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This is Your Year! Draft a Winning Team with the New Yahoo Fantasy Football App

Are you a fantasy football fan? Today the Yahoo! Fantasy Sports mobile team has launched the 2013 Fantasy Sports app for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android smartphones, with a sleek new design and lots of cool new features.

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This was the first app my father actually downloaded for his new iPhone.  I think he said he wanted to be able to quickly update his team while at work because he's at work a lot.

 

ESPN also has an app.  NFL.com has a Fantasy app.  Every major Fantasy Sports site has a smartphone app, making Fantasy Sports available everywhere in the world, basically, seeing as nearly everyone has a smart phone.

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» Fantasy football game ‘MyGuy’ launches within Viggle platform

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Fantasy football game ‘MyGuy’ launches within Viggle platform...

 

Social TV rewards platform Viggle has launched a new in-app experience in honor of the football season. MyGuy is “a fantasy football app that allows users to earn points and win prizes for watching the games on TV,” according to the company. After viewers check into a sports game — using the Viggle app — they’ll be given an option to use MyGuy. We spoke with Viggle President Chris Stephenson about the launch.

TV-focused sports apps continue to emerge each week. We wrote about five of them in July and there are already many more on the market. Even Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen recently invested in SportStream a new second screen app focused on making sports TV more social. SportsStream points to this study which shows 83% of sports fans check social platforms while they’re watching.

 

For Viggle, this launch shows that they’re more than just an app, but instead a platform available to develop specific niches within the TV ecosystem. Fantasy football is obviously a big part of the social TV football experience and Viggle is trying to innovate the space with the launch of MyGuy.

Lost Remote: Why has Viggle launched a new app experience?

Chris Stephenson: We designed Viggle as a platform on which our network and brand partners can build their own apps and experiences. Viggle is meant to span all TV and the apps that get built on Viggle are specialized, whether that’s around specific shows, subjects, brands, etc. We built MyGuy this way so that we could give the millions of Americans who love fantasy sports a robust experience, including the Smacktalk chat feature, the ability to sub players as the game plays out, etc. It also serves as a proof of concept app for our partners.

LR: What are the social features?

Stephenson: With our integration of Facebook Connect, people can now sign in with Facebook. Additionally, any actions they take within Viggle such as checking in, redeeming points for rewards, playing MyGuy, etc… will all automatically appear on their timeline (provided they authorize that of course).

LR: Will you still encourage sports viewers to use Viggle to watch sports?

Stephenson: Absolutely. Viggle is an integral part of the process. In order to get to MyGuy, the sports viewer first checks into the game on television. MyGuy is presented as an option at that point and the sports fan can choose to play if they want to. MyGuy knows what teams are playing and the Viggle user can easily pick their players. They can sub as often as they want during the game. They’ll get Viggle points for watching the game and they’ll win more based on how their players do.

 

LR: Anything else?

Stephenson: Take a look at the fantasy focus groups that Olivia Lee did for us when we were testing MyGuy. She’s a UK comedienne known for her hidden camera show “Dirty Sexy Funny.” You can find them here (and embedded above) . In addition to Facebook Connect and MyGuy, we also released a program guide within the “What’s On” section of the app. You can customize the guide by tapping and holding on your favorite channels.


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You can't even get away from Fantasy Sports because there are numerous different apps for smart phones.  I feel like businesses are just feeding America's gambling problem.

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Sign Up Now and Save $350 For Social Gambling and Gaming Summit in Las Vegas

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The Social Gambling & Gaming Summit is quickly approaching! On December 10 and 11, attendees will take a deeper look at the intersection of gambling and social gaming at this exciting and innovative event.

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Las Vegas is well-known for gambling.  There are entire summits available in Las Vegas dedicated to promoting gambling.  Gambling is definitely a staple in American society.

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Real-Money Fantasy Football Competition Comes To The iPhone And iPad - Forbes

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He now figures that his app will be the only fantasy sports iPhone and iPad betting app available to consumers during the 2013 fantasy football season.

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Forbes, a media outlet known for its dealings with finances now has an app for Fantasy Sports.  What's worse - it's a gambling app, needing real money to even play.  Wow.

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Albania to stop online gambling abroad

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Albania will close access to all Internet betting sites abroad in an effort to stop the outflow of money from one of the poorest countries in Europe.

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Personally, I remember a bunch of online poker sites being closed down back in 2010 or maybe 2011.  According to the U.S. Government, the owners of those sites were using the profits made for some very illegal things.

 

This seems to me like Albania has a large gambling problem, much like a lot of Americans.  I wonder why it's legal to build a casino right next to the projects, like the Buffalo casino.

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Hands On With The Seven Best Fantasy Football Sites And Apps | TechCrunch

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With the NFL season just a week away, fans are poring over stats, trash talking their friends, and gearing up for the real season: fantasy football.

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