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Druski Headlines New Fan Controlled Football Ownership Group

Druski, Austin Ekeler, Altered State Machine, and Rachel Lindsay make up the group now in charge of the team formerly known as the Wild Aces.

The Fan Controlled Football League is welcoming a new ownership group for the league’s current champions, the club formerly called the Wild Aces. The group consists of viral Instagram comedian Drew “Druski” Desbordes, LA Chargers running back Austin Ekeler, Altered State Machine, and TV host Rachel Lindsay.

Both Ekeler and Lindsay had already been invested, but ASM and Druski are newcomers. 

“I’m pumped to be joining FCF not only as an owner, but of the reigning champion Wild Aces,” Druski said in a statement. “I love everything about this league, and look forward to crushing this with ASM, Austin and Rachel. Hope our fans are ready to call all the shots and keep the FCF title where it belongs. This is going to be fun.”

Druski did not say if he’d be providing comedy, commentary, or skits for the games.

Altered State Machine is a Non-Fungible Intelligence platform used for the creation of unique digital avatars embedded with artificial intelligence and owned as an NFT. ASM offers a decentralized protocol for creating ownership of these A.I.-enabled NFTs, which can be used for a variety of applications, including games, financial services, virtual assistants, and online worlds.

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“We are thrilled to welcome Altered State Machine and Druski to the FCF,” Fan Controlled Football co-founder and CEO Sohrob Farudi said in a release. “Their ownership group is the epitome of what we’re building, pro football built from the ground up to take advantage of the latest technology, while never forgetting that at the heart of the product is the fan entertainment experience. ASM’s A.I. tech, Ekeler’s world class football knowledge, and Druski and Rachel’s comedy and entertainment prowess are coming together to lead the reigning FCF champs into next season and beyond.”

Other owners include (but are not limited to) former NFLers Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, and Dalvin Cook, as well as WNBA retiree Renee Montgomery, YouTube personality Deestroying, and Migos rapper Quavo.

The announcement comes less than 50 days before the season kicks off on April 16. The league also closed a $40 million fundraising round led by Animoca Brands and Delphi Digital.

In addition to the money, the league also added four new teams.

The new teams came with the release of four separate collections of NFTs that totaled 8,888 digital collectibles. Holders of the NFTs will have governance rights, play-to-earn mechanics, and unique real-world access and VIP Experiences at FCF’s brand new, state-of-the-art venue at Pullman Yards in Atlanta. Fans spent nearly $4 million on the NFTs.

Outside of the NFTs, the FCF’s year two expansion involves growing all facets of the organization. The season will extend from six to nine weeks, players will see an increase in pay, and fans can vote to decide bonuses for players in various categories such as best interview, best touchdown, and best touchdown celebrations.

When the FCF begins play in April, fans will be able to watch on Peacock, NBCLX, NBCUniversal, DAZN and Twitch. If all goes according to plan the FCF will have another season in the Fall and the goal is to test a Fan Controlled Baseball league next year.

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Randall Williams
Randall Williams
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.