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FAN Take – What’s In A Nickname

By Annalece Montgomery

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

For the second year in a row, during MLB’s Players Weekend players will be wearing special jerseys with their nicknames on the back instead of their last names. This weekend, August 24-26, all eyes will be on the jerseys, not the ball.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see some of these guys sharing photos of their jerseys on social media in the coming days, and frankly, there are some we’re pretty excited for. Some of our favorites that we can’t wait to see are Keynan Middleton (Angels, “Major Key”), Jake Marisnick (Astros, “Big Fudge”), Ken Giles (Blue Jays, “100 Miles Giles”), Carl Edwards Jr. (Cubs, “Stringbean Slinger”), and Drew Steckenrider (Marlins, “Steckasaurus”). For the full list of who is wearing what nickname, click here.

A few weeks ago, we shared a story a story about players having emojis featured on their jerseys instead of last names. While we did not do an official poll on whether or not the fans would like to see something like this incorporated in the FCFL, we received some quick “Please God no” responses, while others said they loved the concept.

How do we incorporate this into the FCFL – or better yet, should we incorporate this into the FCFL? Should athletes be allowed to pick their own nickname, or should a teammate decide for them? This could lead to some fun hijinks behind the scenes. Or better yet, should the fans vote for the names on their backs? If it’s not emojis or nicknames, how about Twitter handles, gamer tags, Insta names, or Twitch IDs? Whether or not we see nicknames – or anything other than last names – on the jerseys for our athletes, something tells us Co-Founder and Commissioner Ray Austin will be found frequently wearing a jersey featuring “The Commish” on the back. We want to hear from YOU on this hot topic, so let us know what you think!

 Power To The FANS!

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