NEW! INDUSTRY-FIRST CROSS SPORT CONTESTS BEING LAUNCHED
BY FANPICKS.COM, POWERED BY ALPHASTREAK SOFTWARE.
BOSTON, Jan. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - In a landmark move within the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) industry, Alphastreak and Fanpicks have teamed up to offer a Fantasy first... daily contests where customers can choose fantasy lineups with athletes from more than one sport at the same time.
The unique contest-type solves a major problem for fantasy operators and fantasy enthusiasts alike, which is a federal restriction whereby fantasy contest participants must choose athletes from more than one sporting event to fill out their lineup. This is normally not an issue in the regular season, but come playoff-time for major sports there are often not two events from the same sport available to be put into one contest. Consider championship games or series, as well as all-star games where there are no other games from the same sport available to package into a contest. Fantasy site operators had their hands tied and could not offer contests that included these huge spectator events... until now.
"This is quite literally a game-changer for Fantasy sports," says Alphastreak VP of Corporate Sales Charly Mechaly, "If I can go into the first weekend of February and put Cam Newton, LeBron James, and Alex Ovechkin all in one lineup... I'm doing it."
When asked about competing products, Mechaly offered this: "Cross sport on other sites is just not the same. You have to play one week of NBA, then one week of NHL, then one week of something else... and a certain number of people get cut each week, it's too complicated. Those contests, to me, aren't daily and aren't truly cross sport."
The Alphastreak / Fanpicks contests will require customers pick 9 roster spots from 2 or 3 different leagues. The contests will be played and resolved on the same day in most cases. Rare exceptions may allow for the contest to span 2 days.
The Cross Sport launch follows the tremendously popular launch of Fantasy Pointspread contests earlier this month.
Fanpicks.com will be unveiling Cross Sport contests for public entry in time for this year's Pro Bowl on Jan 31, and plan to use it for Superbowl as well as NBA and NHL all-star games.