Fantasy Football Index plans
Posted Jul. 12 at 04:08 AM
Although we've cancelled our ink-on-paper magazine this year, we will publish an electronic edition of Fantasy Football Index approximately three weeks after the NFL owners and players sign a new labor agreement. We'll begin taking orders for the digital magazine (and Cheat Sheet Update newsletters) as soon as the NFL releases its calendar.
A hair-on-fire contract signing frenzy will commence 4-5 days after the players and owners reach an agreement. We'll lock down our analysis and rankings about 10-14 days later -- after the rookies and 490 free agents have a chance to sign contracts. A couple of days later, we will distribute the digital magazine to subscribers in PDF format. Current speculation says the labor agreement will be signed around July 20; that would put digital magazine distribution somewhere around August 10-12.
No final decisions have yet been made, but the electronic magazine might not include an experts poll or mock draft/auction. Those details are still being worked out. It will be very difficult to conduct a poll and compile the results even as free agents are moving from team to team.
We will begin taking orders for our newsletter products after the NFL releases its revised 2011 calendar. We aren't taking orders yet because we don't know how much to charge. Until a deal is signed, we won't know the length of the preseason or the regular season.
Readers who preordered the 2011 edition of Fantasy Football Index can request a cash refund, an exchange for the 2012 ink-on-paper magazine, or an exchange for this year's digital edition of Fantasy Football Index.
The ink-on-paper edition of Fantasy Football Index will return to newsstands in 2012.
Posted by John Moore | Jul. 12 at 06:10 AM
Fantastic!! In our league, we affectionately call your mag "The Bible". Can't wait for this years edition!!!
Posted by Jason Obusek | Jul. 12 at 11:49 AM
More reason to hate this lockout...my stack of Fantasy Index will now be one short. All year sitting on the throne I will have to read a previous year's edition of the Index, although I do already but that's beside the point. C'mon guys I'll give you $100 bucks for a printed copy! $200! I KNOW FOR DAMN CERTAIN I am not the only one sad about this. Let us, the readers, join together and DEMAND our printed magazine! Or just print one for me, then I'll have a collector's edition. Ian......IAN......please, with a cherry on top? And John Moore, everyone calls it the Bible, c'mon man.
Posted by DAVID DIGREGORIO | Jul. 13 at 02:50 AM
Bought all 5 fantasy mags I found. One of them says that Romo is a risk because Kitna might take his job. Another identifies the Eagles first round pick (an OL) as an upgrade for their DL. Can't wait for something worth reading.
Posted by John Moore | Jul. 13 at 07:17 PM
@ Jason Obusek. We call it that due to the fact that while they aren't always spot on, it is the best and most consistent fantasy football out there for OUR league since we aren't a run-of-the-mill fantasy league. We don't follow a lot of the formats that almost all fantasy mags cover exclusively, so they're almost worthless to us. Our league has been running for 18 seasons and we learned a long time ago that it's the best mag for us based on the info it provides as it pertains to our rules/format.
Posted by Jason Obusek | Jul. 14 at 06:49 AM
That's awesome John! I'm well aware of these things THAT'S WHY I WANT MINE SO BAD! I was just reading Fantasy Football '93 on the toilet the other day! I guess I could print out the 600 pages and scrapbook the thing but that seems a bit anal. Some people go to church and pray at night, they read their bible. I sit on the toilet and read The Index, My Bible. Now all year I have to drag a laptop with me? Just sucks. I guess I'm going to have to take it up with Santa.
Posted by John Moore | Jul. 14 at 08:28 AM
lol. I understand that! Funny you mention the '93 edition. I was reading it today myself. First one I ever bought.
Posted by MICHAEL HOLMES | Jul. 17 at 01:45 PM
Jason and John I am with you, I HAVE TO HAVE the "hard" copy the internet versin just WON'T work. I found this magazine via the internet purchase about 10-12 years ago and up until about 6 years ago I never saw this magazine in the corner Kwik Fill or Supermarket. That was to my advantage as I ruled my leagues consitantly with the INDEX info.!!!!.. After that my championships became a bit harder to obtain with more league members realizing that "Cheaters do indeed Prosper" So if we can't have the ink-on-paper version for 2011, I will take solace in the fact this year may return to normalcy where I am the ONLY owner in my league(s) to be dialed in with the INDEX. BUT I STILL AM HOLDING HOPE FOR THAT 2011 "Hard" COPY!!!!
Posted by SCOTT SACHS | Jul. 18 at 12:58 PM
As one of the first subscribers from "back in the day", I feel the pain as well. The lockout has affected all of us FFB guys adversely as well. Thank goodness for Ian, Bruce, and the gang! Hey guys, I'm available for mocking--er, mock drafts, if you'll have me again!
Posted by Richard Weber | Jul. 19 at 12:11 PM
Guys, I'd suggest you simply print out the PDF version of the magazine. That's what I'm going to do. Staple the sucker and you have all you need to read on The Throne. It's not the same as the bound magazine, but it's the closest thing.
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