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How Will Fantasy Sports Operators Stay Relevant & Engage Fans In The Dog Days Of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

Fantasy sports is a big part of American culture. It is a key driver behind thousands of Watch Parties organized by bars and restaurants.  The COVID-19 pandemic swept through the nation like wildfire bringing mainstream sports to a halt.   Traditional operators now need to get creative and stay relevant within the sports community. The national directive to self-quarantine would be much easier if live mainstream sporting events were running.  They would serve as a great distraction from the seriousness of this virus affecting us all.  StatementGames Inc. is one operator that continues to unite and engage sports fans through there platform.  The StatementGames Inc. platform operates a game with a twist on daily fantasy sports.  Even in the dog days of COVID-19, games are available for play daily.

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Washington Capitals Watch Parties & Fan Club Events for WSH

The fan thrill that comes with watching a Washington Capitals hockey game matches no other. The pure talent, exciting stadium, and superb management sum up what all sports teams look to achieve. The ownership uses social media as a bridge between the fans and the team, giving everyone the ability to feel as if they truly are part of the Capitals community. With over 785K Instagram followers, 755K Facebook followers, and 772K Twitter followers, the Capitals strive to keep all fans around the globe up to date on news, score, and insider information.

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St. Louis Blues Watch Parties & Fan Club Events for STL

Watching the St. Louis Blues playing the game of hockey is an experience like no other. The young, rising stars that fill the team’s roster elevate the gameplay to such a level that the stadium is filled with fans dying to get a glimpse of this talent. The Blues use social media as their main method for organizing events for fans to meet players, increase their global fanbase, and provide inside information about the team. With 740K Facebook followers, 604K Instagram followers, and 748K Twitter followers, the Blues pride themselves on having a large social media base to inspire fans from around the world to support the team. 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Sports to Watch on TV that are not Cancelled

Last updated: March 20, 2020

FanWide is compiling a list of sports which have not been cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  FanWide is America’s largest sports viewing and if you are a sports fan or bar, this list will guide you on what to watch and where.

Please contact FanWide to add a televised or streamed sporting event which we missed.

Fan Clubs, Soccer, watch party

New York Red Bulls MLS Watch Parties & Fan Club Events for Red Bulls

Originally known as the New York MetroStars, the New York Red Bulls are a Major League Soccer powerhouse. With an emphasis on fast, exciting play, they have already picked up their first win of the 2020 season. The Red Bulls seriously value their fan experience, boasting an extremely successful youth academy, a player appearance program and the eleven days of service initiative. For Red Bulls supporters living across the globe, FanWide is essential as the community regularly congregates for watch parties and fan club events. 

Fan Clubs, Hockey, watch party

Los Angeles Kings NHL Watch Parties & Fan Club Events for LA

The Los Angeles Kings have created a large fanbase for themselves due to the ways they stay connected with their fans. The team utilizes their social media accounts on sites such as Instagram (617K followers), Twitter (1.2M followers), or Facebook (919K followers). On these sites they commonly post team updates, post game interviews, stats, and anything else a fan might need. These are perfect places for fans to stay updated on their team. 

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Texas Rangers MLB Watch Parties & Fan Club Events for TEX

Did you know the Texas Rangers were originally the Washington Senators? With a rich history of players such as Nolan Ryan, Alex Rodriguez, Elvis Andrus, and more, the Rangers have become one of the most consistent clubs in the MLB. One of the many reasons for this constant success can be attributed to the foundation of strong fans both in Texas and around the world. This is evident on social media, as the Texas Rangers have 598K Instagram followers, 1.44 million Twitter followers, and 2.19 million Facebook followers. The Rangers do have a strong social media portfolio, but they have also developed a foundation for fan engagement. 

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Seattle Mariners MLB Watch Parties & Fan Club Events for SEA

Did you know that the first Major League Baseball franchise in Seattle was called the Pilots? After departing for Milwaukee, Seattle was ultimately given a new franchise in 1977: The Seattle Mariners. Legendary players such as Ken Griffey Jr., Ichiro Suzuki, Edgar Martinez, and Félix Hernández have brought success to a club and city that has some of the most passionate fans in the world of sports. Furthermore, regarding Ichiro, the Japanese fanbase of the Seattle Mariners is incredibly unique. As Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times writes, “fans, media, and an entire nation want to see him launch one of those patented line drives into left-center or a hard ground ball through the right side.” The passion of Japanese fans and fans across the globe is evident as seen through the Mariners’ strong social media portfolio. With 1.15 million Facebook followers, 611K Instagram followers, and 567K Twitter followers (2.328 million total followers), the Mariners vast following allows them to connect with fans all around the world. 

Analysis, Events

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Best Practices for Bars, Restaurants and Food Service

Last updated: March 16, 2020.

FanWide is America’s largest sports bar network, providing a technology platform for restaurants and entertainment venues.  The world’s leading sports organizations and brands use FanWide’s services and technology to enhance their bar programs and grow their fan communities.  FanWide also consults with hundreds of bars around the country every week and we have heard some concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Since the company is based in the American epicenter of the spread, Seattle, we’re seeing a few of the affects ahead of the rest of the country.  We wanted to share our best practices to make your customers and staff feel and be safe!

Ask FanWide for a coronavirus flyer!
Ask FanWide for a coronavirus flyer!

Do you have any other suggestions?  Send an email to info@fanwide.com and we’ll add the helpful ones to this blog to share with the rest of the community.

