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FAN Take: Boosting Fan Experience For the Digital Fan

Posted on March 11, 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!

Right now, the entire world is watching and reacting to the spread of COVID-19, or the Coronavirus. Major events like SXSW and E3 have been cancelled, music festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach are being rescheduled for October, and many sporting events have been canceled or postponed. As this pandemic continues to grow, we’re sure the list of the events impacted will continue to increase – which obviously creates concern with the NBA Finals just ahead, along with the return of MLB, March Madness, and the Olympic Games.

Last week when the NBA was considering hosting games without fans, LeBron James said he wouldn’t be playing if they aren’t in attendance. Little did he know, while the media was asking that question, the NBA was discussing whether fans should be banned from games or if the games in question should just be postponed. He has since changed his tune, but we won’t lie, we were pretty irked by his initial comments. Why? Because the most important thing in sports IS the fans – and their safety! It doesn’t matter how they watch their teams perform, as long as they watch.

Here’s the special thing about the FCFL, this league was not just created to give fans more control of the sport they love, but it also caters to the digital fan. While we do have seating available at our games, we built this league around fans being able to watch from wherever they want, on whichever device they prefer. So, without actually being present for games of the FCFL, how can the fan experience be amplified? Do you want to be able to do one-on-one video chats with your favorite players in lieu of a meet and greet? Do you want to see more content available before and after games, to get a better feel for how the players felt going into a game or after certain plays? Or, just a crazy idea here, do you want to be able to participate in the half-time huddle? Let us know how we can make this league everything you want it to be, even if you’re self-quarantined at home!

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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.