FSTA Industry Awards: Submit your nominations now!
FSTA Industry Awards: Submit your nominations now!
FSTA Announces “2013 Fantasy Football Accuracy Challenge”
The Fantasy Sports Trade Association is requesting submissions from all interested in participating in the “2013 Fantasy Football Accuracy Challenge.”
The FSTA, in conjunction with Sara Holladay (Fantasy Football Librarian), Donnie Campbell (The Most Credible) and Bill Green (Fantasy Dispute), will be analyzing fantasy football projections and position rankings from participants. The projections and position rankings will be compared with actual player statistics at the end of the 2013 season, and awards will be presented based on the accuracy of those predictions.
2012 Fantasy Football Projection Results
1. Draft Sharks
2. Pro Football Focus
3. CBS Sports (Dave Richards)
2012 Fantasy Football Rankings Results
1. RealTime Fantasy Sports
3. Fantasy Pros
Submissions will be accepted immediately; however the rankings and projections (in any verifiable format) must be received prior to the first game of the season, Sept. 5, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Each entrant has a little over two weeks after the Sept. 5 deadline (Sept. 22) to submit the rankings and projections in the FSTA Format (see both the rankings template and the projections template found on the FSTA website). Please note that the rankings and/or projections in the templates must match those that were submitted prior to the initial deadline. Late entrants will be considered if it is verifiable that their rankings or projections were published and publicly available prior to the deadline.
Player rankings and statistics will be judged for the following positions: Quarterback, Running Back, Wide Receiver and Tight End. Team Defenses, Kickers and Individual Defensive Players will not be used due to non-standard scoring.
The FSTA will present two awards (Player Rankings and Player Projections) for the “2013 Fantasy Football Projection Accuracy Challenge.” All entrants are welcome to participate in either challenge or both.
For a complete list of rules and entry information, go to this special page at FSTA.org.
Submissions should be sent simultaneously to FSTA.Accuracy.Contest@gmail.com, Donnie Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org, Bill Green at email@example.com, and Sara Holladay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Awards will be presented at the 2014 FSTA Winter Conference sponsored by Star Fantasy Leagues, Jan. 15-16 in Las Vegas.
In order to encourage participation (without fear of embarrassment), final results will NOT be published, except for the names of all entrants and the names of the highest ranking entrants (approximately the top third).
Donnie Campbell, www.themostcredible.com/
Bill Green, www.fantasydispute.com/
Sara Holladay, www.fflibrarian.com/
Your organization must be an FSTA member to be eligible to win the FSTA award, but anyone can participate. Find out more about FSTA membership at FSTA.org.
Questions? Email us at email@example.com.
Fantasy Sports Hall adds three: Charchian, Colton, Hunt to be honored in Chicago!
The Fantasy Sports Trade Association announced Monday that a trio ofdistinguished contributors to the fantasy sports industry, Paul Charchian, Glenn Colton and John Hunt, have been elected to the organization’s Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies will take place at the FSTA Summer Conference sponsored by RealTime Fantasy Sports in Chicago on the night of June 13. Click here to register for the conference, which is being held at the DoubleTree Hotel – Magnificent Mile. An agenda can be found here if you’d like to learn more about this unique opportunity. Charchian, Colton and Hunt bring the total number of FSTA Hall of Fame inductees to 17. Previous honorees include: Greg Ambrosius, John Benson, Matthew Berry, Cliff Charpentier, John Dewan, Bill James, Daniel Okrent, Peter Pezaris, Peter Schoenke, Ron Shandler, Glen Waggoner, Charlie Wiegert, Bill Winkenbach and Rick Wolf. You can read more about the contributions of these Hall of Famers here. More about the Class of 2013: Paul CharchianCharchian was a co-founder of Fanball.com in 1993 and helped grow the company from a handful of part-time enthusiasts in his apartment to 80 employees spanning offices in three cities. He published over 200 issues of Fantasy Football Weekly, more than any other industry publication. While with Fanball, Charchian acted as the lead designer on over 25 Web-based fantasy applications for high-profile sites such as NASCAR.com, AOL.com, PGA.com, Best Buy.com and many others. Through his Twin Cities radio program on KFAN – at 19 years and counting, it’s the longest running fantasy