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FAN Take: How To Make An Announcement

Posted on May 6, 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!

Let’s face it, football fans everywhere are getting anxious. That’s typical for this time of year though. Normally, fans are coming off the NFL Draft high and are waiting for the upcoming season’s schedule to drop so they can start planning out their weekends. This year though, things are complicated. The NFL has looked at options for pushing back their start date and eliminating bye weeks in an effort to still kick off this year, but it sounds like their official plans are being kept under lock and key until tomorrow night. In a three-hour broadcast on the NFL Network, the league will provide ‘complete team-by-team and weekly schedules of all 256 regular season games, listing opponents, sites and times.’

Do we think three hours is a little much? Uh, yeah. Do we think the fans are going to have a hard time sitting through the entire broadcast? Definitely. When we release our schedule, we’ll keep this at the top of our list of what not to do. But how would the fans want to see our schedule released, if we are foregoing a 180-minute broadcast? Do they want us to drop it all at once, on social media and through their respective team newsletters? Do they want to see us announce it live on Twitch, maybe alongside some of our Team Owners | Fan Captains? What about dropping it, one week at a time? Let us know how you want the news dropped and how we can help you get pumped for the season!

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FAN Take: Closing the Gap Between Athletes and Gamers

Posted on December 11, 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!

Yesterday Twitch made a pretty big announcement that we think will get gamers and football fans alike excited. Twitch Rivals will be hosting a multi-stage esports event that pairs 16 of your favorite streamers with NFL players to compete in various tournaments over the next two months, leading up to Super Bowl LIV in Miami. Broadcasts will air every Tuesday, but aside from that, we don’t know much else. The 16 streamers and NFL players have yet to be announced, and the only confirmed game they will play is Fortnite. While we wish we had some more information to work with, we’re excited to see how it plays out. This announcement shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise though – Thursday Night Football has only gotten better since being added to Twitch and Amazon Prime (with co-streamers like Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar), and Twitch was named the official streaming provider for the Las Vegas Raiders.

We think this is a smart move by both the NFL and our partner, Twitch. We’ve found that there is quite an overlap between football fans and gamers – which of course is part of why the Fan Controlled Football League was formed. But do fans in the FCFL want to see a similar venture? That was a rhetorical question – we’ve actually covered this before, and the fan feedback for an FCFL version of the Fortnite Pro-Am was essentially one giant ‘YES!’ But how do the fans want to see that built upon? Maybe have the competition run throughout the off-season, culminating with the winners getting a trip to Las Vegas to see their teams start the season off with a bang? What about a mini-version of ‘The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars’ where our fans get to face off directly against their favorite players in physical competitions, as opposed to working with them? The possibilities are endless here at the FCFL, so let us know what you want to see, fans!

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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.

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FAN Take: XFL Team Announcement Reactions

Posted on August 21, 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 morning, the XFL finally released names and logos for each of their eight teams, but surprised fans with some origin story-style videos to explain the personalities behind each team to the fans. The final result of all this planning on their part? Fans have the Seattle Dragons, New York Guardians, St. Louis Battlehawks, DC Defenders, LA Wildcats, Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, and Tampa Bay Vipers to choose from. While we are not super impressed with what the XFL came up with, we can appreciate the craftsmanship of these videos (we’re not going to be entirely negative here). If there’s one thing we learned today, it’s that we’re positive fans of the FCFL will do a better job naming their teams and designing their logos 😏

You know how FAN Takes work – we’ve got questions, and fans have the answers. So, let’s go! Do you think the announcement videos for each team match up to the actual logos? Are the Seattle Dragons trying to capitalize off of Game of Thrones? Do the New York Guardians have you looking for old episodes of Gargoyles on Twitch? What’s going on with the St. Louis Battlehawks? Are the DC Defenders just a poor man’s version of the New England Patriots? Are the LA Wildcats using a more USC-inspired color scheme to appeal to the locals since the blue-clad Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers are more reminiscent of UCLA? Did the XFL just rebrand the Houston Oilers to be the Houston Roughnecks? Are the Dallas Renegades simply a grittier version of the Dallas Cowboys? Are the Tampa Bay Vipers our favorite? Actually, this last one wasn’t a question. Just a fact. But let us know what you think of the XFL Team Announcements (and how your naming skills are 1000x better)!

