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FAN Take: Straight to Playoffs

Posted on May 27, 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!

It’s official, the NHL has announced that they are pulling the plug on its regular season. Instead of finishing the season out, 24 of the 31 teams will return for a playoff tournament – if and when the league is given the metaphorical green light to proceed. So while this might be their plan, there isn’t exactly a set date on when it would happen. The proposal outlines that the games would be held in empty arenas in two hub cities, with Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Vancouver all being considered. So who’s making it to the playoffs? Check out the breakdown from Axios below:

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We can imagine all the hockey fans out there are bummed that the regular season has come to a close, but we’re hopeful that the league will get the clearance needed to proceed with the proposed playoff tournament. We’re interested to know what the fans think of the proposal itself though! Do they think a total of 24 teams was the right number? Should the playoff format have been more inclusive, or more restrictive? Do they think the league should pick their hub cities based on what’s best for the athletes, or based on the earliest playoff dates? If this were the FCFL selecting a new location, would the fans feel differently about moving games? Or would it not be an issue, given that the league is being built for digital consumption? Sound off and let us know what you think!

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Pour One Out for the XFL

Posted on April 13, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

It’s time to add the XFL to the list of things COVID-19 has ruined. On Friday, it was announced that the XFL had laid off all their employees, and have no plans for a return in 2021. We’re going to miss the mid-game sideline interviews, the interesting kickoff rules (even If we don’t love kicking), and live play reviews. We’re still holding out hope for the XFL to make another go of it. Their 2.0 version was fun – whether you were watching the action on the field, the sidelines, or in the stands. Who knows, maybe they don’t have plans for 2021 because they’re just waiting to see what the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and others are going to do with their seasons. After all, it seems like shifts in season dates for the next year, at the very least, are inevitable.

While we may have roasted the end of the AAF (just a little bit!), we are sad to hear about the end of the XFL. It’s one thing for a league to not do well because of its own shortcomings, but it’s entirely different when a global pandemic destroys its future and potential for success. That is why Darren Rovell’s tweet on Friday comparing the number of games played between the AAF and XFL stung more than it should have. Never fear, the DC Defenders were quick to stand up for the league as a whole, and fire back with some serious snark. Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE us some Darren Rovell, but we love snarky burns even more.

Do we think the fans are going to miss the XFL? Yes. How can you not miss giant beer snakes? We’re sure fans were more than willing to ‘pour one out’ for the league and make their own beer snakes at home. Do we think the fans want to see the XFL make another go of it, once we all have a clear view of the future? Absolutely! We firmly believe fans always need more football in their lives. But more importantly, do we think the fans are ready for the return of sports? DUH!

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FAN Take: Work On Your Rage

Posted on October 9, 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!

This. Is. Everything. The Philadelphia Flyers made a major upgrade at the Wells Fargo Center for disgruntled fans: the Disassembly Room. In the room, fans work out their rage on dishes, guitars, and even televisions – all for a fee. We’ve seen rage rooms popping up over the last few years, and we can’t think of a better place to have one than IN your team’s stadium. Especially if it’s been more than a few years since your team has made it past the first round of playoffs. We can think of a few teams that may want to look at making a similar addition – we’re looking at you, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Orioles, and Detroit Tigers.

We understand disgruntled fans – we ARE disgruntled fans. How else do you think the Fan Controlled Football League came to fruition? But we think having a rage room on hand at games could have helped some people from making serious mistakes. Fans, do you think there’s benefit to using one of these rooms? Do you want to see something similar put in place at the home of FCFL games? Or, if you’re not local, would you like to see recommendations for a rage room near you? Let us know!

Power To The Fans!

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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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Barclay: The Star of the Stanley Cup Finals

Posted on June 7, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Alright fans, if this doesn’t make your Friday better, we don’t know what will. Barclay, the yellow lab you may have seen crashing practice or hanging with Doc Emrick (NBC) before a big game, was taken in by the St. Louis Blues last year, following in the footsteps of the New York Rangers who brought in a dog that works with fans with autism. He earned his name after a fan vote (you know how much we LOVE those 😉), and is named after former Blues player and coach, Barclay Plager.

The team agreed to be puppy raisers for a non-profit in St. Louis that trains service dogs. And we say the team, we’re talking about EVERYONE from the Blues, both on and off the ice. With his exposure to such a large group of people, 24 hours a day, he will hopefully graduate to become a service dog for someone with a disability or potentially a courtroom dog that sits with children who have to testify.

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Do any of our fans want to see a dog run out onto the field with their team on game days? Or for those planning on attending games in person, do you want to see one greeting you as you walk into the building? Or would you all be satisfied with seeing shots of your favorite players spending time at a local animal shelter in their downtime between practices? Let us know! In the meantime, we’ll keep our eyes peeled during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals to see if Barclay makes an appearance!

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Tornados Are No Match For Blues Fans

Posted on May 24, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’re taking a quick break from everything going down in the NBA Finals (we 👀 you stirring stuff up, Drake) to cover what’s happening in the Stanley Cup Finals. On Tuesday night, fans in the St. Louis area had more to worry about than seeing the Blues make it to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1970 – they were dealing with tornado sirens blaring, warning them to hunker down and prepare for the worst. But the Blues fans weren’t going to let a little natural disaster stop them from catching Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, with plenty taking to Twitter to share what they and their loved ones did in order find a place to watch the game.

