You Are the Coach in This New Streaming US Football League
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Fan Controlled Football does what it says: It lets those in the virtual bleachers have more control of the game.
Backed by high-profile investors including rapper Quavo of Migos and former boxer Mike Tyson, the latest esports league announced it will launch live-streamed games over a six-week on Twitch this February.
"Every sports fan ever has wanted a different call," said co-founder and CGO, Patrick Dees. "Everybody's screamed at their television, I don't know anybody who hasn't. So they get a chance to actually change that and be part of it. It really talks about how you would have called a better game and you get a choice and a chance to prove that out."
FCF announced their next season, along with a Series A raise for an undisclosed amount backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Verizon Ventures among others.Co-founder of sports website Bleacher Report Dave Finocchio joined Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian investing.
Quavo Joins Fan Controlled Football as New Team Owner | FCF www.youtube.com
FCF is the latest esports startup to sprout up as interactive video games and the pandemic remakes sports. The company pitches itself as a professional league. And Fan Controlled Football lets fans control the names, colors and logos of their teams.
Owners and managers that are "personalities in the sports world" will partner up to lead four teams. Fans can now register on their website to sign up alongside their favorite team owner to help build the group up through the pre-season.
"FCF is breaking new ground by giving fans the ability to literally be a part of the game, and we're thrilled to partner with the league for what will be a defining moment not just in football but for the sports industry at large," said Twitch SVP of Content Michael Aragon in the announcement.
The idea has been sitting in the four founders' minds for a few years now, but has now attracted the attention of big names including ,NFL Super Bowl Champions Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch,, Greg Miller from Kinda Funny and content creators from Twitch's community, as well as Tyson and Quavo.
Twitch has already secured rights to livestream the first two seasons of Fan Controlled Football. The season will consist of one playoff week, four regular season weeks, and one championship week. Each game will be 60 minutes long.
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Minutes into filling out my absentee ballot last week, I was momentarily distracted by my dog Seamus. A moment later, I realized in horror that I was filling in the wrong bubble — accidentally voting "no" on a ballot measure that I meant to vote "yes" on.
It was only a few ink marks, but it was noticeable enough. Trying to fix my mistake, I darkly and fully filled in the correct circle and then, as if testifying to an error on a check, put my initials next to the one I wanted.
Then I worried. As a reporter who has previously covered election security for years, I went on a mini-quest trying to understand how a small mistake can have larger repercussions.
As Los Angeles County's 5.6 million registered voters all receive ballots at home for the first time, I knew my experience could not be unique. But I wondered, would my vote count? Or would my entire ballot now be discarded?
My distractingly sweet dog, Seamus.
Photo by Tami Abdollah
'They Felt so Much More Joy': Dispo Reintroduces Retro Camera Waiting Periods to an Instant-Gratification Generation
It's 2020 and waiting for photos to develop is cool again.
That's at least what investors in a $4 million seed round for the "disposable camera" app Dispo hope. The Los Angeles-based platform co-founded by hit YouTuber David Dobrik announced Wednesday it closed a funding round led by Alexis Ohanian's venture fund Seven Seven Six.
The app, previously known as David's Disposables, has seen 2.6 million downloads since launching on Christmas Day last year. It's a camera app that makes users wait a day for their photos to "develop," recreating the anticipation of waiting to pick up a roll of film.