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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.

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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!