, NBPA certification for at least three consecutive years, professional liability insurance and completion of an in-person exam taken at the NCAA office in Indianapolis in early November. The addition of the bachelor’s degree definitely seems like its targeted at Rich Paul, who represents James along with Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons and Draymond Green, and does not have a degree. Not one to shy away from voicing his opinion, James took to Twitter to talk about what can only be referred to at the “Rich Paul Rule.”

Where do the fans stand on this? Better yet, do the fans feel that anyone hired as a coach in our league should be required to have a bachelor’s degree? We don’t expect all of our fans to have degrees, and they’re the ones who are calling the plays! But what about Offensive and Defensive Coordinators? Will a degree impact their ability to run practice each week or manage personnel on the sidelines? And what about the players themselves? Should they be required to have a bachelor’s degree? Is an associate’s degree sufficient? Whatever your opinion, sound off!

Power To The Fans!

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FAN TAKE – ATHLETES GETTING INVOLVED

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!

It’s easy for an athlete to get caught slipping up in the public eye by saying or doing the wrong thing, especially on social media. But for a star athlete like LeBron James, it’s much easier to get noticed for doing something good in the community. Thanks to the LeBron James Family Foundation and the Akron (Ohio) Public Schools, a new elementary school for at-risk children in James’ hometown opened this week. He tweeted out that the first day of school “is going to be one of the greatest moments (if not the greatest)” of his life. In addition to the I Promise School opportunity, he has arranged for free tuition to the University of Akron starting in 2021 for all students that pass through the school successfully. The goal for James and the leaders of his foundation is to have more that 1,200 children pass through the school and into college by 2029.

James isn’t on his own here, plenty of other athletes are praised for the work they do in the community and through various non-profits. JJ Watt dominated the news circuit after Hurricane Harvey decimated Houston, TX and his fundraising efforts topped $37M. David Beckham and Serena Williams work as ambassadors with UNICEF. Albert Pujols, along with his wife, run the Pujols Family Foundation, geared toward providing resources for families and children who live with Down syndrome. The list goes on and on.

Should FCFL athletes be required to give back? We will definitely be getting involved at the team and league level with important causes. As fans, what causes are important to you? Do you believe we should require our athletes to participate and volunteer their time? How should we direct our efforts to give back? As our fans, you are the decision makers, and we want to hear from YOU!

Power To The FANS!