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Fan Controlled Football

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Fan Controlled Football
SportIndoor football
Founded2017
FounderFANchise, LLC
Inaugural season2021 (proposed)
CommissionerRay Austin
No. of teams4
CountryUnited States
TV partner(s)Twitch
Related
competitions
Indoor Football League
Official websiteFCF.io

Fan Controlled Football (FCF) is a proposed professional indoor football league created in 2017 as the first sports league controlled by the fans.[1][2] The league’s inaugural season is schedule to begin in February 2021 and will last six weeks (four regular season weeks, one playoff week and a championship week). All games will be held in a single facility in Atlanta and will be broadcast on Twitch.[3][4][5]

It was created by Project Fanchise, who established the first-ever fan-controlled professional sports franchise, the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles, and operated the Colorado Crush to play in the Indoor Football League in 2017 before both teams left that league.[6]

The FCF is backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners, Verizon Ventures, Correlation Ventures, Basecamp 2, Next10 Ventures, Bleacher Report co-founder Dave Finnocchio and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian[7] and team owners include former and current NFL stars (Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman and Austin Ekeler),[8][9] other sports figures (Mike Tyson, Miro and Trevor May), Rappers (Quavo)[10] and internet celebrities (Greg Miller, Deestroying and Bob Menery).

History[edit]

The concept of the FCF was derived from an experiment done by FANchise in 2017 with an expansion team in the Indoor Football League, the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles. Though proven successful on a fan-experience scale, it did not prove to be equally as such on the IFL field. They also tried the experiment after acquiring the Colorado Crush just prior to the start of the season. The FANchise folded both teams after the season, they began the process to create the new league. It was originally to be known as the "Electronic Football League", but was re-branded as the Fan-Controlled Football League just months later.[11]

Following the creation of the Screaming Eagles, the fans got the opportunity to pick the front office, coaches and players by using the FANchise app on their phones. Once staff and rosters were set, they got the chance to call offensive plays during an actually AFL game. The team made their official debut on February 16, 2017 against the Nebraska Danger at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah, just outside of Salt Lake City. The fans selected the play that would become the first touchdown in franchise (and FANchise) history and the fans stormed the field following the touchdown. It was captured live on SI.com and on YouTube's IFL channel. Despite that celebration, the Eagles would go on to lose to the Danger 78-47. Two game into the season head coach William McCarthy was fired due to "philosophic differences" with the concept. Ten days later on February 26, they got their first win in history with 42-41 victory over the Crush. Shortly afterward, former Arena Football League coach Matthew Sauk (now of the AFL's Columbus Destroyers) was brought on board to take over the team. Unlike McCarthy, Sauk embraced the new concept and the team finished their only season in the IFL with a 5-11 record. After a 3-13 season the Crush would cease operations with the Eagles soon to follow.

On April 20, 2017, The Wall Street Journal reported that Project FANchise was planning on launching a new league called the "Interactive Football League". Project FANchise CEO Sohrob Farudi confirmed that the Screaming Eagles and Crush would finish the 2017 season[12] and would be leaving the league afterwards.[13] The new league planned to play all of its games in only one city with eight new teams. The league was later re-branded as the "Electronic Football League" (eFL) in October 2017[14] and then again one month later to the "Fan Controlled Football League" (FCFL).

According to the league's revamped website: "All FCFL games will be live-streamed on Twitch, the world’s leading social video service and community for gamers and eSports, available on mobile, desktop, and tablet. The FCF has also teamed up with IMG Original Content who will be supporting the league with their unparalleled expertise in sports and entertainment." [15]

Teams[edit]

Team[16][17] Joined Owners
Beasts 2020 Marshawn Lynch, Mike Tyson and Miro
Glacier Boyz Richard Sherman, Quavo and Deestroying
Wilds Aces Greg Miller and Austin Ekeler
Zappers Trevor May and Bob Menery

References[edit]

  1. "Rule Book". Attach.io. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  2. "eFL Official Website". eFL. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  3. "Twitch Combines Live Sports and Video Games in Fan-Controlled Football Partnership".
  4. "Fan Controlled Football to Stream on Twitch in 2021".
  5. "Fan Controlled Football drafts in Twitch for enhanced viewer interaction".
  6. "Andy Dolich; The time is now for fan-controlled sport".
  7. "Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler is now a team owner in the Fan Controlled Football League".
  8. Chad Johnson Joins Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman in FCFL as a Team Owner, Rob Goldberg, Bleacher Report, March 6, 2019
  9. "When Start-Ups Come to the Sports World". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  10. "Quavo Announced as Newest Investor of Fan Controlled Football".
  11. "Are You Ready for Some (Fan-Controlled) Football?".
  12. "How Can Football Video Games Get More Realistic? Real Humans". The Wall Street Journal. April 20, 2017.
  13. "WEEKLY SPORTS LEAGUE & FRANCHISE REPORT". OurSports Central. April 24, 2017.
  14. "Hello World – Introducing the eFL and the FAN Token". Electronic Football League. October 11, 2017.
  15. About Us, FCFL website
  16. "Fan Controlled Football League Chooses Team Names, Solicits Logo Submissions".
  17. "Fan Controlled Football League Announces Fan-Chosen Team Names".

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