Blockchain-Supported Football League Will Give Fans Ability to Run Team, Call Plays
The Fan Controlled Football League (FCFL) will debut in Summer 2018, with fans having complete control over front office decisions, player roster formation and play calling. Powered by Ethereum (ETH) blockchain technology, fans can purchase tokens that enable engagement across the FCFL platform; with the blockchain recording all league transactions, ensuring transparency and user confidence in the decision-making processes. The one-hour, 7-on-7 games will be played in a production studio, enabling the league to reduce travel costs and “become a development league for sports technology.” The league will consist of 8 teams; with players, coaches and the top fans of the winning team splitting a $1 million championship prize.
Howie Long-Short: Anyone can invest in this new league; participating in the public presale (raised $5 million to date) of FAN tokens. For those new to cryptocurrency, Bitcoin and Ethereum (or its digital currency Ether) are not competitors and the terms cannot be used interchangeably. Bitcoin is a digital currency that operates on blockchain technology; while Ethereum’s “smart contract” ledger technology allows for decentralized applications (like the FCFL) to be built on top of it. BTC is a medium of payment transactions and is a way to store value (i.e. an alternative to money), while ETH facilitates peer-to-peer contracts and applications via its own internal currency. Though both have been on a tear of late; BTC is up 70.62% over the last month (to $16,039), while ETH is up 59.11% over the last 30 days (to $747.88).
Fan Marino: The FCFL isn’t the first sports league looking to make a name for itself on the back for the crypto-currency craze; Rungsted Seier Capital, a hockey team that plays in the top Danish league, renamed its home Bitcoin Arena and has begun paying players in digital currency. Rungsted star Nikolaj Rosenthal became the first professional athlete to be paid solely in Bitcoin (BTC). The contract does contain measures that protect him in the event BTC value falls off a cliff; a possibility considering the price has dropped 30% 6x in 2017.
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