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  • Matt 5:16 pm on August 23, 2010 Permalink
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    Prize Leagues: WTF, ESPN? 

    I just noticed this prize leagues thing on ESPN’s fantasy football website. Apparently, you can pay $29.95 per team to join or start a league that is functionally exactly the same as a free league, but at the end of the season you might just maybe win some fabulous prizes, such as… Best Buy gift cards? (Three total will be awarded, for a grand total value of $5,000.) The real kicker is this part:

    100 Winners [sic] Circle points will be awarded to each Prize-Eligible League Champion for every league won…¬†The approximate retail value (“ARV”) for each League prize is $15.00.

    So if you win the league that you paid $29.95 in real money to enter, you’ll win $15 in Winner’s Circle Points, which as I pointed out last season are basically equivalent to skee-ball tickets at the penny arcade.

    Tellingly, I had to create a league just to find out how much it costs – they don’t reveal the price until you get a few steps along in the process (reminds me of an online store that waits until the final checkout page to tell that you the shipping on your DVD will be $9.99).

    Who the hell does this?! Actually, come to think of it… if I pay my $29.95, am I more or less guaranteed to win the grand prize because I’ll be the only person on the planet who signs up?

    • Mike Mahoney 11:59 am on August 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      haha mad funny i just noticed this today and googled the prize eligible and found this blog. Im confused as to how you can win the grand prize

    • Outraged 1:44 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I agree completely ! What a rip off. I cant believe how much it cost for a off chance you might beat everybody else and win some gift certificate.

    • Matt 2:01 pm on August 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I do enjoy that this post is now one of the top things that comes up when you google espn prize leagues. Someone in Bristol is displeased with me right about now.

    • Nunya 4:53 pm on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      so since espn is a rip off and a joke(cant believe I have played on it for the last five years) at least you got a generic league champion t shirt that was culp ok. So where is a comparable pricewise site to play?

    • Billy 6:29 pm on September 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      you get professional trade review out of it though

    • Jon 10:05 pm on July 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      thanks for the headsup….just about wasted my money

    • Bob 7:06 pm on August 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I should have read this before I bought 3 teams.. I guess I will have to win all 3 leagues to win 45$ and it cost me 49.95 for the 3 teams

    • mike 11:07 pm on September 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      damn, i agree! what a rip off!!!!

    • bill 11:18 am on September 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      fuck!!!!, i paid the 29.95 and didn’t know this

    • Preston 2:09 am on December 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      The main reason to play in a league where you pay is that the other teams are more likely to stay active. I do several free league every year and end up being the only person or one of three active teams at most.

    • andrew 2:42 pm on December 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      this is fucking bullshit i want my money back

    • Joe 5:20 pm on June 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      If you pay the $29.95, and leave the league, they give you the money back?

    • Isaac 1:39 am on August 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      ha this is funny…any leagues out there that pay out more respectably?
      That’s real garbage on ESPN’s account, besides that the small buy-in does keep all owners more active, in general.
      I would do a CBS league for $100 buy in, but they only pay out 60% back to league champ.
      Any ideas ?

      • Matt 12:28 pm on August 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Get some friends or colleagues to play, and entrust one person (usually the commish) to be the treasurer. That’s the only way I’ve ever done it. I wouldn’t trust any company with my league fees.

    • Rich 2:46 pm on September 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Damn. They got me too. Something told me not to buy it but nooooo.
      Someone is too lazy to do a little research first. #[email protected]!

    • Connor 9:36 pm on October 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      THANK YOU. i was sitting there about to buy thinking.. 100 winner’s circle points? what in hell is that? googled “espn winner’s circle prizes?” and this was almost the top link. and thank god. that is absolutely ridiculous. If you create a prize league and wanted to get your friends to buy in, none of you even win the money you all pitched into the pot.. ESPN does! hahaha.

      you’d be better off betting with your friends on how many threes people will make or something. seriously disappointed, especially since the other “official” NBA Fantasy provider has Yahoo! branding slapped shamelessly all over it and is ridiculously difficult to get set up for. Couldn’t even upload a team image correctly onto that one.

      What are we to do if we want to make a private, betting-based NBA Fantasy league with our friends and have an UN-ALTERED prize money pot?

      • Matt 2:12 pm on October 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I wonder how much money ESPN makes off of that ridiculous thing. They’ve kept it going for years so it must be worth running for them.

        I’ve had a Yahoo Fantasy NBA league with friends for several years running now. We’ve been pretty happy with it.

    • Rob 9:14 pm on December 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      i’m officially done with espn fantasy. i won a football league today for which i paid probably $30 to enter … and there is no prize!! by winning you earn these points that can be redeemed for like tee shirts or a thermos. then it takes 6-8 weeks for the points to be delivered. it’s a complete joke. there are some decent prizes like a tv … and it only takes 65 league wins. that’s about $2000 invested for a $500 tv. and winning 65 leagues isn’t that time consuming.

      so fyi to anybody that didn’t know this, if you’re gonna invest in a good fantasy league, it’s hard to beat yahoo. there isn’t a much info … like pre-draft if you need to look up stuff like that, there is no Matthew berry goofball … but the top 3 finishers get some kind of cash payout. basically winners get 6x your money and 3rd place gets your entry fee back. please don’t give any more money to the thieves at the 4 letter network! thanks disney, take some more of everyone’s money

    • Ryan Watson 5:15 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      the best thing about a prize league is like someone mentioned, the fact people stay active and it’s a way for your league to not be a joke.

      If your looking for a true prize league, find people in the same boat as you and make a private league with not entry fee but have a buy in and prizes made on your own then 100% of the entry fee will be won by the winner/s of your league

  • Brandon 9:44 am on August 23, 2010 Permalink
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    NFL leaders through week 2 (of the preseason) 

    Here are your offensive leaders through two weeks of the preseason. We’re now seeing some of the fantasy football cream rise to the top now, with draft-worthy players Carson Palmer, Matt¬†Forte, Ryan Matthews, Greg Jennings and DeSean Jackson all making the lists. Keep an eye on San Francisco running back Anthony Dixon though, who at a minimum will probably be the mandatory handcuff to Frank Gore.


    (Stats via NFL.com)

    • Archie 10:56 am on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hello guys, u helped me to great success last year. I an in a keeper league and am approaching the deadline to let some players go. Which two should I keep from Fitzgerald, Greg Jennings, Ochocinco, Jamaal Charles and Deangelo Williams. Thanks

      • Brandon 11:47 am on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        You’ll want to keep DeAngelo Williams and either Fitz or Jennings…but which one is tricky. Fitzgerald is a beast, but he’s a bit nicked up right now and his quarterback is Matt Leinart (scary!) Jennings has a great quarterback, but didn’t put up the best touchdown numbers last year. I’m going to lean towards Jennings, who needs to rebound to his 2008-09 form.

    • Archie 12:19 pm on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Brandon, we also have defensive players. Last year I got big points from Elvis Dumervil but I have lost him this year to injury. Can u recommend any sleepers on defense that will have a big year in terms of sacks?

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