Real-Life Fantasy Football: Where You Call the Plays

The Salt Lake Screaming Eagles are trying a radical blockchain experiment

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Photos courtesy of BREAKER.
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Fans voting during a Salt Lake Screaming Eagles game, March 2017.

“Blockchain is a big expense for us… But if our fans are spending all this time, energy, and emotion making these votes, let’s make sure there’s no questioning the outcomes.”

To ensure that it does — and to avoid a Hardy vote rerun — the FCFL has turned to blockchain. After dabbling in bitcoin as an investment, Farudi studied the underlying technology. He quickly realized that a transparent, shared, and incorruptible transaction ledger was exactly what the league needed. With blockchain, fan votes couldn’t be changed or hidden. Trust, to borrow a phrase from Ronald Reagan, would be verified.

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The Screaming Eagles mascot.

For now, the FCFL is a lot like blockchain itself — potentially game-changing, but very much a work in progress.

“Go to a NFL game,” Liotta says. “Take a look around. Every single person has their phone out. It could be a playoff game, and they’re texting and taking pictures. When you think about the future of sports, this is the future — engaging fans in a way that they can participate from their phones.”

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