June 13th, 2010

FSB Daiily 6/13: World Cup games, Fantazzle, Bloomberg on Mobile

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

A roundup of items recently posted on the FSB News page.

- Nando Di Fino of The Wall Street Journal recently took a look at the allure of World Cup fantasy games for several companies, beginning with the official FIFA game sponsored by McDonald’s. Unfortunately, he also followed the false step of ESPN’s “Silly Little Game” in crediting Daniel Okrent with inventing fantasy sports. If the creator of Rotisserie scoring is bitter about the money being made off “his” game, just imagine how it feels to have been playing fantasy sports in the 1960s and then see various national media giving credit to a bunch of folks young enough to be your children.

- Middle Eastern firm Quirkat is supporting a Facebook app that presents World Cup fantasy “football” in three languages: Arabic, English and French.

- Fantazzle has struck a deal via Curv Sports to add Ravens running back Ray Rice as a sponsor for some of its games.

- Bloomberg Sports recently launched an iPhone app to provide its analytical baseball product to mobile users.

- Plenty of outlets have their fantasy offering for the World Cup, but the site launched by ad agency Host presents something different: A game that awards dirty play. Top scores will be achieved by “moments of utter filth, times of unforeseeable but creative cheating.”

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Fantasy Sports Journalism Survey Makes Second Round

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Does fantasy sports writing qualify as journalism? Do fantasy writers or outlets care about or even know many of the tenets of journalism? Do they think that readers care?

These are some of the questions that Ithaca College journalism professor Mead Loop has been seeking to answer with his research into the practices of fantasy writers and any rules they are either encouraged to follow or impose upon themselves.

“I’m studying what guides decision-making in fantasy sports writing, from written and unwritten codes of ethics to editors, audiences and attribution,” Look told FSB.com.

Results from the first round of surveying and studying done along with fellow professor Ryan Parkhurst centered on the attribution practices of fantasy writers and outlets, particularly focusing on Yahoo! and Sporting News.

The second series of survey questions was rolled out in the May Fantasy Sports Writers Association newsletter and remains live. Although this tends to be a particularly busy time of year for those of us who spend anywhere from too much to way too much time studying fantasy, I can attest to the survey taking no more than 15 minutes. Culling the results from studies such as this can only help to legitimize our pursuit — and/or show us what we might be able to do better.

Find the survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FSWA