Premier Fantasy Championship
By Jon Loomer

September 17 | September 5 | Intro

September 5, 2006

I'm not going to lie to you. When we thought up the idea for The World's Most Exclusive Fantasy Competition, I had no idea what type of reception we'd get. It could be the most innovative fantasy idea of the year, but that doesn't mean anyone will want to participate. Or read. Or care.

However, there are some crazed fans out there, and some fantasy freaks looking to flex their muscles as well. Taking that into consideration, I figured we'd get anywhere from 30 to 30,000 applications.

Yeah, had no clue.

Well, the PFC is only a couple of weeks old, fantasy games haven't begun to launch, and we already have in the thousands of applications. I haven't counted. I just know it's a lot.

I'm also assuming that many of you who have applied have similar thoughts. You're thinking that it's quite possible that there aren't many people applying for this. Fill out an application, say a few of the right things, and you're in.

Oh, it's not that easy.

When you have to read every single application (really, I do), it's funny how the vast majority all blend into one. First, I appreciate everyone's applications. Even those of you who decided to send multiple times. Hitting delete 30 times is a good use of my time. Seriously, it brought a chuckle.

It also made me realize that we've got something here. People do care. As much as I wanted this to be a global competition, there was no way of knowing whether I'd get any international interest. Sure, NBA.com is a global site, but is fantasy truly that big elsewhere?

It is. I can tell you that I have received applications from the US, Canada, Spain, Italy, Australia, Germany, UK, Philippines, Ireland, New Zealand, India, Brazil, Yugoslavia, Singapore, Turkey, Israel, Austria and Sweden. Actually, there are others, but members of my short list currently reside from these countries.

And think that it would be a struggle to find international fantasy freaks to compete with those from the US? Think again. And for this reason, I direct my next message to the Aussies.

I'd say 15% of my applications come from Australia. Shockingly, it's true. There is plenty of competition. And so, you will need to bring more to the table than "I can bring Aussie flavour to the competition."

Not to rag on the Aussies because I loved the applications. The point, though, is that the 200-word essay is there for a reason. Sell yourself.

Instead, the recurring theme has been, "You should include me in this competition because I love the NBA!" So do the other applicants. Give me more.

If you want in, see this as your shot to win The Apprentice. Sell yourself. Sell hard. Separate yourself from the endless competition. Join the Jon Loomer fan club. Actually, no. Don't do that. That would enter the realm of scary and creepy.

I can tell you that I have about 50 very strong candidates right now, and I am completely caught up on applicants. Never mind, new application in. And another. The point is, you see, that we still have another month to pick participants. Sell, baby.

Also keep in mind that the rules are not set in stone. I'm still thinking of adding some interesting twists. Maybe we'll have a true "expert" as a contestant. Clearly, that person is not me (funny har har, I'm no expert). I've also considered going to a daily match-up format. Here, you'd match-up against one team today and another tomorrow. I see this as a possibility because it could even out the luck factor that inevitably arises when you have only four match-ups during a month. If we did this, maybe we could go with a playoff system that includes seven-game series. Why not?

Still thinking. Whatever the final twists and turns, I'm looking forward to notifying those 30 people and getting this thing rolling. You have until the end of September. Until then, we wait.

If you hadn't previously read about the PFC, brush up here. To apply, go here.