Power To The Fans!

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Training For A Future In Video Games

Posted on July 8, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well, that’s one way to kick off #NationalVideoGameDay! The Boston Globe reported that Jordan Herzog is trading in his high school classes for more time to play Fortnite, with support of his father. For months now, he’s been spending 8-14 hours a day in front of his computer to complete online lessons and train to “become one of the best competitive video game players in the world.” This training doesn’t come cheap, either. His father, Dave Herzog, has spent over $30,000 on gaming equipment and suspended family vacations to support Jordan’s dream.

Esports have been on the rise – we’re even seeing “eSports Camps” offered at local community colleges in addition to the usual outdoor sports and sciences. In an interview with Forbes, top streamer Ninja confirmed that he makes over $500k per month doing what he does – and that’s just on Twitch. We’re curious as to whether or not the fans would support their kids as they follow their dreams – inclusive of becoming the greatest [insert game name here] player of all time. If your kid shows that he has what it takes to become the best football player of all time, chances are you’re going to support them, so why would it be any different for eSports? We think that while some fans are hesitant to devote as many resources as Dave did for Jordan, we do think they would – especially when they look at the future earning potential.

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FCFL Stands Out At TIF

Posted on May 14, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Yesterday, FCFL Co-Founder and CEO Sohrob Farudi joined Brandon McNulty (Legends) at the Technology Innovation Forum’s ‘Future of Sports’ panel. Sohrob was able to share what makes the FCFL so special and answer some questions from the crowd.

1. Where did you and your fellow Co-Founders got the idea for the FCFL? And how will fans be able to engage in your league any differently than they do with the NFL, IFL or AFL?

Watch Future of Sports – Part One from FCFL on www.twitch.tv

2. A couple months ago the Alliance of American Football, or the AAF folded in a very public way, drawing in criticism for all other football leagues trying to get off the ground. What are you doing differently to make sure you don’t end up the same way?

Watch Future of Sports – Part Two from FCFL on www.twitch.tv

3. How does having your primary distribution on Twitch change your business as compared to other more traditional sports that primarily air on linear networks?

Watch Future of Sports – Part Three from FCFL on www.twitch.tv

4. You’ve signed some big names as Team Owners | Fan Captains like Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman and Prince Royce. What will their responsibilities look like?

Watch Future of Sports – Part Four from FCFL on www.twitch.tv

5. How do you see VR syncing with the Fan Controlled Football League?

Watch Future of Sports – Part Five from FCFL on www.twitch.tv

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Ninja Named One of TIME’s Most Influential

Posted on April 19, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

You read that headline right. Tyler “Ninja” Blevins was named as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019. Falling under the category of ‘Pioneer,’ he finds himself in good company alongside Sandra Oh, Indya Moore, Marlon James, Chrissy Teigen, Massimo Bottura, Hasan Minhaj, and Samin Nosrat among others. The only thing better than one of the biggest names in esports being featured on this list? The author of his feature: JuJu Smith-Schuster.

The Pittsburgh Steelers WR famously co-streamed matches of Fortnite with Drake and Travis Scott last March on Twitch. We think he summed up our feelings best by saying this: “I’ve been a huge video-game fanatic my whole life. But people have seen it as childish and a waste of time. Ninja was huge in building up the credibility of e-sports.” It’s about time esports got the credit it deserves! We’re looking forward to seeing more teams like FaZe Clan and super fans like Green Bay’s Blake Martinez make this list in the future. With the FCFL being described as the “real-life Madden,” we hope to see of you fans on the list too!

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FAN Take – Losing Your Magic

Posted on April 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!

Last night was the last game of the season for the Los Angeles Lakers, who managed to struggle all year, even after signing GOAT-status LeBron James. To stoke the flames of this dumpster fire, Magic Johnson abruptly resigned from his role as President of Basketball Operations by announcing it at a press conference.