sports show ever – Charchian interacts with thousands of fantasy sports players each year. He was also an industry pioneer in television, with a Minnesota-based show in the mid-late 1990s and a nationally-syndicated show in 1999-2000. ”Paul has been a key figure in the growth of fantasy sports,” said FSTA chairman and Hall of Famer Peter Schoenke. “He started one of the first print publications, created one of the early leading websites and has been a prominent leader in the industry’s trade association. It’s hard to find an area of the business where he hasn’t been a big part of the story and it’s great that he’s being recognized for all of his accomplishments.” Currently, Charchian is the president of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and he runs LeagueSafe, an award-winning, fantasy sports finance management service that he founded in 2008. Glenn ColtonColton is a legal advocate, business advocate, writer, radio host, expert fantasy player and, for the last decade, a catalyst for the fantasy sports industry’s growth by giving advice to FSTA-member companies and the FSTA Board of Directors. Colton’s passion for the industry was never more evident than during the landmarkCBC v. MLBAM case. Colton advised the FSTA membership throughout the process and conducted numerous media interviews in which he preached partnership, thus ensuring that the fantasy sports industry took the high road. On Colton’s advice, and with his assistance, the FSTA filed an Amicus Brief that played a large role in the successful court rulings. Colton started writing for Rotoworld.com in 2003 and helped author its first fantasy football magazine. In 2012, Colton and long-time fantasy team co-owner Rick Wolf began hosting the Colton and The Wolfman show on SiriusXM Radio.
“Until recently, Glenn’s impact on the fantasy sports industry was mostly behind the scenes, as he acted as a legal advisor for the FSTA and for dozens of member companies,” said Charchian, wearing his FSTA president hat. “Glenn was at the forefront of a pivotal moment in the history of fantasy sports, ensuring that the leagues and players associations couldn’t monopolize our industry. Glenn has become more public-facing since the debut of his successful SiriusXM radio show. He is a favorite personality in the industry and I’m delighted that his decade of contributions have been recognized.” In his “day job,” Glenn spent 10 years as a Federal Prosecutor in New York and now heads the White Collar and Government Investigations Practice for Dentons, one of the world’s largest law firms. John HuntHunt started working at USA TODAY in 1991 on the agate desk, compiling stats and answering the phone calls of the first generation of Rotisserie players. In 1993, he began a 13-year run as the fantasy columnist for USA TODAY Baseball Weekly (renamed Sports Weekly in 2002). His clear and unadorned prose was perfect for conveying information and introducing fantasy baseball concepts that we all take for granted today. His work on the national stage increased the visibility of the industry immensely with everyone knowing that Wednesday was the day to “read Hunt.” It became widely known that a mention by Hunt in one of his Fantasy Insidercolumns was enough to get you onto the map, so aspiring writers and industry vendors were constantly jockeying for blurbs in his columns. In addition to his writing, Hunt founded the first national experts competition (LABR – the League of Alternative Baseball Reality) in 1994. Via LABR, Hunt promoted scores of fantasy writers, built the business across multiple platforms and created a stable benchmark during the 1990s, leading to the establishment of some of today’s most venerable fantasy names and fantasy brands. “I have a soft spot in my heart for those who were writing about fantasy sports before anyone knew what the ‘Internet’ was,” said Charchian. “John was a pioneer. Back then, fantasy baseball advice was scarce. Good advice presented in a readable manner was even more rare. Maybe more importantly, John founded LABR, which elevated the profile of many fantasy sports writers and, 20 years later, remains the gold standard of expert leagues.” Hunt now covers the Oregon State Beavers for The Oregonian in Portland. Please address questions or media requests to FSTA Association Director Megan Van Petten at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rotisserie Baseball and Basketball Stat Service, Reports USA Stats
www.rotisserie.com, 16 Jan 2006 [old site]
USA Stats was begun in 1988 by Bill Meyer when his own “It Beats Working” league needed a new stat – keeper. Begun as a part-time business at Bill’s kitchen table, USA Stats has steadily grown into one of the largest stat services in the nation.
