From ESPN to Fox: Sloppy Seconds Anyone?

By Will Stevenson
Usually when an entity or organization monopolizes the industry, they buy everyone out and only leave you with a few choices here and there to receive their content. Whether it’s a television service, a phone company or an auto parts store, they make sure that all other options don’t come close to matching the resources they have acquired. When we look at the ESPN empire, they have definitely monopolized the industry, but they have somehow allowed their viewers and listeners to access every possible sports niche there is to offer. It seems as if ESPN Radio has landed in every major city nationwide, and locked in every state with at least a station or two that is affiliated with ESPN. Over the years the ESPN Network has had it’s share of Sportscenter hosts, analyst, guests, shows, and radio hosts, but what they have been able to do is replace the faces with no drop-off in ratings or growing power. With their partnership, or being owned by Disney, those that leave ESPN are able to move to CBS, NBC, and ABC seamlessly. Over the past few years, when the contracts go into their final year, the rumors begin to surface and individuals begin to look for work elsewhere; but where else could they go that would have the same shine as ESPN.
And that’s where Fox comes in.
It seems as though Fox has been on the outside looking in when it comes to sports content, although they do have Fox NFL Sunday that usually brings the NFC contenders to table every week. The last time I watched something on a Fox network was “The Best Damn Sports” show and “The Man Show” on FX. If you’ve every watched a show on FX, then you are aware they bend the lines of censorship for mainstream television. The things they are able to show and get away with are very different from what ESPN can do now that they are under Disney’s supervision. After Colin Cowherd’s contract and “ethnic misquote” combined for the right fire, Fox was more than willing to take him on. The Le Batard Show, based out of Miami, slid into his 10am to 1pm time slot and haven’t missed a beat. One person leaves, another shows up and everything keeps rolling. Fox has been trying for years to match the level ESPN has reached, but haven’t been able to take over in numbers, viewers, mentions and downloads. Fox has been able to throw money at previous ESPN employees and provide an atmosphere that will allow them to have less censorship and more freedoms with their shows.
Can Fox grow their brand of talking heads to the heights of ESPN while doing the same exact thing ESPN has done and is already doing? Probably not, but all it takes are a few gasbags saying the right things and the right people paying attention. Television viewers are one thing, but clicks and downloads are something totally different in this social media driven world we now live in.

I seriously think you should jump on this wave!

By Lawrence Edwards

OK, before I get started let me tell you that this isn’t a fad that will quickly fade out, nor is it a get rich quick scheme. It’s simple, I am not forcing you or trying to persuade you to do anything. I just want to share with you something that I know sports enthusiasts every where will enjoy and offer you the opportunity to be apart of something or get ahead of everyone else on a trend that is about to take the world by storm. From Football to Cricket we have something every sports will fall in love with. You have two options: Affiliate or Player. I will go in to great detail about both and most importantly the coming of a game changing sports app by United Games that is going to absolutely blow your mind!

Now what we are talking about here is an app that will let you enjoy your favorite sport interactively while watching the game. This app is going to bring a new dynamic way of playing of enjoying sports. It’s not just going to focus on the major sports but every sport.  The point is to get everyone to enjoy sports better, not just the people who have time for drafts and 4 different fantasy leagues or the ones who are good at selecting the right combination of players in order to enjoy the experience.

Now, as I previously mentioned you have two options to join this wave, either as a player or an affiliate. If you want to just be one of the first to enjoy the experience of this game changing app then sign up as a player for free. You will be a pre-registered player and once the app launches within the next 5 weeks you can begin enjoying your interactive sports experience and start earning some rewards and points. I don’t know about you but once I started playing fantasy football and basketball, the game became THAT much more interesting to me. I began to pay attention to things that I didn’t before. This interactive app will award every real sports fan the same experience but much better – did I mention that some of EA Sports former developers are building this thing? – Get ahead of the trend, this app is coming and it’s going to change the way we enjoy sports forever and it will be the first of it’s kind, share it with your neighbors, share it with your family, if they love sports, chances are they will love this!

Now if you are interested in becoming an affiliate of United Games and getting the opportunity to not only get ahead of the trend but earn some money while doing it, then this the route you want to go. Now let me tell you this isn’t a pyramid scheme or something wild like that, if you don’t want to be an affiliate then you don’t have to. We aren’t trying to recruit people for money, we are just offering an opportunity to earn some income based off of people just playing the game. Now when this was brought to me a few weeks ago I had my initial negative thoughts. I was told that I can become an affiliate for free, feel it out see if I like it and if I do I would have to pay a one time fee of $30 to stay an affiliate and $9.99 a month to maintain my affiliate site and if I don’t just simply cancel no harm done. Now I’m no easy person to convince to join things, so I did my own research before I agreed to sign up for anything. Now I hate selling things, I’m terrible at it, so the fact I didn’t have to sell a product and it was an app – I’m a huge tech junkie – helped me decide to really read up on it. So I did my research and found that this app could really be something special and I don’t have to pay my fee until the app launches in 4-5 weeks at the time of this writing. I figured, what can I lose? I can jump on board playing a new fantasy app and maybe earn some money while doing it. Every time you share the app and someone signs up, whether as an affiliate or a player, and starts buying or earning tokens, you get a piece of the pie, NICE! Another selling point for me was the fact that in order for you to earn income you have to fill out tax form 1099. That right there let me know it was legit. Now United Games is offering this opportunity only up until the app launches in 5 weeks. Once it goes live, the affiliate opportunity will be no longer offered. You will only be able to download and use the app.

