LeagueSafe & LeagueFinder – Revolutionary Fantasy Tools
Literally everyone and their mother seem to be on Facebook these days. It’s a perfect place to search for fantasy players that fit the bill you’re looking for. You can sort by drafting method (online snake draft, online auction, in-person snake draft, in-person auction, or e-mail) and league fees (ranging from free to high stakes $1000+). “There are a large number of fantasy owners out there just looking for more leagues to play in. Right now, these people find each other only by expending a lot of time and energy posting on disorganized, informal message boards or by word of mouth,” said League Safe President Paul Charchian. “With LeagueFinder, we’ve completely revolutionized the process of finding fantasy leagues to play in. Now, fantasy owners have a standardized product designed exclusively to connect them with interested parties, and it’s simple to use.”
You can join a random group of people or create your own private league that you and your gang from high school that you just found on Facebook can do together. “On Facebook, your friends are already right there at your fingertips. With the click of a button, you can invite them to your fantasy league,” said Charchian. “Or, you can make new friends that share the same interests as you do. Either way, you’re interacting with people who share a common love of fantasy sports.” Fantasy sports and Facebook. Seems like a perfect marriage to me.
For more information and to add the Facebook application, visit http://apps.facebook.com/leaguefinder/
LeagueFinder has launched as a Beta release on Facebook in time for the 2009 fantasy baseball season, and has plans to support fantasy football, fantasy golf, fantasy basketball, fantasy hockey, and fantasy NASCAR during the coming year. It has strategic and business alliances in place with several third-party providers and will eventually offer users the option of transferring shared data to providers of online league administrative and other fantasy services.
If you haven’t hear about League Safe, let me break it down for you:
Is your fantasy football draft done online without a get together? I understand if you have people who live far enough away that it just isn’t feasible. I also understand if you choose to put aside some time during your workday or it’s easier for you to get to OK from your better half if you don’t actually leave the house. I still think the best way to do a draft is getting together over beer and wings and such. It’s half the fun really. You can give the last place finisher crap and ridicule the guy (girl) who made the trade that imploded his (her) team. However, there are circumstances when getting everyone together is nearly impossible and the autodraft feature helps fill out the roster. Judging by some of the people I’ve played with over the years, they’d be better off to have the computer picking any way.
Alternatively, say you do get together. There’s always one owner who conveniently forgets their cash or checkbook. It happens every year. You’ve got to do everything in your power, just short of calling in a collection agency, to get the money, especially if there team is in the tank. That’s a headache that the commissioner doesn’t need.
Well if you have either of these problems, I’ve discovered a solution . Let me start by saying I have no affiliation with this service, but found it interesting and decided to pass it on to you. It’s called League Safe.
League Safe is a free service (they collect the interest on your money I assume) that allows your owners to pay online. The entry fees go into one of LeagueSafe’s FDIC-insured partner bank (US Bank or The Bancorp Bank). At the end of the season you just validate who the winners are and what the payouts are going to be. Within three to ten days you get your money.
If you’re on-the-fence about whether or not this is a good idea for your league, just know that fantasy guru Paul Charchian is the Founder and President of League Safe.