After working as a newspaper reporter for a couple of years, Bill attended law school at the George Washington University in Washington DC. He worked as a private attorney and federal prosecutor in Baltimore for nine years before being bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and starting USA Stats in 1988.Bill ran USA Stats on a part-time basis for three years and then gleefully abandoned the practice of law to operate the business full time in 1991. While still retaining a fondness for the Indians, he is now a devoted Orioles fan and enjoys rooting for the home team from his box seats at Camden Yards.
William K. Meyer is an associate in the Zuckerman Spaeder’s Baltimore office who focuses his practice on general litigation and criminal defense. Before joining the firm, Mr. Meyer was the founder and president of USA Stats, Inc., which provided statistical services for fantasy baseball, basketball and football leagues. Prior to his career in business, Mr. Meyer served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Baltimore. Before that, he was in private practice in Baltimore. He received his J.D., with honors, from George Washington University where he was a member of The George Washington Law Review.During law school, Bill worked as a law clerk for William W. Taylor III.
Founder, Strat-O-Matic Game Company
Hal invented Strat-O-Matic in 1948, and it was the game most die-hard fantasy baseball players played as kids. In many respects, it was fantasy baseball before fantasy baseball. You learned the players’ strengths and their abilities against left-handed and right-handed batters. You could also draft individual cards and compete in fantasy leagues with the results of your league coming on the roll of the dice. Hal Richman is still involved in the company, which now is online and supports one of the best Sym fantasy games in the industry.
Hal was a games pioneer long before many of us were born. The FSTA Hall of Fame was designed to honor pioneers who helped our industry grow. He was waaaaay out there long before our industry was born and without him folks like Daniel Okrent never would have come up with the idea of creating Rotisserie baseball. Many fantasy players in the 1980s and ’90s got their start on Strat-O-Matic and then made the smooth transition to Rotisserie Baseball and Football. We owe Hal’s innovation and steady guidance of Strat for that.
Hal is exactly the type of pioneer the FSTA Hall of Fame was designed to honor, and he’s still alive to cherish the award. As a resident nearby, he would be a great addition to the Chicago FSTA show.
Early pioneer writer/analyst; early Rotisserie player valuation expert; wrote 9 books on the topic in 1990s.
Back in the days when there were books on Rotisserie baseball, Alex Patton wrote nine of them. Now he continues to write for his own web site as well as for various other sites, such as Baseball HQ. With Eric Lindow, he has developed the popular software, Patton $ On Disk, that helps people get ready for the Rotisserie Wars.
Patton published his first book (“Patton’s 1989 Fantasy Baseball League Price Guide“) in — you guessed it — 1989, and his dollar values were included in USA Today Baseball Weekly’s fantasy annual throughout the 1990s.
To give you a taste of his original insights: In the Stage Theory of Rotisserie baseball, Alex broke down the level of league-skill into one of three stages.
Stage One — the least experienced, and auction behavior has out-of-control bidding on big name players. Tons of bargains were then available.
Stage Two — the more astute owners catch on to the bargains, and wait until the the opponents money is blown on the better-known players. They then harvest up the undervalueds.
Finally, “Stage Three Hell” — the expert drafts, where accurate information is well-known.
Placing where your league is affects how you approach the draft, coached Alex. And his counsel over this past decade-and-a-half have influenced fantasy players in all three Stages ever since.
Founded Small World – one of the first fantasy games -
bought by Sporting News
Bill created and operated possibly the first ever mass market fantasy sports game – in the LA Times, for the 1989 baseball season. In the pre-Internet years, newspaper games helped grow the fantasy industry from a couple million players to 8 to 12 million, depending on the estimates you believe to be true.
