MOUNT LAUREL, NEW JERSEY — The NFL Alumni Association (NFLA) has partnered with UFF Sports and Zilliqa to create and promote the first-ever professional Legends Fantasy Football NFT League that is attached to the real players.
The Ultimate Fantasy American Football League (UFAFL) and American Football Legends League (AFLL) is an NFT-based fantasy football innovation that will stream revenue back to the people that deserve it — the players. This league will be high stakes with the world’s best simulated fantasy players coaching in this one-of-a-kind league, powered by Zilliqa.
“UFFS is very proud and honored to be a part of this powerful announcement that merges the greatest American football stars of all time with Zilliqa, the world’s most powerful NFT blockchain, and UFFS, the platform that brings professional fantasy sports to the NFT space,” said Tony Charanduk, UFF Sports president and co-founder.
Zilliqa is the first public blockchain built entirely on a sharded architecture that’s scalable, secure, decentralized, fast and low cost. Designed in academia, Zilliqa’s advancement enables thousands of low-cost transactions per second and the creation of safe and secure smart contracts using the Scilla language.
Zilliqa will now be recognized as the official blockchain and cryptocurrency of NFLA, to work with the entire NFLA membership and utilize its platforms — more specifically, by educating members on the use and benefits of leveraging $Zil in their everyday lives.
“Zilliqa is delighted to join with UFFS to become a Diamond Enterprise Partner of the National Football League Alumni (NFLA). It is a fantastic association that has an impactful mission to support not just former NFL players and coaches, but also cheerleaders and even stadium staff who have contributed to the NFL’s success over the years,” said Colin Miles, Zilliqa’s Chief Commercial Officer and Co-CEO. “The NFLA has the support of some of the greatest players ever to grace the Gridiron, and Zilliqa is proud to assist the NFLA in providing players with a compelling way to manage their valuable image rights in the amazing, fan-fueled world of NFTs. Both parties can deliver tokens that provide an everlasting connection (and returns) to players that will be with them forever on the Zilliqa blockchain.”
The American Football Legends League (AFLL) will immortalize the greatest players in NFL history as part of the most in-depth and interactive fantasy football simulation ever created. Only 32 franchises will be auctioned off (and be their own NFT), plus each legend is a 1-of-1 fantasy player. Roster sizes will be extensive and include offensive linemen.
Spanning multiple eras, there will be individual NFL alumni player NFTs auctioned off over the coming weeks, months and years. AFLL’s format creates ongoing revenue streams for the retired players through NFT sales, gameplay earnings, betting, merchandise, and other avenues.
The AFLL franchise auction sale will take place Sept. 16-18, 2021, with proceeds going towards the large prize pool and league development.
The inaugural AFLL season is scheduled to kick off on Feb. 6, 2022 — on Pro Bowl Sunday — and continue through a 17-week season, plus playoffs.
Before the AFLL gets rolling, the current generation of NFL players will be represented in the Ultimate Fantasy American Football League (UFAFL), which will mirror the NFL with only 32 franchises, adherence to the real-world salary cap, and regular season schedule.
“Featuring a full 53-man roster, the UFAFL ensures that every single active NFL player has fantasy value in what will be the most engaging and detailed dynasty fantasy football experience,” said Andy McNamara, Head of Football Operations for UFF Sports.
The much-anticipated UFAFL franchise auction (each franchise is an NFT with unique branding) is slated for July 16-18, 2021. In an exciting twist, the player draft order will be determined by final bids during the franchise auction — highest bid will receive the first overall pick in every round, and the franchises will select in order of highest to lowest purchase price. Click here for more information on the event.
The UFAFL begins Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season.
The first step to getting involved as a franchise owner or football scout is to register here on the UFFS platform. Once registered, users will need to purchase SCO — the native token SCORE Coin that is utilized for all transactions on the UFFS platform, including bidding in franchise auctions. SCO is available on ZilSwap, debuting at $0.20 USD on May 3 and soaring over $1 USD within the first month.