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  • Baseball is everyday (less time for strategy) - football talk builds up to one day, makes for good water cooler, focus on a wide breadth of sometimes competing stats, single day outcome unpredictable (marathon season, matchups, park effects), more players, need to be familiar with a lot
  • There are parts that could use some tweaking to more fan football, but also some things that should not be thrown out and should be accentuated. Transactions can be difficult in closed leagues/expensive/unwise. The stadium can create a “game board” for engaging, frequent play and an active community. Fans seek an outlet for creativity, and often jeopardize their chances in a league just to make a move and try out new players. The single number, baseball has this built in simplicity that other sports haven’t attained.
  • In the US only 22 million out of 40 million who follow sports closely, play fantasy sports. Russo says casual sports could allow fantasy sports to grow from 29 million players in North America to 50 million in 5 years. Existing players can play while in other leagues, because of the casual nature of the game – we are stealing people from other sites, entrenched leagues. Complex, but not complicated.
  • Why RosterSlots.com?

    1. 1. RosterSlots.com Part Slot Machine. Part Fantasy Baseball.
    2. 2. Fantasy Baseball at a Crossroads <ul><li>Prevailing wisdom: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To increase the success of fantasy baseball, make it more like fantasy football </li></ul></ul><ul><li>However, research suggests: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An opportunity exists for a fantasy baseball game that is more like fantasy baseball, and less like fantasy football </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. A Different Approach is Required <ul><li>Football is different (it’s not baseball) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Once a week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outcomes are more predictable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scoring focuses on few players </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Baseball is energized by transactions! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Hot Stove” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trade deadline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Waiver wire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minor leagues </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Innovation Has Mostly Focused on Complex vs. Simple Game Play COMPLICATED SIMPLIFIED Market-based leagues Daily leagues Keeper leagues Obscure statistical categories Auction leagues Auto draft leagues Salary cap leagues Daily leagues Pick-em leagues Lottery-based leagues Online analysis
    5. 5. Overlooked Opportunities <ul><li>Baseball is energized by transactions </li></ul><ul><li>A baseball team’s home park is a key component of the team’s identity </li></ul><ul><li>You can “play” fantasy baseball everyday </li></ul><ul><li>Fantasy baseball players enjoy being creative with their rosters </li></ul><ul><li>A player’s value can be expressed in a single number </li></ul>
    6. 6. Keys to Success <ul><li>Satisfy existing fantasy baseball players by offering a challenging new game format that complements their participation in other leagues without taking too much of their time </li></ul><ul><li>Grow interest in fantasy baseball by attracting new players to a casual, familiar, and intuitive interface built around game play, rather than simply familiarity with players </li></ul>
    7. 7. RosterSlots.com <ul><li>Build your team using a limited number of “spins” on a virtual slot machine </li></ul><ul><li>Easily keep, replace, or trade spin results </li></ul><ul><li>Play whenever you want: daily, weekly, monthly (never too late or out of contention) </li></ul><ul><li>Create networks and leagues of any size </li></ul><ul><li>Like casino slots, playing is a casual, yet exciting experience </li></ul>Go to RosterSlots.com
    8. 8. The Benefits <ul><li>All leagues stay active/fresh </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Never “out of it” or too late in the season to play. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engaging, graphical interface. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Experts and novices can play together </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One category scoring. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No preparation required prior to player selection. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Leagues are unlimited in size </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compete against everybody in a public league. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a network to keep up with friends and experts. </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Revenue Potential <ul><li>Log of roster decisions = commentary = valuable community </li></ul><ul><li>“ Playable” interface = virtual world = virtual goods </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of transactions = data collected = valuable knowledge from the crowd </li></ul><ul><li>Slot machine metaphor = potential for growth into non-virtual world </li></ul><ul><li>Valuable platform for new/niche fantasy sports </li></ul>