The LA Times was a client of his firm, Wakeman & deForest. The All Star game was being played in Anaheim that year and The Times asked Bill to create a promotion around baseball. His company used interactive touchtone telephone technology to create Dugout Derby. W&d and The Times worked together to run ads in the Sports section during the week, promoting the game. On Sunday, they ran a four-page spread listing all the baseball players along with a 4 digit numerical code for each. Participants had to call a 900 number at a cost of $2.75 for the first minute and $1.75 for every minute thereafter to enter their initial team as well as make the two trades a week that were permitted under the rules. Each day, a small ad was placed in the sports section with an Access Code that changed daily. In order to get into the system, participants needed to use that day’s access code (driving single copy sales of the newspaper). One of the signs of success was when the VP of Marketing called to say that the Publisher’s office was getting calls from 20-year subscribers who were out of town and couldn’t find an LA Times anywhere (to get the code). They needed to make a trade and threatened to cancel their subscription unless they were provided with the Access Code. Dugout Derby was sponsored by BMW.
This was the most successful promotion ever run by the LA Times in terms of generating participation and advertising revenue. It was expanded to include all the Times Mirror newspapers.
The baseball promotion was followed by others – promoted in the top 25 Times Mirror markets. Pigskin Playoff for Football was sponsored by Epson, an official NFL sponsor. W&d built kiosks in-store to merchandise the program along with print advertising in key markets across the country and TV ads that ran during NFL broadcasts. These were potentially the first ever TV ads seen by consumers featuring a version of fantasy football. A nice part of the Epson offer – buy an Epson printer or computer and they would mail you updated diskettes each week with team scores and ranks, in your market and nationally.
Fairway Fantasy was the golf promotion, sponsored by Spaulding, who used the promotion to get more retail floor space for the introduction of three new golf balls. W&d created a corrugated floor stand displaying dozens of golf balls, with a touch tone phone at the top. The sign on the display – “Step up to the Phone and Drive a Top-Flite to Hawaii.” Prizes for the contest were several trips to Hawaii.
The innovations brought to market by Bill provided proof-of-concept for mass market promotions. In the coming years, other companies built on this concept – Replica Corporation (in USA TODAY), SportsMark Promotions and Sports Buff Promotion in hundreds of newspapers across North America.
Geoff Ford Peter Ford Bill Gibson
Geoff, Peter and Bill founded SportsMark Promotions in Calgary, Canada in 1992. Bill Junkin started the movement to mass market games and this team built on it, bringing a similar concept to hundreds of newspapers, TV stations, and radio stations in Canada and the U.S. They created an upgraded Interactive Voice Response system and let consumers play for free or pay a small fee to use the IVR system.
Their sales efforts stretched from personal meetings at media company offices to exhibiting at newspaper and media trade shows across North America. They opened the eyes of media promoters across North America – fantasy sports games were great promotions to engage the consumer. Millions of consumers had never heard of fantasy sports before playing a SportsMark game in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Baltimore Sun, San Francisco Examiner or hundreds of other newspapers.
All of their games were played and managed via mail, fax, and IVR (later transitioning online). Handling thousands and thousands of inbound and outbound letters for one game is the true definition of sweat equity. This grass roots effort helped the fantasy industry grow to what it is today.
SportsMark was eventually purchased by Internet Sports Network, Inc. (ISNI) in 1999, as part of the first large roll-up of fantasy sports game operators and content producers. ISNI did not survive and the SportsMark founders created Blast Promotions, followed by their current company SCAinteractive.
Geoff is currently the President and Peter is currently the SVP of Sales for the Calgary-based SCAinteractive. They are an industry leader in unique, interactive promotional solutions that bring targeted audiences online and keep them there for extended periods of time. Their secure technology is approved for up to $1,000,000,000 in instant win prizes and their auditable results provide peace of mind for both clients and sponsors alike. Their parent company – SCA Promotions – is the World’s Leading Provider of prize coverage for contests, sweepstakes and games.
