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2017 FSTA Industry Awards Details

The Fantasy Sports Trade Association is pleased to honor both individual and organizational achievement in the fantasy sports industry, as well as contributions our members make to the community and the wider world. Click here to view the previous award winners.

TIMELINE

  1. Friday, Oct. 20 – Tuesday, Nov. 21: Nominations open. Each product, business, or individual nominated must be a current member of the Association in good standing.
  2. Midnight on Tuesday, Nov. 21: Deadline for all nominations.
  3. By Friday, Dec 1: Finalists notified.
  4. Monday, Dec 4 – Friday, Dec 15: Voting period. (Most Outstanding Social Media and Best Fantasy Merchandise categories by fan vote. Media category by panel of judges. Games and All-Star Categories by FSTA membership vote.)
  5. Jan 22-23, 2018: Awards presented at FSTA Winter Conference in Los Angeles.

SUBMITTING AN ENTRY

Each entry is subject to a $25 entry fee that must be paid to be considered. To enter, you will need to create a new login (for the awards site, Judgify.me) that is a separate login than the one you would use on fsta.org, and can be used to edit your entry up until the submission deadline.

RULES & ELIGIBILITY

  • Must be a FSTA member at time of nomination, AND at time of winning.
  • Choose your best, don’t stack the deck! A company can only nominate one type of product or person per each individual category (i.e. FakeFantasyInc.com has three gaming apps. Only one can be nominated for “Best App – Games”).
  • Diversify. A company may nominate one or many products or people over several different categories (i.e. FakeFantasyInc.com can nominate their gaming app for Best App – Games, Innovator of the Year, and Best Draft Room, etc. OR their gaming app for Best App – Games, their podcast for Best Podcast, and their business for Fantasy Business of the Year).

AWARD CATEGORIES

See full descriptions below in Games, Media, and All-Star sections.

Best Fantasy Commissioner
This award recognizes the best commissioner product in the industry. Whether it is user experience, ease of add/drops, revolutionary interface, or any other assortment of characteristics, this category is for the best in the backbone of what makes fantasy fun.


Best Daily Fantasy Sports Game
This award recognizes excellence in daily fantasy sports. And we’re purposely leaving it rather vague and open to interpretation, as one person’s definition of “best” (pricing, loading time, etc) may not the same as the next person’s (excellent lobby, great scoring system). This is for the best daily fantasy sports game, whatever your definition may be.


Best Game, Non-Major Sport
The award recognizes the best game in a sport other than football, baseball, hockey, golf, or basketball. Season-long or daily, if your game features a non-major sport, this is your category.


Best Draft Room
The award recognizes the best in fantasy draft rooms. We made this category separate from “Best Fantasy Commissioner” for two reasons: 1. because the draft room experience is increasingly a different experience than the ins-and-outs of team management, and 2. because so many fantasy players say they love playing on company x, but company y has an amazing draft room.


Best App – Games
This award recognizes excellence in the mobile gaming experience. Please note that this is separate from the news and content app, which is in the “media” category.

Best Podcast
This award recognizes the best fantasy podcast in the industry, regardless of size, sport, or distribution. Please note that this is separate from the Radio Show category.


Best Radio Show
This award recognizes the best fantasy sports radio show in the industry, regardless of size, sport, or distribution. Please note that this is strictly for radio shows, and not for podcasts.


Best Short Form Video (-30 minutes)
This award recognizes excellence in short-form fantasy sports video — whether it’s a three-minute advice video posted to a website or a short-form series on Facebook or YouTube.


Best Video Show (30+ minutes/broadcast)
This award recognizes excellence in video programming, and must be a regular show that runs for at least half an hour per episode.


Host of the Year (TV, Radio)
This award recognizes the best host in all of fantasy sports, regardless of the medium.


Analyst of the Year (TV, Radio)
This award recognizes the best analyst in all of fantasy sports. Please note that this is a TV/radio/podcast award, and not a writing award.


Best News & Analysis Site: Multiple Sports
Best News & Analysis Site: Single Sport
These awards recognize excellence in fantasy news and analysis. We split them into multiple and single sport categories to acknowledge both the depth and breadth of fantasy coverage in our industry.


Best Print Publication
This award recognizes excellence in fantasy print publication.


Best App – Content/News
This award recognizes the best content/news mobile experience. As is the case with many of these awards, we will leave the parameters up to the nominators, as one person’s view of “best” (speed of loading time, navigation) differs from the next person’s (depth of coverage, newness of content).


Best Data Provider
This award recognizes excellence in data and wire service providers.


Most Outstanding Social Media – Fan Vote
This award recognizes excellence in social media, whether it be through funny tweets, volume of Snapchats, frequency of Instagram posts, interactions with followers, or any number of factors. This category will be voted on by fans.


***note: for more in-depth writing and audio/video awards, please check out our friends at FSWA.org.

Best Fantasy Merchandise
This award recognizes excellence in fantasy merchandise, whether that be a belt, trophy ring, t-shirt, bottle of hot sauce, or anything else that has a tangible association with fantasy sports. This category will be voted on by fans.


Rookie of the Year
This award recognizes the best new fantasy company, across any genre, medium, sport, or discipline.


Innovator of the Year
This award recognizes the company or individual who brought something new, exciting, and lasting to the fantasy industry and community.


Humanitarian of the Year
This award recognizes an individual in the fantasy industry who impacted his/her community in a positive manner through selflessness and thoughtfulness.


Fantasy Business of the Year
Consider this the equivalent of Best Film. Whatever goes into your thoughts on what makes fantasy excellent, this is the company that embodied it in 2017.


Small Fantasy Business of the Year
Consider this also the equivalent of Best Film, but for a company with fewer than 30 employees.