CULVER CITY, Calif., Sept. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Fan Controlled Football League (FCFL), the first professional football league where fans call all the shots, announced today that Hall of Fame NFL quarterback and venture capitalist, Joe Montana, will join the league as Chief Strategic Advisor and as an investor.
"I'm tremendously excited to be partnering with the FCFL," commented the NFL legend, Joe Montana. "What this team has created is innovative, engaging, and will energize the digital age football fan. Fans will hire the coaches, draft the players and call all the plays in real time. It's a real-life video game and the future of sports."
In Montana's role as FCFL's Chief Strategic Advisor, he will be a driving force in the formation and development of the league's brand messaging, integral in football and technical innovations and will provide invaluable expertise from front office operations to fan engagement.
Montana joins a diverse team of advisors with experience across all aspects of sports, technology and gaming, including recently appointed Chief Operating Officer, Andy Dolich. Dolich is a renowned sports executive who brings over five decades of experience in the industry, including front office positions in the NFL, MLB, NBA & NHL.
CEO and Co-Founder, Sohrob Farudi, stated, "We couldn't be more thrilled to have the GOAT, Joe Montana, join the FCFL. As we continue to build and launch the sports platform for the digital fan, we will look to Joe for leadership and expertise in every facet of the league."
Next up for the league will be the announcements of Fan Captains for each of the inaugural eight teams, the initiation of fan voting on a variety of subjects including team names, logos and league rules, as well as a number of other strategic alliances. The FCFL season will officially kick off in May, 2019.
FCFL has an exclusive, multi-year streaming broadcast agreement with Twitch, a live streaming video platform owned by a subsidiary of Amazon. Twitch will co-market the FCFL to its user base of over 120+ million monthly viewers. Using a custom Twitch Extension, the FCFL and Twitch have developed an interactive overlay for desktop and mobile, allowing fans to call the plays natively on top of the Twitch video player. The FCFL is the first professional sports league built on top of the Twitch platform.
About Joe Montana
Widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time, Joe Montana was not only a talented passer, but he was an inspirational leader with the almost magical ability to lead his teams back from certain defeat. During his Hall of Fame career with the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, Montana led his teams to 31 fourth quarter come-from-behind wins, including a 92-yard drive in the closing seconds of Super Bowl XXIII. Over 16 seasons in the NFL Montana lead his teams to nine divisional championships and victories in Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII, and XXIV. Additionally, Montana is a technology pioneer and partner in an early stage venture capital firm called Liquid 2 Ventures, where he oversees and advises an impressive portfolio of start-ups.
The Fan-Controlled Football League (FCFL) is a real-world sports league where the fans are in charge. The FCFL puts fans in the general manager role for the first time in sports, allowing them to determine play calls, team branding, coaches, and the players that make the roster via a fan-run draft. Built on blockchain and designed to combine the passion of live sport, the competition of fantasy sports, the engagement of video games, and the global reach of esports, the FCFL is the first pro sports league truly created for the digital age. To learn more, visit www.fcfl.io.
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