Friday, May 14, 2010

NFFC Expanding To Eight Cities In 2010


Tom KessenichMay 14, 2010 at 12:13pm
Subject: NFFC Expanding To Eight Cities In 2010
We’re happy to announce that the NFFC will be expanding to eight cities in 2010. They are:

Las Vegas at the Bellagio Resort & Casino
New York at Citi Field
Chicago at Trackside at Arlington Park
Boston at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Boston
Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium in the Kelly Room, 50-yard line
Dallas (site still to be finalized)
Denver (downtown, site still to be finalized)
Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Hilton downtown

We will also offer the NFFC Classic and Primetime online for those who still can't make it to the live events. But we are doing everything in our power to offer the live events at fun, fun locations where drafting against your league opponents face-to-face is still the most exciting part of the game.

Now, all eight events and online will host the main events on Saturday, Sept. 4th simultaneously at 1 pm ET/noon CT/11 am MT/10 am PT. Right now only Las Vegas, New York and Chicago will have Friday Auction Championship Leagues and Draft Champions Championship leagues. However, if there is enough interest in any of the other cities to expand to Friday events, we will do it. We have not officially reserved space for Friday in those locations, but they are available and we will staff them if demand is there. But right now we are pushing our three main locations for the entire weekend of events -- which include 14-team Ultimate and Super Leagues on Sunday, Sept. 5th -- with the other locations hosting just the main events.

We know this is aggressive, but when Liberty Media officials flew to Las Vegas in March to see our NFBC events, they loved the idea of the live events concept. They loved what they saw. And they wanted this to grow more than it has been under previous management. They wondered why we weren't doing baseball in more locations. They pushed us to become more aggressive and to grow our football event beyond what we are projecting. If we could get 300+ for the NFFC Classic in years past in just three cities, why not push for 300+ and beyond in more cities? So we're taking their lead and making this happen.

We have very good connections in each of the cities we chose and Fanball has strong customer bases in each of those cities. We feel like Dallas is a perfect expansion for the NFFC. We have a great, great contact in Buffalo and can draft inside Ralph Wilson Stadium in the Kelly Room up around the 50-yard line seats. We believe downtown Boston and Minneapolis can support audiences, as can Denver, where again we have great contacts. All of the locations are working with us to make this cost effective and we'll promote heavily locally.

Our prizes are based on last year's goals: 322 teams in the Classic and 300 teams in the Primetime. If we expand beyond those numbers we'll increase league and overall prizes, starting with league prizes. The Classic remains at $1,400 per entry, while we raised the Primetime to $850 this year to get the grand prize to $50,000 with slightly increased league prizes. There is a $50 Events Fee for each event because we've agreed to provide more food and beverage this year and we're going to make that special. Stay tuned for more details on each location as we want folks to stick around after the drafts, eat together and analyze the draft boards together.

Look for registration info and early bird signup specials on the soon on the new NFFC site (http://www.facebook.com/l/1704f;nffc.fanball.com).

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