FanWide’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Best Practices for Bars, Restaurants and Food Service

  1. Be Informed Daily: Check any official guidelines each morning for your building, district, city, county and state.  Here are the CDC Guidelines and you can Google search links to the areas relevant to you such as the DOH in Washington.
  2. Enforce Cleanliness at the Door, Bar & Tables: You want your bar to look clean and be clean. Have sanitizer and proper signage displaying where sanitizer is accessible when people enter. Also have sanitizer at every bar, and table.
  3. Post a Sign on your Door: Tell everyone that you are open and that you are coronavirus-aware.  Contact FanWide and request a custom poster like the one above.
  4. Constant Table Cleaning: Shared items like menus are one of the dirtiest things in the restaurant. Make sure to clean these items after each customer or group. Also consider bottles of ketchup and other condiments, salt and pepper, straw dispensers, etc. Give everything an extra wipe after every customer.
  5. Attract New Customers: If you’re seeing any drop in attendance, then become a FanWide Elite member.  FanWide will support your business development and marketing team to bring in new events and customer 20-person alumni happy hours to featured events with 1000+ fans through official partnerships with major sport organizations.  Please visit FanWide’s blog to view a list of televised sports which are not cancelled: https://fanwi.de/coronavirussports
  6. Never Reuse Glasses: If a customer at the bar asks for a refill, pour their drink in a new glass, exchange it for their dirty glass, then wash your hands. Never put a customer’s glass near the tap or beverage dispenser.
  7. Never Use One Bar Towel on Multiple Tables: Your team should be aware that the towels need to be bleached after each and every table to prevent accidental cross contamination.  This is not the time to be lazy about table maintenance.  Consider printing up signs to place on the table that let guests know that the table has been disinfected with bleach.  This also helps your hostess identify tables that are ready for new guests.  Providing this level of reassurance will promote repeat customers as they will want to go to the business that has their best interests at heart.
  8. Washing Hands After Collecting Anything from Guests: Wash hands after removing plates, returning credit cards, grabbing the bill, etc. After touching anything a customer already has, you want to make sure to wash your hands to not introduce new germs.
  9. Show your Customers you are Clean: Post a flyer or sign saying that you are taking extra precautions to keep the bar clean and everyone safe. Encourage them to make additional suggestions for cleanliness.
  10. Paper Towels & Garbage by Doors: Encourage everyone to open your front and bathroom doors using paper towels and make it easy to throw away. Place trash cans near the entrances and exits of the bathroom doors.
  11. Space Your Tables: If your bar is experiencing a reduction in guest attendance, consider removing a few tables from the service area and spreading out the remaining tables to provide a more space between patrons.  Especially if you have a bank of two tops that are close together.
  12. Order Additional Supplies: Make sure to accommodate for shortages of cleaning, packaging, straws, etc. from interrupted supply lines. This is especially true for anything shipped from Asia.
  13. More Sanitizer: Check with your supplier and pick up extra hand sanitizer. Make sure that the hand sanitizer is available at the bar. You can even have your servers walk by a new table and offer it to your guests upon arrival. Coronavirus is scary, but use it as an opportunity to prove your level of service.
  14. Keep it Friendly in the Front:  Staff in the front of the house should not wear masks. Although actual rules can vary by state, according to FanWide’s COO and practicing attorney Jeff Sarvas, “Restaurant managers generally have the right to enforce a consistent standard of uniform for their staff, which can include requiring staff to not wear masks if they are not at risk.” If an employee has health concerns and will not work without a mask, they should be allowed to go home without reprimand.
  15. Keep it Safe in the Back: Encourage kitchen and back of the house staff to wear masks. They are handling many raw materials that can easily spread Coronavirus to all customers.
  16. Staff Check In: When your staff comes into work, check in with each of them about how they are feeling. Require them to scrub their hands and use a disinfectant wipe for their cell phones, keys and anything else they brought from home that they may touch.
  17. Use Delivery Services: While some customers may not want to come into the restaurant due to other guests, many are still supporting the restaurant industry by ordering through services like Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash and Postmates.  Make sure you can maximize your food sales, even if the guests are not coming inside.  This will also support the delivery drivers.
  18. Curbside Pickup: Let your customers know through your social media and mailing lists that your kitchen is still open and customers can pick up their food from outside the restaurant.  Post signs or banners outside saying “Curbside Pickup Available | Support Local Businesses” and allow your guests to call in their orders and have someone standing by the door to meet guests in their cars.
  19. Pay Staff to Stay Home if they are Sick: This is tough for some businesses to afford, but if you can compensate your employees to not work if they are feeling sick, this will significantly reduce any risks. Washington State is compensating contractors who wish to work from home to reduce the risk of spreading, so your state may too.
  20. Consider Communicating in All Languages: Make sure you share this information with your staff through their native language if it is not English so that all your employees follow these best practices.
  21. Defer your Payments: If you owe money to your credit card company, bank or other group, give them a call.  Most now have coronavirus policies in place which allow you to defer your minimum payments and not get charged interest.

We know that times are tough, but we’re here to help!  Please make sure you send us any tips that we should add to this list.

Good luck!

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San Jose Sharks NHL Watch Parties & Fan Club Events for Sharks

The San Jose Sharks, founded in 1991, are a member of the Pacific Division of the National Hockey League’s Western Division. Known by locals as ‘The Shark Tank’, the SAP Center at San Jose has been the team’s home since 1993. The Sharks community is extremely inclusive and active among the youth, with programs like The Sharks Foundation, Little Sharks and Reading is Cool. Additionally, the hockey club engages with their broader fanbase in countless ways, including social media, the weekly newsletter and Sharks365. Remote Sharks supporters, unable to benefit from the immediate fan opportunities, must use FanWide as it connects Sharks fans through events like watch parties and fan club meet-ups.