The September Project
Introduction to the September Research Project
Note: The writing is authentic and was recorded using digital media so if anybody doubts the accuracy or the truth behind my research project, inbox me for a copy of the audio. Thank you and I hope you can enjoy. I understand the some people will be confused and that’s entirely ok. My goal is to get the thoughts about DFS onto paper and see how the industry transforms over a period of time. Thanks for reading and I truly apologize if I pissed anybody off and notify me immediately if I didn’t write something accurately. It’s a small sample size here, but my research has compiled over 45 different accounts. I will be busy bringing this up to date ASAP. Thanks for understanding RG fam.
Let me start off my saying, September proved to be an interesting month for a number of reason. I was able to conduct several interviews and gather enough information to gauge how people around me felt about fantasy sports. My research brought me all over campus, but more importantly, my work was kept private. I didn’t want word getting out because my objective would’ve been defeated. I wanted a true glimpse at the campus around me and not something staged, so I kept my sample size small and low key. People are probably wondering why I cared about my work being exposed to a large audience, but they fail to realize I didn’t want to approach this the wrong way and bombard people with something they might’ve heard from a friend already. Keeping my research confined was the objective because I only wanted to work with a sample. If this research project worked out, then I would look to expand and maybe open up more about it. However, most students and friends of mine who had no idea I was involved in daily fantasy sports were largely already familiar with certain DFS platforms. My goal was to get an honest perspective and I believe I did. Below, I’ve listed one interview that I conducted.
KEEP IN MIND, I will try to post numerous interviews per blog post, but some are longer than others, therefore, I am only restricted to one. I apologize for those who want more, but translating notes is sometimes very time consuming and the accuracy is important.
_for all purposes related to this research project, I used “X” for the questioner and “Y” for the interviewee.
Part I of 2 (Survey)
Begins when student walks into room
X: What do you like to do for fun? What do you do in your spare time?
Y: Partying with friends and video games. Yeah, that’s basically it.
X: Have you ever played sports and if so, what sports did you play?
Y: I played baseball and soccer in high school.
X: Were you always a fan of sports, or did you play to stay busy?
Y: I played because I loved the game of baseball and I’ve always been a fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New York Giants. I’m from Connecticut, so I can see why you might ask why, but it’s just the way I grew up.
X: Were you ever one of those kids that played fantasy sports on ESPN, CBS, Yahoo, or anything of that nature? For instance, were you in any competitive leagues? What attracted you to fantasy sports if you answered yes?
Y: Fantasy football was the only thing I really tried, but I was too busy to do anything else. Fantasy sports were fun with friends in high school for sure. Yeah, a ton of fun.
X: What do you know about the daily fantasy sports industry? Have you heard about it before?
Y: I’ve seen over a million Draftkings and Fanduel commercials LOL.
X: Has their advertising blitz turn you on or off of daily fantasy sports, or did it have no effect?
Y: It hasn’t really had an effect on me, besides the fact I think it’s annoying. I wont’ say my interest level was effected by these companies though.
X: Would you consider looking into daily fantasy sports, no, and why if you answered yes or no?
Y: I would probably look into it at some point. I mean, yeah. It’s a cool idea.
X: Can you describe a time when a friend or family member mentioned FD or DK, or another platform?
Y: Not really, my circle doesn’t really care about it. We have obviously seen the advertisements everywhere, but it’s really not doing much I guess, besides being annoying.
X: The sites are able to adapt to the player’s wants/needs because of surveys. Their surveys seem really useful because they are always trying to improve their product/service. If you had to make s statement in regards to daily fantasy sports, what would it be?
Y: I don’t think most people watching TV understand DFS. It would be appropriate to do more research on my part before I answered the rest though, mainly because I never put money in and tried to win anything. I really don’t know much about it either, but I would say it’s a great idea.
PART 2 OF SURVEY AFTER QUICK 2 MINUTE BREAK
X: Have you ever been on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How did you handle it?
Y: Yes, back in high school when I played baseball.
X: I’m wondering because every night there is a player not pulling their weight. Of course, people respond to these situations differently, but money is on the line and people get angry quickly. Emotions lol.
Y: Hahaha yeah.
X: Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it?
Y: We were peer-reviewing each other’s essays and I had to be honest and truthful with the other writer. Their piece of writing needed some work, but it was positive criticism because I wanted to see them do well.
X: How would you describe your work style? They say DFS takes a lot of work because it’s a “skill” game? What do you think about that?
Y: I think a person gets out of something whatever they put in something.
X:What techniques and tools do you think would be useful to a person’s success in DFS?
Y: Being a sports fan? Is it the same as building a fantasy team on ESPN or CBS? I would probably go about it the same way, no? I’ve had a fantasy football team before, but I’ve never put money on DK or FD so I wouldn’t necessarily know how to answer that.
X: If you had to choose one, would you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detail-oriented person? I ask this because it connects to how certain people research in my opinion. Everybody has a different way of looking at statistics and information necessary to making the best judgement when deciding to build teams to make money. In other words, everybody has different techniques and ways of going about things in DFS. I’m sorry if you lost me there.
Y: I’m a detail-oriented person, but that also comes from my software engineering studies. I wish I could understand what you were saying more, but I get what you mean by it.
X: What is your biggest fear in regards to the future of this industry?
Y: I would say legal problems. That’s the only thing that scares me, but like you said before to me in LIT class, never judge a book by its cover. You learn something new everyday and there might be a day where I look into this further.
X: _ I appreciate your time man and thanks for doing the interview. I tried, LOL! I’m not a professional by any means, but I was just working on this project._
Y: Thanks bro and no problem at all. Keep me posted on how everything goes.
X: Exits room.
Y: Exits room.
end of interview
The interview was conducted on September 2, 2015 and audio is also available. Those of us in the DFS community, we should respect criticism and be open to it. Ultimately, new players are going to drive this business forward. Keep a positive vibe and stay up. We need to accept differing opinions and some will not like what we take pleasure in, regardless of how strongly we tell our story.