We don’t think we need to state this, but absolutely want to put it out there: our fans are the BEST in sports. But that being said, the Blues fans are trying to give you a run for your money. Ignoring tornado warnings is a pretty big deal, but that doesn’t match the way you are all dedicating to building your teams from the ground up! And of course, we don’t want you to miss a single game… but we also don’t want you driving through any natural disasters in order to call plays on game day either. Stay safe out there, fans!

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FAN Take: Try Again, WWE

Posted on May 22, 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!

Thanks to Hall of Famer Mick Foley, the WWE just unveiled their 24/7 Championship belt on Monday Night Raw. The belt is defended 24/7, meaning that as long a referee is present, someone can challenge the holder for the belt anytime and anywhere, including across all of WWE’s brands. We’re just going to put this out there: that is NOT a belt we would be trying to defend based on looks alone. We’re not the only ones who think so, as WWE fans took to Twitter to make their disappointment known. “Great idea, HORRIBLE belt” seems to be the sentiment fans are sharing, with some going as far as to redesign the belt altogether. Fans aren’t the only ones taking aim at the design of the belt. Waffle House was quick to point out that it CLEARLY looks like it belongs in one of their restaurants. Now we’re just waiting for the WWE and Waffle House to give the fans what they want: a 24/7 title match to be held IN one of the thousands of Waffle Houses across the country.

Fans, what do you want the FCFL Championship trophy to look like? Do you want something timeless like the NFL’s Vince Lombardi trophy? Do you want to see something gaudy, like the Stanley Cup (which also serves as an excellent chalice…just something to think about)? Would It be comical to give an entire team of large, burley guys something small enough to fit in the palms of their hands? Or are you imagining something unlike any trophy you’ve ever seen before? After all, this is the first league of its kind, so it’s only fitting that we do something completely unique. No matter what your preference is, let us know!

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Boston Must Be Stopped

Posted on May 17, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

In the last 12 months, we’ve seen the Boston Red Sox win the World Series, the New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII, and now the Boston Bruins are on their way to greatness. Last night, the Bruins punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes with a 4-0 victory in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Now, we don’t hate Boston by any means, but come on guys, you can’t have it all. Leave some for the rest of us! Sure, the Celtics fully missed their shot to make this the year of Boston thanks to the Milwaukee Bucks, but we think we may end up rooting for whoever is representing for the Western Conference and heading to the Stanley Cup Finals. We got you, San Jose Sharks/St. Louis Blues!

We’re just glad you won’t see one of our teams adding to the success of Boston, because in the FCFL, you aren’t picking a team based on where you’re from. None of the teams have a hometown – they’re all based in the same location. This gives you fans an opportunity to really align yourselves with a team that a) fits your individual personality, b) has a Fan Captain that you love, or c) both. We’ve announce quite a few Fan Captains already, but trust us when we say, there are more to come VERY soon!

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FAN Take – Gaming: Connecting Athletes and Fans

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!

We’ve talked about well-known NFL players that have voiced their love for gaming, whether it’s PUBG, Fortnite, or any other game – but NBA players like Kenneth Faried are into it too! So much so that it was announced last week that the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) had partnered up with ReadyUp.  Together they will launch an “esports smart calendar that will act as the comprehensive source to find esports matches, tournaments, and livestreams that includes video game fan experiences and media events with NBA Players.” The players will be filling in the calendar with their own game livestreaming events so that fans are able to either watch or join in and play.

With 85% of NBA players playing video games, what do you think the percentage is like in the MLB, NHL, MLS, and NFL? How pumped would the fans be to see this kind of calendar put together across other sports as well? You could be watching Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels) one day and Marshawn Lynch (Oakland Raiders) the next? Would you rather watch these athletes stream or get in on the action? If you’re just spectating, would you team up with some of your friends to watch your favorite athletes? Would you want to see a calendar like the one NBPA and ReadyUp are making for FCFL athletes? Maybe even some of the coaches, depending on how savvy they really are? We want to know how important it is to you, the fans, to watch your favorite athletes get their game on!

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Andy Dolich Named Chief Operating Officer of Fan Controlled Football League

 

Andy Dolich is now the Chief Operating Officer of the Fan Controlled Football League. Previously, Andy served as a member of the league’s Board of Advisors. He is a renowned sports executive who brings over five decades of experience in the industry, including front office positions in the NFL, MLB, NBA & NHL. So, for those following along, Andy is a sports business OG.

This is what Andy had to say about stepping up his involvement with FCFL: “Over the past two years working with Sohrob and the FCFL management team I’ve seen and the significant progress they have made on this incredibly innovative new league. I wanted to spend more time helping the FCFL. It made perfect sense to join them in a more significant role. I’m excited to be a part of the FCFL, Sohrob and the team are at the forefront of what will become the future of sports.”

Returning the love, Sohrob shared the following, “Andy has been a powerful resource for the FCFL. His dedication to the league as a member of our Advisory Board provided us the opportunity to tap into his wealth of knowledge and experience when making some crucial strategic decisions over the past few years. Having Andy join the league full time is a game changer and another big endorsement for the FCFL.” 

Andy’s appointment comes soon after the recent announcement that Joe Montana, legendary Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion quarterback, had joined the FCFL as Chief Strategic Advisor and as an investor. Big things happening people, big things!!