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All-Star Aces

Posted on May 4, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Yesterday we tuned in to watch the #StayAtHomeSlam, a Mario Tennis tournament featuring some of the biggest names in tennis, and a few well-known celebrities. The tournament was put together by IMG Tennis, and gave each of the stars $25,000 to donate to the charity of their choice, with the winner getting an additional $1M to donate. We saw tennis phenoms like Naomi Osaka, Serena and Venus Williams, and Maria Sharapova fall by the wayside, and in the end it was Taylor Fritz and Addison Rae (TikTok personality) defeating Kei Nishikori and Steve Aoki (DJ) in the final. Our favorite part of the tournament? John McEnroe showed up to commentate! Who knew we’d enjoy the ‘bad boy of tennis’ so much in this role?!

Do we think the fans want to see their FCFL players paired up with some of their favorite celebrities for a gaming tournament? Sure. Do we think they’d prefer to be the ones paired up with those players? Hell yeah! While we get the feeling that the fans first choice for a game wouldn’t be Mario Aces (no shade), we think they’d be up for just about anything. Maybe even an entire tournament where each round is a different game. One thing’s for sure – we know the fans would want a say in who they’re paired up with! After all, this is the Fan Controlled Football League, the only place where the fans call the shots!

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FAN Take: Being The Bigger Person

Posted on July 10, 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!

During last summer’s U.S. Open, there was controversy over whether or not Serena Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, was communicating with her during the match (we don’t believe he was). The only thing worse than a bad call is a bad call that overshadows a win – specifically Naomi Osaka’s first Grand Slam win. In an essay penned this month for Harper’s BAZAAR, Williams addressed the incident and revealed the text message she sent to Osaka following their match:

“Hey, Naomi! It’s Serena Williams. As I said on the court, I am so proud of you and I am truly sorry. I thought I was doing the right thing in sticking up for myself. But I had no idea the media would pit us against each other. I would love the chance to live that moment over again. I am, was, and will always be happy for you and supportive of you. I would never, ever want the light to shine away from another female, specifically another black female athlete. I can’t wait for your future, and believe me I will always be watching as a big fan! I wish you only success today and in the future. Once again, I am so proud of you. All my love and your fan, Serena.”

We’re impressed with the sportsmanship shown by Williams to her impressive opponent. So much so, that we hope to see the same kind of efforts made by our players. Do our fans have the same expectations as we do? If there is a heavily-contested outcome, do they expect there to be a dialogue between their players and the opposing team? Or do you feel that whatever happens on the field, stays on the field?

Power To The Fans!