May 23rd, 2009

FSB Daily 5/23: Wakeboarding, Moto, Online Games, Fashion, the ‘Experts’

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

A roundup of recent posts on the FSB News page.

- The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour has partnered with the Fantasy Action Sports League to present a fantasy wakeboarding game.

- An awkwardly written press release announces that has launched as a host for pro Motocross and Supercross pick ‘em-style fantasy contests.

- The Wall Street Journal reports that free online sports games are gaining pretty significant audiences, potentially creating some new challenges for the makers of console games. The emergence of games such as Quick Hit football and MLB Dugout Heroes could also create opportunities or competition for fantasy sports providers in coming years.

- Glam Media has added Fashion Fantasy Game to its network, saying the site delivers “to advertisers a highly qualified and zealous audience” dominated by young women. Rather than a true fantasy game that relies on the performances of actual people, Fashion Fantasy Game is a MMORPG that allows users to create and run their own fashion business.

- Jon Williams wants to know who your favorite fantasy baseball “expert” is and why. After 51 votes, “Other” (43 percent) was leading the 10-option poll field by a wide margin, with Ron Shandler (14 percent), Matthew Berry (14 percent) and Jason Grey (12 percent) as the only others in double digits. was getting plenty of play in the early comments as well.

- Pro Football Weekly’s Michael Blunda says that you should expect to see big differences in the way we fantasy football “experts” rank the players heading into this season — much more so than usual.

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Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

RealTime Fantasy Sports announced today that it has struck a deal with The National Football Post to run fantasy leagues for the pro football news site.

NFP launched back in August under the direction of former Green Bay Packers executive Andrew Brandt, and sporting contributors such as Michael Lombardi, who spent years in the Raiders’ front office. The site provided fantasy football content in its first season of existence, but this will be the first year of actual fantasy competition that it hosts.

Commissioner leagues will be available for $89.95 beginning in June, with Saints quarterback Drew Brees serving as the endorsement face for the those and the fantasy-specific content. As part of that deal, $9 from every signup will go to the Brees Dream Foundation, which helps fund cancer research and care for children.

“Drew Brees epitomizes the good that well-known personalities can leverage with their celebrity,” Brandt said in the announcement. “We are honored to have him as our spokesman for NFP Fantasy Football and hope to turn many children’s fantasies into reality in the process.”

Besides doing the normal smiling celebrity photos for the front pages, Brees will also reportedly provide audio and video downloads for NFP fantasy players — though the site doesn’t say just what the content of those will be.