Glenn has been playing Fantasy Sports for a very long time, and dived into the industry at LABR (League of Alternative Baseball Reality) in 2002. He is a legal advocate, business advocate, writer, radio-host, expert fantasy player and has been volunteering his time at EVERY FSTA Conference since 2003 to give advice to everyone who attends and especially advising the ENTIRE industry in times of trouble.
CBC v MLBAM – The Watershed Moment in Fantasy Sports
Glenn’s work, passion and advice to the industry in regards to the players’ association make him a compelling candidate for the Hall of Fame. Charlie Wiegert and his partners at CDM were true heroes to take on MLBAM to fight for our industry. Glenn had previous to that, set the tone for how to deal with the players’ associations. Glenn supported CDM and advised the FSTA membership throughout the process including print, radio and TV interviews that positioned our industry as the “good guys.” He preached partnership not confrontation and ALWAYS spoke to anyone who wanted to understand or get advice on how to handle the Player’s Association’s aggression. He was the industry’s voice of reason.
On Glenn’s advice, the FSTA filed an Amicus Brief, a legal document as a friend of the court to make sure the court understood that a ruling affected our members. Glenn created this brief and SUCCESSFULLY introduced the First Amendment which led the final ruling summary and made the decision have influence federally, thereby stopping the PA’s aggression and eliminating more lawsuits in the fantasy sports industry.
Fantasy Sports Expert, Personality and Journalist
In 2002, Glenn began competing in LABR and writing for Rotoworld.com. In 2003, he wrote the first Rotoworld Fantasy Football magazine with publisher Matthew Berry and Rick Wolf. He has written for Rotoworld and other publications / websites ever since.
Last April, Glenn began co-hosting a radio show on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio. From the first day, he was a natural on the air and continued his work of crisp analysis and strategy to help fantasy players win championships.
In summary, Glenn was a catalyst for the Fantasy Sports industry’s success in the fight with the players’ associations, a brilliant lawyer who gives that expertise to everyone in the fantasy industry and an accomplished journalist, radio host and an expert fantasy player.
Emil Kadlec is the president of Fantasy Sports Publications, Inc., the largest publisher of Fantasy Football magazines. Fantasy Sports Publications has been in business for 24 years, and distributes over 850,000 copies of four Fantasy Football magazines annually — the CheatSheets, Pro Forecast, DraftBook and Football Diehards. The Pro Forecast originated in 1990.
He also co-founded the World Championship of Fantasy Football (WCOFF) in 2002 (and the WCOFB in 2003), the original high-stakes Fantasy contest, which spawned a whole new industry.
Emil created the Draft Master style contest when he was a member of FanEx in the mid-90s. This style of play has now become popular for the busy fantasy player.
In 1992 he started a fantasy football radio show locally on Sunday nights and has a FootballDiehards.com show on the SIRIUS fantasy channel.
Emil started FootballDiehards.com website in 1996 (originally fspnet.com) which has been a leader in fantasy football information and tools to help managers draft and manage their teams thought the season.
Emil, 55 years old, has a Masters degree in electrical engineering and is a co-author of one patent. He and his wife Maria are working on a book about southwestern Indian pottery. Part of his diverse personality flaws is enjoying challenges. Currently Emil and Maria are attempting to grow blueberries in a desert environment – looks like the desert is winning at this point.
He is also the vise president of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Emil is one of the bigger ass holes in the industry but don’t tell anyone.
Mike founded Sideline Software in the late 1980’s when he invented one of the first PC-based programs for fantasy football league management named FFLM. Since that time, Sideline has evolved into a company providing the largest independent on-line fantasy football league management product, MyFantasyLeague.com, which is the most feature-rich and customizable league management product available on the web today. In spite of competition from major media companies, many of who offer free products, Sideline has grown the number of leagues it’s serviced in each year of it’s existence. In addition, MyFantasyLeague.com has been awarded several significant industry awards, most recently “Best Commissioner Product” at the 2012 FSTA winter conference.
