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Fan Controlled Football Goes Global

Global streaming platform DAZN will be the new broadcast partner of the Fan Controlled Football League, which is set to double in size this season.

The Fan Controlled Football League has announced that DAZN, a leading global streaming platform will be the league’s new global broadcast partner.

DAZN will begin streaming FCF content this weekend, when the league hosts an open player combine tryout on Saturday at Jerry Chabola Stadium in Culver City, California. Things will continue next Spring when the league plays its nine-week season. There will be seven regular season weeks, one playoff week in June and a championship game shortly after.

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DAZN will bring American football fans worldwide FCF pre-season events, all regular- and post-season games, and original programming throughout the 2022 season — both live and on-demand to all 200+ of its countries and territories around the world (with the exception of the United States, where games will be available on-demand only).

“FCF is one of the most innovative leagues in the world and as a fan-first streaming platform, we’re thrilled to bring all of FCF’s uniquely fan-driven and wildly cutting-edge action to DAZN subscribers worldwide,” James Rushton, Co-CEO of DAZN group said in a release. “This partnership marks an exciting addition to our ever-growing global portfolio and underlines our commitment to provide fans with their sport, their way — anytime, anywhere, any device.”

The league has also announced it will double in size going from four teams to eight in season two. Team owners in the league include Marshawn Lynch, Renee Montgomery, Dalvin Cook, Richard Sherman, Barbara Dunkelman, and Rachel Lindsay. 

Two of the four new teams will be exclusively managed by collectors holding an all-access Ballerz Collective NFT. The first of the two new teams is co-owned and operated by Steve Aoki and crypto thought leader 888. The second will be led by the Knights of Degan and its partnership with Drew Austin, Jack Settleman, Tiki and Ronde Barber, and more. 

Before the season begins, fans will have the opportunity to determine team names, colors, logos, and uniforms, and to cast votes on league-wide rules. Fans will also determine which players make the roster in a weekly fan-run draft and call plays in real time. 

“DAZN has built one of the fastest-growing sports streaming platforms and their partnership will serve as a catalyst in the continued expansion of our global fan base, which is essential to the future of the FCF,” Chris Pantoya, the Fan Controlled Football League’s chief commercial officer and head of strategy.

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Randall Williams is a Staff Writer covering sports business and music for Boardroom. Before joining the team, he previously worked for Sportico, Andscape and Bloomberg. His byline has also been syndicated in the Boston Globe and Time Magazine. Williams' notable profile features he has written include NFL Executive VP Troy Vincent, Dreamville co-founder Ibrahim Hamad, BMX biker Nigel Sylvester and both Shedeur and Shilo Sanders. Randall, a graduate of "The Real HU" - Hampton University - is most proud of scooping Howard University joining Jordan Brand nearly three months before the official announcement.