The commissioner must create a Friends Mode league before setting up a Championship in that league.
To set up a Championship, the commissioner selects the Championship size (number of participants), the Championship duration (the number of contests within the Championship), one-time entry fee, leaderboard type that determines grand prize, and prize structure (Winner takes all or Top 3 win prizes).
Once created, a Championship’s settings cannot be edited. The commissioner can cancel the Championship up until the moment it fills.
If the Championship is canceled by the commissioner, he/she can create a new Championship in the same league with different settings.
A Championship for NFL can be created any time prior to the wild card playoff round.
A Championship for NBA, NHL, EPL, or MLB can be created any time prior to the last three weeks of the regular season.
Entering a Championship
Once the commissioner creates a Championship, league members can enter by paying the designated one-time entry fee.
After entering a Championship, participants may cancel their entry, and have their entry fees refunded, at any time until the Championship fills.
A Championship fills when it reaches the selected number of participants. At this point, the Championship is considered locked, the Championship or its entries may not be canceled, and entry fees may not be refunded.
If a Championship does not fill by the time the first Championship contest would start, the prize money that had been been allocated to that contest will be added to the season-long Championship prize(s). This reallocation will repeat, and the Championship prize(s) will grow, each week until the Championship is full.
Playing in a Championship
Once the Championship is locked, the first Championship contest will be auto-created for the next applicable slate becomes available.
Each Championship contest will use the slate(s) of games selected by the commissioner.
Championship participants must set a lineup in order to participate in that day’s contest. For NFL/EPL/PGA, contests open at Tuesday at noon ET. For MLB/NBA/NHL, contests open at 8pm the night prior to a selected slate.
If a Championship participant does not set a lineup for an individual contest, he/she will receive no score for that contest. If a participant does not set a lineup for any contests throughout the duration of the Championship, he/she will receive no total score at the end of the season and will be ranked below any participant that had set a lineup for at least one contest.
A Championship will last from the date of the first contest played through the end date (number of contests) selected by the commissioner.
If a Championship contest is postponed or canceled for any reason (e.g. fewer than two participants enter lineups in a Championship contest, or a slate is canceled at FanDuel’s discretion), the prize money allocated to that week will be added to the season-long Championship prize(s). No points or prizes will be awarded to any participants for the canceled contest.
Prizes & Championship Leaderboard
All Championship contests will follow FanDuel’s standard rules & scoring for contests of the sport selected by the Commissioner (available here).
The Championship leaderboard tracks the performance of each participant throughout the duration of the Championship, based on the leaderboard type selected by the commissioner during creation. The season-long Championship prize(s) will be awarded to the participant(s) at the top of the Championship leaderboard at the conclusion of the season, in accordance with the prize structure set by the commissioner.
The commissioner can select from the following leaderboard options: total score throughout the Championship, top five (or ten) scores throughout the Championship, and total first place contest wins.
If multiple participants tie for a Championship prize-winning position at the conclusion of the Championship, the participant with the highest individual contest score amongst the tied participants will be deemed the winner. If multiple tied participants have the same highest individual contest score, the prize for that particular place in the standings will be split between them.
The weekly contest prize will be awarded to the participant who finishes in first place in a given weekly contest. If multiple participants tie for first in a given weekly contest, the weekly contest prize will be split amongst them.
If a Championship participant’s account is suspended or disabled, the Championship will continue to run, and the participant will be unable to set lineups for further contests until his/her account is reactivated. Entry fees will not be refunded.
The Championship will follow FanDuel’s general slate cancellation rules. If a slate is canceled, prizes for a contest in that slate will be allocated to the Championship grand prize.