Whether you sign up to be a player or an affiliate I can assure you that this app is going to change your sporta experience. The point of this blog is to get the word out that a Giant is coming and to offer, what I believe to be a grand opportunity to be apart of the next big thing. If you like what you heard here today feel free to drop a comment, email me (lawrence.edwards115@gmail.com) or if you got here through my Facebook link, just shoot me a DM and I will happily send you a link to be an affiliate or a free player so you will be all set to go when the app launches. Once you click the link there will be more information for you to read through to get an even better understanding. You’re going to love this!

Here is a one page info sheet you can look at to get more information. Feel free to contact me with questions.

 

THE WORLD OF FANTASY: SLEEPER EDITION

By Lawrence Edwards

 

OK folks, if you haven’t had your respective fantasy drafts yet, then you’re the smarter ones, just kidding, maybe. Starting this weekend fantasy drafts will be kicking off everywhere. Question is, are you going to the one who laughs his way to victory or the one who doesn’t set his lineup? So with that being said and our drafts rapidly approaching, I compiled a list of some sleepers you can look to get in the later rounds.

Sterling Shepard – New York Giants

The rookie out of Oklahoma has been receiving rave reviews in camp for his professionalism, route running and overall level of play. Viewed as probably the best route runner coming out of the draft, he will have a chance to make an immediate impact. We all know Odell Beckham is going to put up points, which should allow for some nice opportunities early for Shepard with teams worried about OBJ. He’s all set to start next to OBJ whether Cruz comes back or not. Throw in the fact that the Giants could be throwing a lot this season due the lack of a running game and Shepard should turn out to be a pretty good steal in the late rounds.

Sterling Shepard looks like a second-round steal. (USATSI)

Josh Gordon – Cleveland Browns

Fresh off of a full season ban, Josh Gordon will be back playing with a chip on his shoulder. He will be out to prove that he has the smarts and maturity to go along with the god given talent he has. Now if you have paid attention to football the last 4-5 years you would know that when Gordon is on the field, he has the potential to be the best receiver in this game. Remember a few years ago when he put up back to back 200 receiving yard games? Bottom line is this guy can flat out ball no matter who is throwing to him. People will stay away from him early because of his absence and maybe some are skeptical as to if he still has it. My advice, don’t wait too long, because a receiver with the talent of Gordon will not sit for long. You can probably get him in 4th round which would be an outrageous steal for anyone.

Josh Gordon reportedly failed a substance test involving alcohol ...

Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans

Now we all know the stigma of Alabama running backs and honestly outside of Eddie Lacy and Mark Ingram’s one really productive season, Bama backs haven’t been great in the world of fantasy either. However, I think Henry could be a really good pickup for your team. The Titans signed former rushing leader DeMarco Murray in the offseason and he has looked impressive. But we also got to see what Henry can do. Henry has looked great thus far, showing great power, vision and footwork out of the backfield. Even though Murray is capable of handling a major workload, I would expect the Titans to give Henry plenty of touches, especially in 3rd down and goal line situations. Murray has had a bit of an injury history so Henry could turn out to be a huge steal should Murray go down or if he doesn’t perform like expected. Great thing is Murray will probably be drafted in the mid rounds so you should be able to swipe up Henry fairly easy.

Derrick Henry starts settling in at Titans rookie minicamp

Ezekiel Elliot or Alfred Morris – Dallas Cowboys

Now we haven’t gotten a chance to really see if Elliot’s skill can translate to the NFL due the rookie dealing with hamstring issues all camp. However, he is expected to make his debut tomorrow night when the Cowboys take on Seattle – talk about an intense first test – which will be no easy NFL introduction. Now for the most part, people wouldn’t consider Elliot or Morris a sleeper but the fact that he is a rookie and the presence of Morris with him, causes me to list them here, we don’t know who is starting. Although we don’t know how the touches will distributed in the lone star state, however, we do know what at least one of these RBs are capable of at the NFL level. If  I had to guess, I would say you can get either or in the 3rd or 4th rounds or maybe even both, that’s if some overzealous Cowboy die hard don’t jump the gun and take Zeke in the 1st round,  let’s be real, we all know a few.

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Tajae Sharpe – Tennessee Titans

A 5th round pick in the 2016 draft out of Massachusetts and he has already impressed coaches and fans. Sharpe worked his way onto the first team in practice fairly quickly and has become a nice surprise for the Titans. Sharpe somewhat solidified the hype with a nice showing against the Carolina Panthers last week where he caught 6 passes for 68 yards. It seems to be the norm for late or undrafted receivers ever year to come out and show people they should’ve done some more research. Sharpe has shown he is a natural for creating separation and getting open and he is an exceptional route runner. This is one sleeper I would really keep my eye on. He could turn out to be a huge steal for the Titans and your fantasy team.

Rookie WR Tajae Sharpe continues to impress for the Titans, catching a ...