If you’ve taken the time to get to know Mike at an FSTA event, I’m sure you already know how knowledgeable he is about our industry, and why he’s been so successful for the last 20+ years. If you haven’t taken the time to meet him, I’d definitely recommend you do, and you’ll see how worthy he is of this nomination.
Due to Mike’s long-standing involvement in the fantasy sports industry, and wide respect from his peers, I feel Mike is a very worthwhile nominee for the FSTA hall of fame.
If we only measure Joe Bryant’s candidacy for the FSTA Hall of Fame for his invention of Value Based Drafting, it should be enough. Virtually everyone who reads this endorsement for Joe should already know this, but here’s VBD boiled down to one sentence: The value of a player is determined not by the number of points he scores, but by how much he outscores his peers at his particular position. It seems obvious now, right?
Invented by Joe nearly 20 years ago, VBD has become so well accepted that it faces no credible challenges. People building other draft strategies are forced to work around VBD, because it envelops such wide tracts of common sense.
If we only measure Joe Bryant’s candidacy for the FSTA Hall of Fame for creating FootballGuys.com, it should be enough. FootballGuys has become an industry model for compelling, in-depth content.
Joe, along with partner David Dodds, have created a living, breathing behemoth in FootballGuys. FootballGuys is so good, so rich in content, that it (literally) keeps startups from entering the space. There’s nowhere to attack FootballGuys. Can a startup offer more fantasy football content? No. Deeper content? No.
On top of his aforementioned empirical qualifications, industry participants would be challenged to recall any face-to-face interaction had with Joe when he didn’t have a smile of his face.
FSTA Hall of Fame: Call for nominations
Please email your nominations, with a brief description of why you feel the nominee is Hall of Fame material, to email@example.com by noon CT on Monday, April 8.
FSTA Board of Directors — Awards Committee
Recapping an informative and fun FSTA Winter Conference
We’re already looking forward to our next event in Chicago, June 13-14. Mark the dates … more details to come. Questions? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FSTA announces Industry Awards finalists; winners to be named at Jan. 21-22 Winter Conference
2012 FSTA Awards Nominees: Rookie of the Year
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Pro Football Focus Fantasy Gold debuted in August, 2012.
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In 2012, fantasy industry veterans Ian Ritchie and Emil Kadlec founded Fulltime Fantasy Sports. Their plan was to dramatically grow the fantasy sports market as well as the high stakes niche, by exposing a broad swath of fantasy sports enthusiasts to the best players in the world. To execute their plan, they purchased FFtoolbox, the largest independent provider of fantasy sports information and analysis with over 8.5MM annual unique visitors., Then they founded the FFToolbox Fantasy World Championships, a series of mid and high stakes tournaments commencing in September with live drafts held in Las Vegas at the Mirage Resort and Casino.
2012 FSTA Awards Nominees: Most Valuable Fantasy Tool
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The ‘2012 Pro Football Focus Custom Rankings Tool’. Like those on other sites, our custom rankings tool allowed the user to input his/her league settings so as to be provided with personalized rankings. Each offensive and defensive player was included. As were kickers and team defenses. What really made our tool unique was not the automatically generated auction values, but the availability of the tool for each week of the NFL season. The user could check back every week for updated weekly and rest-of-season projections, rankings, and dollar values unique to their league settings. This also gave users a major advantage in day-gaming leagues like Fanduel and Draftday. The rest-of-season rankings (overall rankings included) helped users make decisions on trades throughout the year.
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The Draft Analyzer for Fantasy Football provides (i) personalized draft recommendations that optimize your entire team and (ii) line-up advice during the season to help you start the best players and pick-up the right free agents available in your league. The Draft Analyzer is the most feature rich draft tool and only draft tool that is available on the web, desktop and iPad/iPhone. The Draft Analyzer is integrated with CBS, ESPN, MFL and RTS and includes aggregated projections from FantasyGuru, Accuscore, KFFL, RotoWire, and Fantasy Sharks for draft day and from Accuscore, RotoWire and Fantasy Sharks for weekly in-season projections.