When explaining his reasoning, he said “I think that I had more fun when I was able to be the big brother and ambassador to everybody.” He also wasn’t too keen on the idea of firing someone, saying it was “not fun” for him, and not who he was. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out he was referring to Luke Walton. Regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of Johnson, he should really be called out for how he handled the situation. Of course, if you don’t think you’re fit for a role, it’s understandable to want to step down – but maybe you should tell your boss or your team about that decision before announcing it to the world.

Fans, you will be running your team’s front office – a huge task, but one that we feel confident in your doing. If your offensive or defensive coordinator announced they were leaving the team during a live-stream on Twitch, in a few characters on social media, or through a press release, how would you react? Would you say good riddance? Would you drag them through the mud over their method of delivery? Or would you put your heads together and focus on finding the best person to fill that vacant position? Let us know fans!

Power To The Fans!

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Jordy Nelson Set to Retire

Posted on March 27, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Per the only trusted Green Bay Packers news source, James Jones, Jordy Nelson has retired from the NFL. The wide receiver, who most recently played with the Oakland Raiders, boasts over 8,500 yards, 72 touchdowns, and a Super Bowl ring.

Last Spring, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers essentially shut down any new contract rumors through friend and teammate, James Jones. The WR confirmed that Rodgers would be letting him announce any contract news, and that if fans were interested, they should be following him on Twitter. Sure enough, Rodgers kept that promise and Jones broke the news. So, it was only fitting that when Nelson was ready to leave the field, he had his former teammate make the announcement.

Of course, we love seeing the bond between the former teammates, but we cannot wait to see how our FCFL players will handle similar announcements. We fully expect them to one-up Jones and the rest of the Packers. Who knows, maybe they will take to holding live press conferences on Twitch or designating one of you, the FANS, to be their official news source. No matter what route they decide, we know it’s going to be good.

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Make Room In The Owner’s Box – Ochocinco Has Arrived!

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Make room in the owner’s box, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson is ready to take his seat! Yup, we’re talking about the same guy who legally changed his last name to Ochocinco during his NFL career and proposed to a cheerleader as a touchdown stunt before starring in his own version of The Bachelor – Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch. But Chad’s much more than just that Ochocinco name – you can’t forget he signed with Boca Raton FC of the National Premier Soccer League, crushed it on Dancing with the Stars, and can be found tweeting about his love for fine cigars and McDonalds, respectively. With a colorful background like that, we’re sure his fellow Team Owners / Fan Captains (Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, and Prince Royce) will have NO problem coming up with some trash to talk.

The 6x NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver and 4x All Pro with over 11,000 receiving yards and 766 receptions makes for the perfect Fan Captain. How do we know? He’s already talking smack. We only asked him to share a couple words about why he’s qualified, and he came back with, “I was one of the first athletes to be active on social media and I’m already streaming on Twitch. This platform was built for guys like me who love football, love gaming and have the type of fans that will kick ass, all the way to the championship– ya hear that, Beastmode and Sherman?”

Shots. Fired. And we love it. We’re just going to wait for a response.

In the meantime, CEO Sohrob Farudi is giving Chad credit where credit is due: “Not gonna lie, with Ochocinco already being an active gamer, he may have a slight advantage over the other Captains, bringing along all of his digital fans on the ride to a championship. Having once been named the ‘most influential athlete on social media,’ Chad knows how to engage with fans and that’s what’s at the heart of this league. We’re building this for the fans.” Sounds like the other Fan Captains are going to have to work to keep up with him!

Now that Chad’s got his team, he’s going to need help from the fans creating a team identity, picking a team mascot, and most importantly: drafting the players. Sure, he’s known for being a bit of a showboat so we expect to see that same kind of attitude show through. But first things first, Chad’s team needs a name! Align yourself with Chad’s team and submit your team name ideas. And yes, the 85ers is definitely on the table.

Think Chad’s team is the one for you but want to explore the other options? Take our FCFL Team Personality Analyzer to put your mind at ease before picking your team!