Jason Chilton: The Fan-Controlled Football League may change sport forever
The Fan-Controlled Football League is like nothing we've seen before.
This competition puts the supporters in charge.. of everything... yep everything.
So many clubs in so many sports see conflict between those in the director's box and those in the stands.
This Arena American Football event merges the two with fans voting for the coach, the signing, the team colours and, most intriguingly, the plays in the game.
It has been called a real-life Madden by its devotees and an unworkable novelty by its critics.
Starting in late 2018, it promises to be an interesting blend of traditional sports, esports, crypto-currency, reality television, crowdsourcing and democracy.
I spoke to Jason Chilton, Head of Football Experience at FCFL, to understand how this is going to work
2.23 Launching a new sporting concept. Why one franchise nearly got called Team McTeamFace
3.41 Arena Football v NFL
5.29 Playing two games in a day to tailor the League to esports and traditional TV broadcasters.
6.35 Avoiding going head-to-head with NFL and College football
10.42 The coaches role in a fan-controlled football league
12.45 The funding model
14.10 How the league is distributed
15.41 Being the real-life Madden game
16.50 The problems of having both team controlled by fans
19.09 How fans decide who they should follow when the teams are not linked to geography
21.05 Playing in a TV studio - the challenges
24.31 The target audience
26.03 How this sport has moved towards esport.
26.34 Expanding the fan-controlled element beyond American football
27.52 The open-source nature of the league including player data
29.19 Countering the "novelty" factor. Why they love the critics
30.48 Other forms of funding beyond crypto currency. Why ticketing will not be so important
32.40 The silence from the NFL and CFL so far.
34.40 The technical challenge so far. That lead to a League in a box
35.58 The buy-in from the players
38.04 making the League attractive to players
38.37 The one, three and five year-plan
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