The Draft Analyzer won the 2012 CBSSports Developer Challenge, FSTA Best Fantasy Tool for 2011, FSTA Best Draft Assistance Tool for 2007 and 2005.
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In a nutshell, MyPlaybook tailors all the great content and tools on FantasyPros for your specific teams. User feedback has been amazing and almost 100,000 subscribers have imported their leagues this season.
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RotoExperts’ Sunday Chats, powered by Google+ Hangouts, give fantasy players unique gameday opportunities to have their questions answered via video. Users type in their questions and our experts answer in real time with in-depth responses.
2012 FSTA Awards Nominees: Most Valuable Fantasy Content
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Sign in information is also enclosed there for access to PFF Fantasy Gold. This will get you access to our unique tools from the 2012 season, including Complete award-winning player projections for offense, IDP, kickers, and defense. We also supply weekly and rest-of-season, customizable player dollar values for use in day-gaming leagues and to value trades. We have a fantasy statistics page, weekly consensus rankings, the Tamme and Bishop handcuff Indexes, IDP and dynasty rankings, depth charts showing projected % of touches going forward for all players, and a weekly Sunday morning live chat with 3 PFF Fantasy experts.
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KFFL.com, online since ‘96, brings you 24×7 NFL, MLB, NASCAR fantasy news, rumors, blogs and advice for free. KFFL’s award-winning Hot off the Wire news service. With dozens of expert titles to the company’s name, KFFL’s expert analysts have done much of the same for their faithful followers.
Advice columns, player updates, rankings, writer chats, live daily video programming, podcasts, draft kits all FREE at fantasynews.cbssports.com.
Site offers LIVE DAILY Fantasy Baseball video programming Mon-Fri throughout the baseball season (5 p.m. ET). Site also offers LIVE DAILY Fantasy Football programming Mon-Fri and on Sunday mornings.
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Site offers the most comprehensive and informative player specific information (updates), written by some of the most well-respected writers in the industry.
Through its innovative platform, FantasyPros provides valuable content to both fantasy players and fantasy experts. In a nutshell, they make the process of giving and receiving highly accurate and personalized fantasy advice dead simple.
Experts use the FantasyPros platform to easily create, publish and distribute their rankings and advice. Partners include big media sites like Yahoo and Fox Sports, high quality subscription sites like FootballGuys and ProFootballFocus, and smaller up-and-coming fantasy blogs. There are over 100 participating experts.
FantasyPros curates and analyzes this expert advice to provide readers with customizable consensus rankings, personalized news and advice, and unbiased accuracy scores. Their unique content and tools have helped them grow to well over a million unique visitors a month (with zero marketing spend).
RotoWire is the web’s premier fantasy news and information resource with 24/7 coverage of baseball, football, hockey, basketball, college football, college basketball, auto racing, soccer and golf. A RotoWire.com subscription includes access to all areas with draft kits, in-season tools, feature stories and columns for each sport. New features in 2012 included in-season projected stats for the four major sports, an improved suite of apps to access the site via mobile devices and video segments.
MyFantasyLeague has developed content aggregation that tailors fantasy news and content to those that play in an MFL league. MFL will pool news and articles from Fantasy Sharks, Rotoworld, RotoWire, FFToolbox, FFToday, FFChamps, KFFL and TheHuddle, and provide grouped analysis to fantasy team owners tagged by the players they are most interested in, the players on their own teams, thereby streamlining information delivery for fantasy players. For more generic content, MFL can also deliver content categorized more broadly, for example, IDP content. Only leagues that utilize IDP positions receive IDP content, or those playing in a survivor league can receive survivor style advice, specifically catered to them, etc.
