It’s not just a world championship — it’s a celebration. This is where stats & sabermetrics meet millions in cash. And where you meet the greatest minds to ever crunch a box score. Let’s see how you stack up.
If you know baseball, here’s your chance to prove it. No, you don’t need an advanced degree to play. Win any “Qualifier” contest below, your choice of entry amounts — then you’ll clinch a spot in the Live Finals, travel & expenses paid.
All 75 finalists go home with serious cash. Sure, the memories are priceless. But you get paid for where you place:
Not only will you get the chance to meet Bill James — the father of baseball knowledge, as we know it — but you’ll get to mix and mingle with other finalists. Each deserving of their own spot in fantasy baseball history:
George William "Bill" James, born October 5, 1949 in Holton, Kansas, is a baseball writer and historian whose work has been widely influential. Since 1977, James has written close to fifty books devoted to baseball history and statistics. His approach called sabermetrics, a word he coined in reference to the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), scientifically analyzes and studies baseball, often through the use of statistical data, in an attempt to determine why teams win and lose, and why players are successful or not. James invented more than a dozen statistical methods of analysis which are now a standard way of looking at the game. His Baseball Abstract books written and published mostly in the 1980s are the modern predecessors to websites and books which use sabermetrics to study the game today. In 2006, Time named him in the Time 100 as one of the most influential people in the world. James has also written a book, Popular Crime, on the topic of true crime. A new book on this subject will be published in 2017. Currently he is a Senior Advisor on Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox.
Welcome to the 2016 World Fantasy Baseball Championship (WFBC) hosted by FanDuel.com in Nashville, TN. Here are the detailed rules for the tournament.
The WFBC is a daily fantasy baseball tournament with 75 entries. Users may qualify for an entry by winning one of our WFBC Qualifier contests. Multiple Qualifier contests will be available each week at a variety of entry fee levels.
The finals cash prize pool of the WFBC is $1,500,000, which will be awarded to finalists according to their performance in the live final in Nashville, TN on August 20th. Additional cash prizes may be awarded to runner-ups in in Qualifier contests.
Each Qualifier winner will also be awarded a trip package worth $3,500. Each trip package consists of $1,000 airfare credit to be used in purchasing a round-trip plane ticket to Nashville; chauffeured transfer from the airport to the hotel; two nights of hotel accommodations; entry for two to our Friday welcome reception on August 19th; and the Saturday Championship viewing party on August 20th.
The Saturday Championship viewing party will take place in Nashville, TN. Top-of-the-line audio-visual equipment will broadcast the games on the slate for the final so finalists can keep track of their lineups’ performances. Catered food and beverage will be available throughout the day as finalists and guests lounge poolside or take part in a variety of games and activities.
Finalists may qualify for entry into the WFBC up to a maximum of 3 times. A finalist who has qualified more than once shall receive the option of transferring their extra trip package to a third party OR receiving 75% of its cash value (a total of $2,625 to be deposited into their FanDuel account). Entry into the WFBC is non-transferable. Once a finalist has won three seats, he is ineligible to enter any more WFBC Qualifier contests. Either the finalist or a proxy he/she designates will be required to attend the final on August 20th.
Standard FanDuel MLB scoring rules apply to all WFBC Qualifiers and satellites, as well as the final. In the event of a tie for first place in a qualifier, the tying first place finishers will compete in a private play-off contest. The loser of the play-off will receive the 2nd place prize of the Qualifier contest while the winner of the play-off will receive the trip package and the seat in the WFBC live final. In the event of a tie in the WFBC live Final, tied participants will split the prizes for the tied finishing positions.
Participation in the WFBC live final, and the payment of any prize won at the final, are contingent on strict compliance with the Affidavit of Eligibility (shown below). For example, no promotion of other websites or business - of any kind - is allowed by finalists at any events hosted by FanDuel in Nashville (these include the Friday and Saturday events), unless explicit written permission has been granted by FanDuel in advance. FanDuel reserves the right to revoke attendance privileges at any event hosted by FanDuel should unauthorized promotion of a website or business take place.
Contestants will only be allowed to qualify for three seats in the WFBC live final.
All US resident WFBC finalists will be required to provide address and social security details prior to the finals event. These details will be used to file a 1099-MISC with the Internal Revenue Service for any players whose net profit on Fanduel during 2016 exceeds $600.
Finalists agree that their full names, location and/or photos and videos will be used for marketing purposes. They also agree to speak to bloggers and other journalists and media personnel where applicable prior to, during and after the event, and they agree to participate in additional FanDuel marketing activities, all without additional compensation. Finalists also agree that they shall refrain from any behavior or communication which would harm the image or reputation of FanDuel, the WFBC Final Events or the FanDuel user community for the duration of the World Fantasy Baseball Championship weekend (August 19th through August 21st). Furthermore, each finalist agrees that they shall not participate in any promotional or marketing-related activities for other daily fantasy websites throughout the duration of the championship.
Any finalist unprepared to adhere to this requirement will have their finishing position swapped with the first runner up of their Qualifier. In other words, they'll receive a cash prize and the runner up will receive the trip package and seat in the live final.
The decisions made by FanDuel management regarding, but not limited to, eligibility, winners, scoring, travel arrangement, rules, prizes and compliance with FanDuel’s standards of conduct. No correspondence will be entered into. FanDuel reserves the right to make reasonable changes to these terms, (a) to ensure the fairness of competition, and (b) in response to unanticipated developments (such as technical failures, errors, acts of God, natural disasters, terrorism, changes in applicable law, interruption in the MLB season, failure of stats provider, failure of hotel provider, and failure to obtain a minimum number of entrants).
Click the link below to download a copy of the Affidavit of Eligibility, which each qualified finalist will be required to complete in order to attend the WFBC Live Final on August 20th.
In consideration for the opportunity to participate in the World Fantasy Baseball Championship (“WFBC”), and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, I agree as follows: