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The Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) is an organization that represents journalists in the United States who cover fantasy sports.[1] It was founded in 2004.[1] According to its website, the organization's mission is to "be a voice for writers in the arena of fantasy sports. Moreover, the organization, through its executive staff and board of directors, will strive to promote and acknowledge the hard work and dedication shown by fantasy sports writers throughout the industry." Andy Behrens serves as the President of the FSWA. The website can be found at www.FSWA.org.

History

The association was founded in 2004. Ryan Houston was the first president, succeeded by Kirk Bouyelas in 2006, Mike Beacom in 2008, and Andy Behrens in 2014. [2] Near the end of each calendar year, nominations are made through a blind process. A group of judges with teaching backgrounds and a familiarity with fantasy sports narrows down the submissions to a group of typically 3-5 finalists. A second group of judges then chooses the best submission in each category. The finalist is typically announced in January, with winners announced about a month later. In order to garner more of an audience for the industry awards, the last few have been broadcast live on Sirius XM radio's Fantasy Sports channel.

Writing Awards

The Fantasy Sports Writers Association has been providing awards since 2004 to honor the industry's best writers.[1] The awards are typically presented each January at a meeting of the organization in Las Vegas. Many of the winners come from sites and publications dedicated to fantasy sports, while others come from general-purpose sports publications.

Past winners

Several members of the industry have been nominated for and won multiple awards. The leaders - by individual and media outlet - are listed below:

Hall of Fame

In 2010, the FSWA established a Hall of Fame to honor fantasy sports writers, publishers, and editors "who possess a distinguished body of work and/or those who have helped to advance the careers of others in the fantasy sports industry."[6]

The classes of writers inducted into the Hall of Fame are below.

Class of 2010
Greg Ambrosius
Matthew Berry
Scott Engel
Eric Karabell
Greg Kellogg[7]
Class of 2011
David Dodds
Brandon Funston
Emil Kadlec
Nate Ravitz
Peter Schoenke
Ron Shandler
Class of 2012
Ryan R. Bonini
Tristan H. Cockcroft
William Del Pilar
Michael Fabiano
Dan Grogan
Bob Harris
James Quintong
Class of 2013
Glenn Waggoner
John Hansen
Class of 2014
John Hunt
Matthew Pouilot
Jeff Erickson
Class of 2015
Joe Bryant
Jason Grey
Alex Patton
Class of 2016
Peter Kreutzer
Lenny Melnick
Ian Allan

References

  1. ^ a b c "Growing fantasy sports scene is big business". The Business Review. May 28, 2007. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
  2. ^ "Fswa.org". www.fswa.org. Retrieved 2023-03-10.
  3. ^ "2012 FSWA Writing Awards". Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Retrieved February 7, 2013. Affiliations are seen at "2012 FSWA Writing Awards Finalists". Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  4. ^ Ota, Kevin (15 November 2017). "ESPN Fantasy hires award-winning writer and neural engineer André Snellings". ESPN. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  5. ^ Schauf, Matt (January 28, 2009). "CBS, Sporting News Take Multiple FSWA Trophies". Fantasy Sports Business. World Sports Technology Inc. Archived from the original on 2009-03-03. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  6. ^ "FSWA Hall of Fame". Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  7. ^ "FSWA Hall of Fame".