LOVELAND, CO – In a press conference at the Budweiser Events Center,Project FANchise announced that the group has acquired ownership of the Indoor Football League's (IFL) Colorado Crush. FANchise will bring their revolutionary mobile technology platform to the Colorado Crush, bridging the gap between traditional sports, fantasy sports, and e-sports and providing a truly interactive and immersive experience for fans.
In early 2015 the FANchise ownership group received unanimous approval from the IFL for their first team, a new expansion team that fans named the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles. The Screaming Eagles are the first fully fan-run pro sports franchise, with fans hiring the coach, choosing the players,and calling plays in real time. The Colorado Crush will be the second IFL team to implement the FANchise technology and join forces with a network of fans spanning all 50 U.S. states and 21 countries.
"Football fans have evolved and are now more sophisticated in how they engage with the sport. Our goal is to not only provide our fans with unheard of access in the decision-making process of the team both on and off the field, but to showcase how fantasy football can be a reality," said Sohrob Farudi, Project FANchise Chief Executive Officer. "FANchise continues to feed the appetite of hungry football fans looking to bring their experience and knowledge of pro football to the next level and we couldn't be more enthusiastic toprovide this opportunity to the Colorado Crush organization, community and fan base."
The Colorado Crush franchise was established in 2002 and has been a fan favorite throughout Colorado and Southern Wyoming for years. FANchise will look to immediately engage with the fanbase and put their football knowledge to the test. Leading into the 2017 regular season Colorado Crush fans will begin to unlock opportunities to participate in team related votes, polls and be kept up-to-date on all IFL league news.
In addition, fans in the upcoming months will have opportunity to join the Colorado Crush's Virtual Front Office as Fan Scouts, Fan Coaches, and General Managers giving them access to private forums, weekly calls with the GM, coaches, and staff, and insight into the front office like never before.
Former Denver Broncos Linebacker and Co-Owner of Project FANchise Al Wilson will bring his near decade of experience as an NFL All-Pro to the Crush organization. Wilson will work with the Crush's Front Office assisting in the transition of the organization and as a liaison between the fans, players and the front office to ensure long-term success.
"I am so excited to bring the FANchise technology to the Colorado Crush as I know how passionate and engaged they are in understanding the business of professional football," said Al Wilson, Co-Owner of Project FANchise. "The IFL has produced NFL players such as Kurt Warner and Fred Jackson so I know there is a great deal of talent in this league. I can't wait to show the world how ourfans can build a championship caliber team."
To kick things off the Crush will be providing their first fan vote for Head Coach of the 2017 season
starting today via http://coloradocrushfootball.com/coach-vote/ until Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 11:59pm.
The vote is between two experienced coaching candidates: Jose Jefferson and Alvance
Robinson. Fans will be able to watch videos of in-depth job interviews of both coaching candidates where they answered questions crowd sourced from the fans. Fans are also encouraged to reach out to both coaches via social media to ask additional questions before making their decision.
To find out more information, inquire about 2017 Season Tickets and become a Virtual Fan for the Colorado Crush and Project FANchise please visit us our websites and via social channels.