Beckett Fantasy Football Magazine, Powered by STATS Beckett Fantasy Football Magazine, Powered by STATS consisted of 162 pages and in-depth rankings and ratings of 360+ players. Player profiles contained in-depth analysis and stat breakdowns written by STATS LLC, while team profiles contained depth charts, schedules, player moves and more. The issue also contained mock drafts featuring NFFC’s $100,000 champions along with industry writers, draft strategies, Sleepers & Busts, Top 40 Rookie profiles and Cheat Sheets.
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Note: FantasySharks.com is the content arm of MyFantasyLeague.com.
FantasySharks.com has grown since first opening its doors in 2002 into one of the premier fantasy content and projections offerings on the web, with over 700 thousand monthly readers and 100 thousand registered members. Fantasy Sharks now boasts 45 fantasy writers, editors, projectors, radio hosts, podcasters all procured from an annual vetting process which includes guest article submission over the summer and a detailed interview process, to ensure only the most qualified contributors produce content for the site. To go along with staff members like FSWA Hall-of-Famer Greg Kellogg, fantasy football pioneer TC Cannon, and site owner and Chairman of the FSWA, Tony Holm, Sharks has been the go-to destination for fantasy writers, editors and programmers to showcase their talent. Sharks continues to attract and bring on well known fantasy authors like David Grey from fanball and Dr. Steve Sheiner and fantasy tools pro Robert Cobb from fantasyfootball.com. Fantasy Sharks provides weekly content to various fantasy outlets like USA Today for both print and web inclusion, MyFantasyLeague.com, FleaFlicker.com, Advanced Sports Media, Advanced Sports Logic, Pickemfirst and a variety of mobile application developers also take advantage of Sharks’ content and projections. Fantasy Sharks has weaved itself into the fabric of fantasy sports and we hope it will be recognized for years of service to the fantasy industry and for the collective accomplishments from all the site contributors.
NFL Fantasy Live is a daily show broadcast on NFL.com and NFL Network. Airing Monday to Friday at 1pm ET, the show provides daily analysis and guidance from the NFL.com Fantasy Live team and a 90-minute Sunday show at 11:30am ET features game day advice, including injury/inactive reports and updated player rankings. Michael Fabiano and the NFL Fantasy Live team are always available, with an on-demand player featuring archive and DVR features, ensuring that no segment is missed.
The Sports Forecaster hockey Yearbook is THE must-have magazine for hockey fans. Reader-friendly, colorful, analytical and insightful, it bursts at the bindings with facts, figures and an unsurpassed forecasts section.
RotoExperts not only provides free and premium content on its own site, it also nationally syndicates broadcast content through platforms such as SiriusXM, TuneIn and SportsGrid. Live chats are now powered by Google+ Hangouts and email advice provides another personalized experience. All major and minor Fantasy Sports are covered, and RotoExperts content has also been nationally syndicated. Empasis is on a personalized user experience through various platforms.
Rotoworld is the premiere fantasy news and information site on the internet, and it’s FREE. It has 24/7 coverage by its top writers on player news on all the major sports, plus in-depth articles, constantly updated inury reports, transactions and depth charts, salary cap info and much more. If you need news on any player in fantasy sports, Rotoworld.com is the first and only place you need to go.
FSTA members get substantial discounts on all FSTA conference registrations.
As an FSTA member, you will be given the first opportunity to sponsor FSTA events and programs. With its large and diverse membership, FSTA rarely has sponsorship opportunities that are not first snatched up by corporate members. These are opportunities for high-profile event and program sponsorships. Read More...
Member companies will be authorized to use the FSTA Logo/link on their sites.
FSTA provides ways to give your organization visibility at all levels. Not only do we have sponsorship and event opportunities, but also newsletters for which we solicit articles from corporate members, committees and councils. FSTA provides a way for you to establish your company as a Fantasy Sports industry leader.
Last, but not least, you get support. If you have an idea as to a new program or project you'd like to undertake, or you would like to get something specific out of your membership, talk with the FSTA. We will provide assistance or ideas that help make your goals a reality.