Yahoo launches mayoral trash talk in fantasy football league

August 12, 2009

nfl1Get ready for the smack talk as Yahoo is launching a fantasy football competition among 11 U.S. mayors.

Former NBA star Kevin Johnson, who is now mayor of Sacramento, is among the competitors in the head-to-head league. The mayors will compete weekly based on the statistics of National Football League players they draft. Other mayors involved are from Buffalo, New York; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Kansas City, Missouri; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Oakland and San Francisco, California; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Orlando, Florida; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Tampa, Florida.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, a lifetime Green Bay Packers fan, is already putting on his game face: “Winning is the only thing.”

In fantasy sports, fans, including the mayors, select real athletes for make-believe teams and compete based on statistics compiled in the real games. Fantasy sports of all kinds are played by millions of Americans, generating about $1 billion in annual revenue.

Cornett said he will be very involved with his team, but has tapped his 30-year-old son to act as his team’s general manager. His only rule? No Minnesota Vikings.

The Yahoo fantasy football season kicks off Sept. 10, but no date has been set yet for the mayors’ live draft.

The winner of the mayoral league will earn $15,000 for the local nonprofit sports program of his or her choice, while fans, starting Aug. 13, can earn their city another $15,000 donation by voting for their city. The mayoral league can be followed online.

The winning city will be announced on Sept. 11, while the winner of the mayoral league will be crowned on Jan. 11.

No word on whether the mayors will be making the draft picks themselves or delegating roster moves to a subordinate.

(Reuters photo)

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That’s great. Many of these guys already play with friends, might as well use it as a way to do some fundraising for charity.

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Good way to use a popular online activity for something positive. Can’t believe how much time I waste trying to set my lineup. Would be surprised to learn the mayors are actually more involved than just lending their names.

that is so great!

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