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FAN Take: Leaning Into Virtual Entertainment

Posted on May 20, 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!

A little Coronavirus isn’t going to ruin the Washington Nationals’ party! After a well-deserved World Series win over the Houston Astros, it’s time for the Nationals to unveil their championship rings. Of course, due to the pandemic, the team had to get a little creative. This Sunday night, fans can tune in to a livestream featuring several members of the team as they show off what they worked so hard for. What can fans expect aside from some gaudy hardware? We’re going to guess that the players are going to take their outfits to the next level and incorporate some *interesting* Zoom backgrounds.

Virtual entertainment is part of the new normal, at least for the foreseeable future. And that’s just something we all need to come to terms with as fans. But the good news is we’ve been exposed to new sources of entertainment we didn’t know we needed in our lives, like marble racing. So, what other ways do fans want to be engaged virtually? We’ve already shared plans for virtual interviews with team coordinators and athletes, but what else do the fans want to do? What about virtual team meetings with their Fan Captains? Or maybe Zoom ‘press conferences’ with our FCFL Co-Founders, when they drop some major news for you? The possibilities are endless, especially in a league created FOR the fans, so sound off and let us know what you think!

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Where Have All the Good Umpires Gone?

Posted on October 29, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

As football fans, it always makes you feel better when you see other sports have trouble with their officials making the correct calls too. It’s called commiserating, look it up. If you have somehow been living under a rock, you might need a reminder that the Washington Nationals made it to their first-ever World Series, facing off against the Houston Astros. In Game 5 on Sunday, the Nationals were obliterated 7-1, trailing 3-2 in the series. Unfortunately for fans of both teams, umpire Lance Barksdale had a hard time in Game 5 identifying a ball vs. a strike. To the novice baseball fan, we can understand the confusion between the two, especially in such a high-pressure situation. But Barksdale has been getting PAID to accurately make the right calls, full-time, for 13 years. The fans, us included, expected more out of him.

With the first pitch of Game 6 set to be thrown just after 5pm PT tonight, are the fans feeling hopeful for better officiating? Of course, they are. The MLB is only a fraction as bad as the NFL when it comes to having the right calls made, and we imagine in the two day difference between Game 5 and Game 6, the officials have had a refresher of the rules from their boss. But, we think the teams, players, and fans deserve some kind of guarantee that things will get better. We think they’d like to see some kind of mandated reform – maybe even a ‘three strikes, you’re out’ policy placed on the officials – to make sure this doesn’t happen again. We’ll likely have to wait until the World Series has come to a close and victory parades have finished up before Rob Manfred, MLB Commissioner, makes any kind of statement about increasing the accuracy of calls during any game, let alone the championship series. But one thing is for certain, we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for better officiating tonight.

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FAN Take: Poppin’ Bottles

Posted on October 17, 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, the Washington Nationals punched their ticket to the World Series, a first for the franchise. The team swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS with a score of 7-4 in Game 4 of the series. The team has already shown their fun personality, between walking up to the Baby Shark song and having epic dance parties in the dugout, so of course they had to celebrate in style. From crashing interviews with lightsabers to spraying beer and champagne, these guys had a GOOD time. If this is how they celebrate making it to the World Series, can you imagine what would happen if they won the whole thing?!

If it’s your team making history – whether they are making it to the inaugural FCFL Championship Game, or even winning it all – how do you want to see your players celebrate? We’re used to seeing locker rooms lined with plastic sheets and a combination of ski goggles and champagne bottles waiting in front of every locker, which sounds like a blast, but we want to see something a little different. What about you, fans? Do you want to see your team kick it up a notch? Do you want to see the guys running around the field with fireworks? Not the kind that will blow your hand off, but maybe something like the sparklers you see at bottle service. Okay, maybe that still isn’t the safest option, but we’re open to suggestions! Better yet, should we open this up as a fan vote? You could end up having your team run around the field in those fun, inflatable T-Rex costumes if that’s what you all decide on. We want to have all you fans out there with them, celebrating like you never have before. So how would you do it?!

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FAN Take – What’s Your Price?

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!

Over the summer, we shared a story about a VERY disgruntled New York Knicks fan looking to sell his fandom to the highest bidder. Evan Perlmutter went to eBay to put his allegiance up for sale, saying he promised to “throw out my awesome Knicks trash can”, “burn no less than three articles of Knicks memorabilia” and root “whole-heartly” for whichever team the auction’s winner chooses. His opening bid request was for $1,973 in honor of the Knicks’ last championship in 1973. The winning bidder, James Riedel, assigned Perlmutter to his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, for $3,500. Unfortunately for him, the Lakers are off to a rockier start than the Knicks.

That brings us to the World Series. Last night, the Boston Red Sox took home the win for Game 2 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, leading the series 2-0. For those somehow unaware, both teams have severe rivalries with teams from their respective areas. Fans of the Red Sox completely detest the New York Yankees. Fans of the San Francisco Giants would rather see anyone else in the World Series than the Los Angeles Dodgers.

This year the series really is a battle of the best of the west and east coast, so we’re wondering if there are fans willing to cast aside their fandom to see a trophy brought home to their state or region. Giants fans, are you sticking to your guns and rooting for anyone BUT the Dodgers, or do you want to see the title back in California? What about the Yankees fans – are you rooting for the demise of Boston? If your least favorite team made it to any kind of championship series, would you root against them out of allegiance to your own team? Or would you want to see the best team win? We want to know!

Power To The Fans!