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0 Subject: Daily Blurb - August 30, 2014

Posted by: Guru
- [330592710] Sat, Aug 30, 2014, 11:34

Miss me?

Itís been almost two months since my last blurb. Iíve been traveling quite a bit this summer, and focusing mostly on DailyBaseballData.com. Frankly, Iím not sure what my ongoing RotoGuru blurb strategy should be. But thatís a topic for another day

I came out of hibernation today to provide an update on football preparations. This morning, I launched Football Pickoff for 2014. I know the layout is a bit antiquated by todayís web standards, as itís essentially unchanged in appearance since the game was introduced way back in 2002. There have been some ďbehind the scenesĒ advances to automate things that used to be done manually. But in terms of basic functionality, my attitude is ďif it ainít brokeÖĒ. I think itís all working properly, but please report anything that seems incorrect or out of date.

I do plan to provide sortable stats for several football formats again this year. First up will be Fireleague Ė which is the successor game to the old Smallworld format. I hope to have those stats (players, prices, etc.) up sometime early next week. Later, Iíll be adding sortable stats for the affiliated daily contest sites, starting with FanDuel and DraftKings. Not sure if those will be up before NFL Week #1, but frankly, the sortable stats arenít of much value until after some stats start to accumulate. In any event, Iíll get them out when I can.

Speaking of daily contest sites, two significant sites were bought out by DraftKings over the summer. DraftStreet and StarStreet were both taken over by DK, which now seems to be the primary competitor of FanDuel. I suspect there will be more consolidation in that space over the next year. Both DraftStreet and StarStreet once offered interesting game alternatives (weekly contests for DS, and a stock market version for SS), but it seems that there just isnít enough interest to sustain those one-off formats. Too bad, as I enjoyed both of those game styles.

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