January 16th, 2011

Sirius All Over FSTA Conference After Impactful Entrance

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Next week’s FSTA winter conference in Las Vegas figures to have a strong Sirius XM presence.

The satellite radio company that dove into the industry in July with its 24-hour fantasy sports channel will broadcast live the Monday night baseball draft that opens the event. Sirius even started by broadcasting live (during the RotoWire midday show) the Jan. 11 draft-order selection. (Find results on Charlie Wiegert’s Godfather of Fantasy Sports blog.)

Beyond the draft, though, Sirius also plans to do various interviews Tuesday — the conference’s lone full day — for use during its assorted shows and will cover the Tuesday night awards ceremony.

On Tuesday afternoon, Sirius XM senior vice president of sports programming Steve Cohen will also sit down for a one-on-one session with Wiegert.

“The Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Channel is probably the biggest thing that has happened in fantasy sports this past year,” according to the FSTA conference agenda, an idea Wiegert echoed to FSB.com when discussing the conference plans. With the number of familiar fantasy brands it quickly brought on board — along with athletes such as Maurice Jones-Drew and Jeremy Roenick and celebrities such as actor Jerry Ferrara — it’s not hard to understand the reasoning.

Of course, it’s ultimately all about the content, and the Sirius fantasy folks recently put a wrap on their first football season with an awards show, naming the best of the fantasy season as voted on by the channel’s hosts.

That crew agreed with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association membership in tapping Tampa’s Mike Williams as top rookie and Arian Foster as most valuable player.

“Hopefully I proved that I can be a featured back in this league,” Foster told Sirius XM host Anita Marks during the awards show. “I’m not sure there’s much else you can do as a running back to prove that you can [be] a feature back.”

The Sirius voters — many of whom are also FSWA members — also agreed with Michael Vick as the top quarterback, Roddy White as the No. 1 receiver, Pittsburgh as the best team defense and New England linebacker Jerod Mayo as the premier IDP. Antonio Gates rounded out that group by taking top tight end honors.

The rest of the awards went this way …

Biggest Bust: Randy Moss, WR, three teams
Out of Nowhere: Peyton Hillis, RB, Cleveland
Don’t Believe the Hype: Tie — Shonn Greene, RB, N.Y. Jets and Ryan Matthews, RB, San Diego
Most Impactful Injury: Tie — Ryan Grant, RB, Green Bay and Kevin Kolb, QB, Philadelphia
Best Single Game Performance: Vick — Week 10 vs. Washington
Worst Single-Game Performance: Chris Johnson — Week 12 vs. Houston
Most Valuable Pickup: Vick
Worst Screwing: Calvin Johnson non-TD in Week 1
Biggest (touchdown) Vulture: Mike Tolbert, RB, San Diego
Handcuff of the Year: Tolbert
Sunday Morning Stress: Gates
Playoff Hero: Vick
Playoff Goat: Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota
Wait ‘Til Next Year: Mathews

The show originally aired on Jan. 11 and will re-air Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.