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July 7, 2003

New fantasy offering allows fans to run their league, their way

ESPN.com has launched its latest fantasy football product, League Manager, a new, full-service league management-style game. League Manager allows fantasy football fans to become the "league manager" by purchasing an entire league and running it the way they choose - customizing rules, scoring and other options.

"League Manager really is your game, your way,'" said John Kosner, senior vice president and general manager, ESPN.com. "And ESPN.com surrounds the game with the very best editorial content to help fantasy players get the best from their experience."

League Manager - which will sell leagues for $99.95 - boasts a host of features that provide flexible customization of scoring and help make the game more convenient for league and team owners. Among those features:

  • Three options: Gives players the option of a new live draft application, a list draft or the option of taking part in an offline draft and uploading the results.
  • Team Quarterback (TQB): New to ESPN Fantasy Games. If the starting QB for the team on a roster goes down, all the points put up by the replacement(s) for the remainder of the game - and any games going forward - still count for scoring.
  • Future Roster Editing: All team owners are able to set rosters weeks in advance of any game.
  • Individual Defensive Players: Allows team owners to draft individual defensive players or select the Defensive Player Utility that includes all defensive players. The Defensive scoring categories are completely customizable.

Along with League Manager, ESPN Fantasy Games offers ESPN Fantasy Football, Pigskin Pick'em, College Pick'em and Gridiron Challenge. For a limited time the League Manager purchase price includes:

  • ESPN Insider access (all football season);
  • ESPN The Magazine football Draft Kit issue;
  • ESPN League Manager Baseball Hat and ESPN the Magazine t-shirt.

In addition, fantasy football fans playing most ESPN Fantasy Football games can - for the fourth year in a row - receive alerts regarding fantasy news via their wireless phones.

For more information, and to sign up for League Manager, go to: http://games.espn.go.com