Free Fantasy Football Contest for the Troops
September 15, 2008
FANTASYJUNGLE.COM AND THE USO ANNOUNCE FREE FANTASY FOOTBALL CONTEST FOR THE TROOPS
The Fantasy Jungle, a premier fantasy sports Web site, and the USO (United Service Organizations) announced today the addition of a FREE Fantasy Football Contest for this football season for all members of the U.S. military, with more than $10,000 in cash prizes. It is a salary cap style contest where players will have the option of selecting their lineup each week, or keeping it the same from week to week. The prizes will be awarded both weekly and to the top players overall.
The free fantasy football contest is open to everyone and was launched this year by The Fantasy Jungle. The winner of the contest will win $5,000, but if any member of the military wins, The Fantasy Jungle will double the grand prize to $10,000. In addition, the highest weekly score of the season will win $1,000, and each weekly winner will win $100. Signups for Fantasy Jungle Free Football are open now and continue through Week 17 of the season. Every player who enters before Week 1 of the season is eligible for the grand prize.
“The idea came about because we wanted to do something for all of the men and women serving our country,” comments Michael Williams, Fantasy Jungle Co-Owner. “Several of our customers are currently serving in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan and have been drafting this summer in our satellite leagues. They told us how much everyone loves fantasy football, so we reached out to the USO, and came up with an idea to make a free fantasy football contest available to all of the men and women in the armed forces.”
“We are proud to partner with The Fantasy Jungle as they demonstrate their support for America’s troops,” said Sloan Gibson, USO president. “This is an excellent opportunity to boost the morale of our men and women serving in uniform and deliver a home away from home.”
The game was designed for simplicity, yet is challenging and fun. Players simply need to log in each week and submit their team, using a fictitious salary cap of $600. This eliminates the need for a draft or having to make free agent bids or trades every week. “Fantasy Football is such a fun thing to do, and it is growing by leaps and bounds.
Because the members of our military are often called into emergency situations, it isn’t as easy for them to have a scheduled draft or be able to submit free agent bids at a certain time every week. This game gives them the opportunity to enjoy fantasy football wherever they’re serving, while being the GM of their team and making all the decisions,” says Scott Gunaca, Fantasy Jungle Co-Owner.
In addition to the free game, the contest provides all players with access to player statistics during the season, great free fantasy football content that includes articles and rankings, live scoring and access to everything that The Fantasy Jungle offers to its customers. Each person may operate one team per user ID, and can get that ID by signing up at www.fantasyjungle.com.