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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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The FCFL is Ready to BALL With the Mamba Sports Foundation

Posted on July 15, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We know what you’re thinking – isn’t the Mamba Sports Foundation for basketball? Why would the Fan Controlled FOOTBALL League be doing anything with them? First of all, because they are freaking awesome. Second, because we don’t care about ONLY football. And third, just because it was started in part by NBA legend Kobe Bryant doesn’t mean they only focus on basketball. Broaden your minds, people.

But let’s get to the point. In conjunction with Quavo and Legends, the Mamba Sports Foundation is putting on the charity basketball game TOMORROW NIGHT, July 16th. That’s right, at 7:30pm PT, you’ll get to see the Migos rapper heading up one team, 2Chainz leading the other, and celebrities like Terrell Owens, Diplo, and Snoop Dogg rounding out the rosters. How could this NOT be the game of the year? That was a trick question; this is obviously going to be the game of the year. And where do we fit in to all of this? We are excited to announce that WE will be streaming the game! The ONLY place to catch all the action is on the FCFL Twitch channel.

What are you waiting for? Text LEGENDS to 313131 for more information on the game and how you can win the custom Nike Zoom Freak 1 kicks worn by Quavo in the game!

To learn more about the Mamba Sports Foundation, visit https://mambasportsacademy.com/. To donate to the Mamba Sports Foundation or purchase a ticket, click here. For more information about the Legends brand, click here.

FULL ROSTERS

QUAVO2CHAINZ
SNOOP DOOGDIPLO
YGTERRELL OWENS
AMARI BAILEYTYRON WOODLEY
MACHINE GUN KELLYKING BACH
JAKE PAULLOGAN PAUL
DAN RUEFAMOUS LOS
MARQUIS TRILLSAMMY WILK
CHRISTIAN COMBSBDOT
KEENAN ALLENDAVID NJOKU
LIL BIBBYBONE COLLECTOR
BRANDON BOSTON JR.TYRANN MATHIEU
BRITTANY ELENADEIVON SMITH
BLOC BOY JBTRISTAN JASS
DAVE EASTHERCY MILLER
K CAMPJADEN HARDY
JAY ROCKJOSH CHRISTOPHER
CALEB MURPHYJULIAN NEWMAN
DEVIN ASKEWKYREE WALKER
JALEN DELOACH
SHAQIR O’NEIL

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Tiger Is Back On Top

Posted on April 15, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

At 43-years old, Tiger Woods just won the 2019 Masters. Just let that sink in for a moment. His win at Augusta over the weekend was his 15th major championship. He could very easily just head on into retirement now with credentials like that, but we imagine he will keep hitting the links, ready to reassert his dominance in the sport after falling off for the last several years. This win marks the first at Augusta since 2005, and his first major title since 2008, before things began to go downhill.

We won’t go too into detail, but a few years ago Woods found himself on the cover of tabloids for weeks on end amid some personal drama. Sponsors began to leave him behind, setting their sights on someone younger, who wasn’t undergoing multiple back surgeries and frankly just not in the middle of a publicity nightmare. Except for Nike. Nike stuck around through thick and thin, and in the end, it paid off for them. Following the big win, they released a commercial depicting the highs and lows of Woods’ career, complete with a clip of him as a child saying that he’s “gonna beat Jack Nicklaus.”  We get the feeling that Nike has had this commercial queued up for quite a few years, but it was definitely worth the wait.

Clearly, Nike saw value in Woods when others didn’t. While others were quick to write him off, they stuck around to give him another chance. As part of your team’s front office, you will be scouting players, watching tape, and formulating your list of must-get players ahead of the draft. Will the fans immediately write off someone a little older or someone with a few surgeries under their belt? We don’t think so. Our fans have seen players succeed in the NFL and MLB into their 40s, so why not give a fair shot to someone with a little more mileage. Now, will the fans shy away from someone with a more “colorful” background? Maybe. They did when we let the fans vote whether or not Greg Hardy should be given a shot on the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles (we all know how that ended). We imagine they might be willing to overlook things from a player’s past if they are 1) an exceptional athlete and 2) changed for the better. At the end of the day, the thing that matters most is how the athlete performs.

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Serena Williams Was the Best Part of the Oscars

Published February 25, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

You read that right: Serena Williams was the BEST part of last night’s broadcast of the 91st Academy Awards (don’t @ us). During a commercial break, Nike aired a new ad narrated by Williams, “Dream Crazier.” Even if you didn’t watch the ceremony, you will have likely heard it by now because it is being shared non-stop across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and especially, LinkedIn. Seriously, I scrolled through my feed for at least two minutes seeing connections honoring the brand’s latest ad, and rightfully so.

The ad highlights numerous icons from various sports, including WNBA legend Lisa Leslie, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, and Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhhamad among others – all women who have broken barriers and inspired people all over the world. It was almost as if Nike looked at their much-talked about Colin Kaepernick ad and decided, “you know what, we can definitely outdo ourselves.” Thankfully, they didn’t include that as part of the narrative and instead chose to go with this show-stopping line:

So if they want to call you crazy, fine.

Show them what crazy can do.

Do we think our heavily male fan base were fans of the spot? Of course! Our fans know how to recognize true athletic talent, and that was one minute and thirty seconds full of female talent. Just because these ladies aren’t playing in the FCFL (yet), doesn’t mean our fans don’t care. Do we think this will teach some of our fan base to not call women crazy? Hopefully, but even if they do, we get a feeling they’ll soon find out what crazy can do.

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When A Brand Chooses Sides

By Annalece Montgomery

Flashback to August 2016 – Colin Kaepernick has caused a stir and a movement by deciding to kneel during the National Anthem in protest of racial injustice. Fans, athletes, coaches, team staff, and just about everyone else was divided and torn. While some were cheering on Kaepernick for making a statement, others were booing him for disrespecting those who have served in the armed forces. Following that season, he entered free agency and has not been signed to any NFL rosters, despite having 72 TDs, 12,271 passing yards, 2,300 rushing yards and a 88.9% passer rating in his career.

That brings us to yesterday, when Nike unveiled Kaepernick as the face of their “Just Do It” campaign, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. He has been with the brand since 2011, when he made his start in the NFL. Although terms of the new contract have not been publicly announced, it reportedly gives him his own branded line consisting of shoes, shirts, jerseys and more, and includes a contribution to his charity, Know Your Rights. It also puts him “in the top [pay] bracket of NFL players with Nike,” even though he isn’t currently playing in the league.

The announcement comes on the heels of arbitrator Stephen B. Burbank sending Kaepernick’s grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league’s request to throw out claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests. As a reminder, Nike is the current NFL sponsor for uniforms. That’s right, not only is Nike standing for what they believe in with this campaign, but they are sending a message to their partner.

We’ve been wondering for awhile now what the fans would do if they were in charge at the NFL, but now we’re really more interested in what they would do if they were in charge at Nike. If the fans were calling the shots at Nike, not only do we think they would continue with Colin Kaepernick as the face of their 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, but they would include other athletes that have faced the same criticisms. We’re talking about Eric Reid (San Francisco), Brandon Marshall (Seattle), Kenny Stills (Miami), and Seth DeValve (Cleveland), among others. While it can be more than just argued that Kaepernick has received the biggest blows as a result of his protests, we don’t think the fans would want the other athletes excluded.