By Joe Pisapia, FanDuel Insider
The NFL isn't just a game, it's an experience. The same is true of fantasy football and nobody delivers that experience like FanDuel.
FanDuelVille has created as a one-of-a-kind fantasy sports entertainment center where fans can partake in everything from fantasy games to signature drinks and premium hospitality services. This "Football Utopia" needed a leader, though, and FanDuel created a contest for one lucky local fan to become the Mayor of FanDuelVille. Sounds like a tough job, but somebody had to do it.
Jacksonville resident Bill Peavey received an invitation to play a FREE FanDuel tournament in which the winner would hold this coveted post. An avid FanDuel player, Peavey built a roster with a core of Aaron Rodgers, Chris Ivory and Julio Jones that carried him to the top spot in the contest. Our Mayor was on his way to the office!
First, he was picked up by limousine and escorted to EverBank Field, where prime seats were waiting for Mr. Peavey and his brother. They were given on an all-out shopping spree, and as Bill puts it, "Christmas was taken care of for the family." Then it was off to the Bud Light Party Zone where specialty brews were enjoyed before heading off to the Jaguars "War Room." Waiting for him was GM David Caldwell, who officially drafted Peavey to the team. Then it was off to pregame warmups, but that was only the beginning for our Mayor.
He and his guest were escorted to the FanDuel stage, where he was informed that his next stop was London, England for the Jaguars game overseas. Mr. Peavey's journey continued abroad, boarding the private team charter to the UK. Upon arrival, he was amazed at the scene.
"Regent Street was lined with fans," he said. "I saw every jersey imaginable. The Ohio State marching band played, and about a half million people visited the site." The crowd was 85,000 strong at Wembley Stadium for the game and they were cheering on both sides of the ball. "Everyone was just thrilled to have the game in front of them." he remarked.
Of all of these amazing moments, one stood above the rest. Bill and his brother were invited to a private dinner at the famed Abbey Road Studios. This historic Rock 'n Roll landmark was the birthplace of many of the Beatles' greatest hits. While there, not only did they break bread with Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, but they were also given a private tour of the facility, including the control room and storied recording studio itself.
The best part of conducting this interview was the ear-to-ear smile Peavey wore on his face the entire time. It was almost as if he had won a Super Bowl and was hoisting the trophy above his head. It was a genuine grin of joy and an experience that he said "was better than winning thousands of dollars." This was something he will remember the rest of his life and it all came from playing the game he loves: FanDuel.
The Jags were victorious in both games he attended and now GM David Caldwell thinks Peavey is a good luck charm. When I asked Mr. Peavey if he would seek higher office now that he had such a successful run as mayor, he chuckled and said, "We'll see where this goes." Seems like it was going pretty well.
So now the real question is, what are you waiting for? Are you ready to be the next Mayor of FanDuelVille? Go to Jaguars.com/FanDuelVille and enter the free weekly contest on FanDuel to win.