NFL.com Fantasy Football Gets Social With Google+ Hangouts

Fantasy Football just got a lot more social. In a first for any fantasy league, NFL.com Fantasy Football will be integrated with Google+ Hangouts, it was announced today. NFL.com Fantasy Football presented by Verizon will be the only fantasy game to integrate Google+ Hangouts for the 2012 season, making it the first fantasy game to incorporate multi-party video chat.

Google+ Hangouts allow friends to connect face-to-face-to-face via group video chat. NFL.com Fantasy leagues now may host their drafts “face-to-face-to-face,” even if participants are half a world apart. League rules changes can now be settled through live video chat, replacing lengthy e-mail chains. During the season, NFL.com Fantasy players may hang out while watching games.

A Google+ Hangouts button will appear throughout NFL.com Fantasy Football leagues. Users who click the Hangouts button will launch their fantasy league’s unique Google+ Hangouts page. Live notifications and other features will be added to the experience throughout the season.

Other new features on NFL.com Fantasy Football presented by Verizon include: The first draft client for tablets. NFL.com Fantasy users now may begin their drafts at their computers and then take their draft with them into another room or on the go. NFL.com is the only fantasy site to have draft client for tablets.

Roster Options, which give fans a chance to allocate backups on their roster in the event they are unsure if their starter will have a good game. Each league must decide rules and regulations for using Roster Options. When using Roster Options, NFL.com will assign a fantasy team the higher number of points scored between the team’s starter and backup. NFL.com is the only fantasy site to offer Roster Options.

Auction Draft option gives fans an even deeper GM experience than before allowing leagues to set fake salary cap numbers and draft players through an auction style assigning values to them.

Also new this year, fans may play Perfect Challenge Fantasy Game presented by Castrol® featuring a $1 million prize for picking the “perfect” fantasy lineup in any week of the 2012 NFL regular season. Fans may register for the free game now at www.nfl.com/fantasyfootball. The new offering puts experts and beginners both in the game with a shot at the ultimate fantasy prize. The Perfect Challenge Fantasy Game presented by Castrol® features an eight-player roster each week – with one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, one kicker, and one defense/special teams unit. To qualify for the $1 million prize, fantasy team owners must pick that week’s highest-scoring player at each position (top two players at running back and wide receiver). Scoring is based on the standard fantasy scoring in NFL.com’s Fantasy Football game. Each week is scored separately and fans may join at any point during the season. The Perfect Challenge Fantasy Game presented by Castrol® also offers weekly prizes.

For fans on-the-go, NFL Mobile only from Verizon enables fans to track their NFL.com Fantasy Football teams and leagues. NFL Mobile delivers live scoring on game day, plus up-to-the-minute player news, injury updates and official inactive reports. Plus with live NFL games on Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights, NFL RedZone, and live NFL Network coverage, fans will stay up-to-the minute on the latest game action and player news.

NFL.com Fantasy Football presented by Verizon continues to be the only site that has NFL highlights, including instant in-game highlights. Once a big play happens involving a player on a certain fantasy team, the video highlight will appear on the screen in as quickly as 30 seconds.

NFL.com Fantasy Football presented by Verizon makes available two free platforms. NFL Custom League provides fans the opportunity to customize a league for their friends. Fans who sign up for NFL-Managed League (NFL.com Fantasy 2012) will be in a league run by NFL.com and be eligible for a chance to win official NFL prizes including a trip to Super Bowl XLVII.

NFL.com is the first place to get the game-day inactives & regular injury reports. In addition, NFL.com Fantasy Football provides users with a drag-and-drop function to simplify roster adjustments.

NFL.com Fantasy Football presented by Verizon will provide a comprehensive ‘Activity Feed’ for each player and league. The unique feed contains breaking news, transactions, injury reports, discussions, and league-manager changes all in one place. Fans can see all league activity in one area and make comments on activity as it happens.

Verizon is the presenting sponsor of NFL.com Fantasy Football. Associate sponsors of the game include Dodge Ram, Miller Lite, Snickers and USAA.

In August 2007, NFL brought the operations of NFL.com in-house and re-launched the site. In June 2010, NFL brought operations of NFL.com Fantasy Football in-house and launched its game. NFL.com is the home for the most NFL highlights and video on the web.

Perfect Challenge Fantasy Game presented by Castrol®: No Purchase Necessary to Enter or Win. Purchasing Will Not Increase Your Chances Of Winning. This Game May Not Be Used To Conduct, Advertise Or Promote Any Form Of Gambling. Registration starts 3:00:00 pm ET on 8/1/12, ends at kickoff (approx. 4:15 pm ET) of last 2012 NFL regular season game on 12/30/12. Open to legal residents of 50 U.S. & DC, 18+ years as of registration date. Void where prohibited. Subject to Official Rules available at www.nfl.com/fantasy or by sending a SASE for receipt by 2/4/13 to: Perfect Challenge Fantasy Game presented by Castrol® RULES, C/O National Football League – Digital Media, 345 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10154. Sponsor: NFL Enterprises LLC.

NFL.com Fantasy 2012: No Purchase or Payment Necessary to Enter or Win. Purchasing Will Not Increase Your Chances Of Winning. This Game May Not Be Used To Conduct, Advertise Or Promote Any Form Of Gambling. Registration Period starts at 3:00:00 p.m. ET on 5/30/12, ends at 11:59:00 p.m. ET on 10/13/12. Promotion Period starts at kickoff of first NFL 2012 regular season game (approx. 8:30 p.m. ET) on 9/5/12, ends at the completion of the last Week 16 NFL 2012 regular season game (approx. 11:59:59 p.m. ET) on 12/23/12. Open to legal residents of 50 U.S. & DC (CA residents may participate, but they are not eligible to win a prize), 21+ years as of registration date. Void in CA and where prohibited. Subject to Official Rules available at www.nfl.com/fantasy or by sending a self addressed stamped envelope for receipt by 2/6/13 to: NFL.com Fantasy 2012 RULES, P.O. Box 17009, Bridgeport, CT, 06673-7009. Sponsor: NFL Enterprises LLC.