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COVID-19: Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Posted on March 23, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

2020 is officially the year we can’t have nice things – no March Madness, no NFL Draft in Las Vegas, and potentially no Olympics. While many sports leagues have been postponing and cancelling games due to COVID-19, the International Olympic Committee has stayed pretty quiet regarding the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, set to take place in Tokyo this summer. But that stops now! After USA Swimming and USA Track and Field both issued letters, urging the committee to postpone the games, Canada swooped in and announced that they would not be sending athletes for ANY sports if the games continued as scheduled, and urged for a one-year postponement. It didn’t take *too much* pressure from others to get the IOC to take action. Yesterday, IOC President Thomas sent a letter to the athletes acknowledging their frustration with unanswered questions about the games, and confirmed that cancelling the games is not an option they are considering. They will, however, have an answer within the next four weeks whether or not the games will be postponed or continue as planned.

Do we think the fans would want the games to happen as scheduled, but in a scaled back fashion? No. Aside from the incredible athleticism of the Olympics, one of the best parts is how grand the entire event is, from start to finish. Having a watered-down version of the Olympics just wouldn’t be as fun. Do the fans think postponing the Olympic and Paralympic Games is the right thing to do? Absolutely. While we, like the fans, are longing for the return of incredible athletes on our screens, we know containing this pandemic is far more important. So fans, take this opportunity to do your part to ‘flatten the curve,’ because the faster we do that, the faster we can have sports back!

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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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History, Meet Simone Biles

Posted on August 12, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Over the weekend at the U.S. Gymnastics National Championship, gymnast Simone Biles solidified her status as the GOAT. First, we saw her land a double-twisting double somersault as she dismounted from the balance beam – making her the first person in history to perform it. Then to make sure everyone’s jaws stay dropped, she became the first woman in history to hit a triple-double – one of the hardest moves in the world – during her floor routine. Not only did she flawlessly execute it, but she literally FLEW through the air to do it. Per USA Today Sports’ Nancy Armour, “An NBC replay showed she was actually above its boom camera, which means someone could have parked an SUV on the floor and Biles would have cleared it easily.”

It should come to no surprise that after performing like that, Biles earned her sixth U.S. all-around title (making her the first woman in 70 years to do so), gold medals for floor, vault, and beam exercises, and a bronze medal on the bars. We’re not trying to jinx anything here, but we feel pretty confident about how the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team will do next summer at the Tokyo Olympics. We can’t imagine how stressed gymnasts from around the world are after watching those performances and realizing THAT is what they have to beat next summer.

Put yourselves in the shoes of an athlete that has just witnessed their competition pull off feat after feat, knowing you’re about to face off against them. If it were your team watching another team’s quarterback setting records, would you want them getting intimidated? We didn’t think so. When preparing for your team to face off against a powerhouse, we think the fans will want their team to focus on honing their own skills and running plays in practice until they’re perfect. We think the fans will even join in with their offensive and defensive coordinators when reviewing the other team’s film to identify weaknesses. When it comes to getting ready to play a tough team, we think the fans will focus on being prepared with a plan for gameday and spend zero to little time being intimidated.