January 15th, 2010

MDC’s Stein Jumps to Fanball

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Greg Ambrosius of Fanball announced Thursday afternoon that the company has added former Mock Draft Central operations manager Geoff Stein.

While with MDC, Stein developed a working relationship with the National Fantasy Football Championship and National Fantasy Baseball Championship, which were acquired by Fanball in a deal with F+W Media last summer.

“One of my main duties at MDC was dealing with companies that licensed out our draft software, and we had no bigger client than the NFBC/NFFC,” Stein told FSB.com. “Basically, I made sure that everyone was in the software on time, and if there were any problems, I took care of them immediately. When you’re dealing with 14 or 15 people whose computer skills range from ‘expert’ to ‘knows how to turn on,’ anything can and usually does pop up.”

Stein will fill a similar role with the company as a full-time employee and will also contribute fantasy content for Fanball’s various outlets.

“Geoff has been an important part of our success as the NFBC began expanding into online pay games starting in 2006 and we believe that he will be even more important to our success as we grow our NFBC, NFFC and NFBBC satellite leagues and online Double Plays,” Ambrosius wrote in the announcement posted on the NFBC message board.

Mock Draft Central, of course, was just recently purchased by RotoWire. With Stein moving immediately into his Fanball role, MDC founder Jason Pliml remains to help transition the company to its new ownership.

Stein is a five-year veteran of the fantasy sports industry and a member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association board of directors.


FSWA Announces Awards Finalists

Friday, January 15th, 2010

The sixth year of the FSWA awards again drew a record number of submissions.

Fantasy Sports Writers Association president Mike Beacom said that the group’s board of directors had nearly 1,000 articles to pore over in recent weeks to pare down to the list of finalists announced today that were passed along to the two independent judges.

We’ll get into some of the specific points about this year’s group of contenders, but for now, here’s the full list of finalists. Winners will be announced at the Fantasy Sports Trade Association conference Jan. 26-27 in Las Vegas.

Best Fantasy Football Publication
Fantasy Football Index
Pro Football Weekly/Yahoo!

Best Online Football Article
Dalton Del Don, RotoWire
Jeff Stotts, RotoWire
Derek VanRiper, RotoWire

Best Football Print Article
Michael Blunda, Pro Football Weekly
Ted Carlson, Fanball
Ben Ice, Fantasy Football Pro Forecast

Best Football Series
Tristan Cockcroft, ESPN
Adam Levitan, RotoWorld
Jeff Stotts, RotoWire

Football Writer of the Year
Ryan Bonini, KFFL
Brad Evans, Yahoo!
Derek VanRiper, RotoWire

Best Fantasy Baseball Publication
Fantasy Baseball Index

Best Online Baseball Article
John Rakowski, Sports Grumblings
David Regan, RotoWire
Scott White, CBS Sports

Best Baseball Print Article
James Benard, RotoWire
Will Carroll, RotoWire
Brent Hershey, USA Today Sports Weekly

Best Baseball Series
Jason Grey, ESPN
David Regan, RotoWire
Mark Strausberg, RotoExperts

Baseball Writer of the Year
David Regan, RotoWire
Derek VanRiper, RotoWire
Scott White, CBS Sports

Basketball Writer of the Year
Cory Elfrink, Fanball
Tom Lorenzo, RotoExperts
Andre Snellings, RotoWire

College Sports Writer of the Year
John Baker, RapidDraft
Brad Evans, Yahoo!
Michael Hurcomb, CBS Sports

Golf Writer of the Year
Rob Bolton, RotoWorld
John McNamara, RotoWire
Scott Pianowski, Yahoo!

Hockey Writer of the Year
Sean Allen, ESPN
Rocky Bonanno, NHL.com
Scott Pianowski, Yahoo!

Racing Writer of the Year
Scott Engel, RotoExperts
Brian Polking, Fanball
Mark Taylor, RotoWire

Best Humor Article
Ladd Biro, Sporting News
Paul Bourdett, RotoExperts
Mike Gilbert, RotoExperts