FFLM in 2008 and Beyond

Some of you may be familiar with our Fantasy Football League Manager (FFLM) program. It is a PC based league management program that runs on the Windows operating system. It was created in the early 1990’s before the web became so popular, and allowed you to run your fantasy football league by entering the rosters and other league data, and then calculating the weekly scores and generating various reports which you could then print out or post on the web for the owners to view. While it was a great program for running your league, it’s popularity peaked in the late 1990’s and slowly faded as the web became more prominent and on-line alternatives such as MyFantasyLeague.com grew in popularity.

Because there were so few leagues remaining that used FFLM in 2007, we have discontinued it as of the 2008 season.   Therefore, it is no longer available as an option to be used for running your fantasy football league. However, it has been updated for the 2008 season, so you can still use it for the various other functions that it is capable of, but not for full fledged league management.

Perhaps the most popular use of the FFLM program was to generate complex and detailed customized reports. This functionality will not be lost, since we plan to release a program similar to FFLM here in the near future. This new program will allow you to generate the same type of customized reports, and it will allow you to output them in various formats similar to the current version of FFLM. For now, though, you can continue to use the most recent version of FFLM to generate reports as needed. It will continue to be maintained until the upcoming replacement program is available.

Another popular use of the FFLM program over the years has been for conducting live drafts with everybody in the same room. It can be used to keep track of all the draft picks as they happen, and it even has audio capabilities so you can have it announce each player’s name and position and NFL team as they are drafted. Some users project it onto a big video screen so all of the owners can see the draft board and quickly analyze all of the current rosters and available players. It also has a timer and alarms that sound off when the clock is winding down to help keep things moving along. It can be used for auctions as well, and it will prompt for winning bids and keep track of each team’s remaining funds throughout the auction.

Other common uses for FFLM beyond league management include setting up complex fantasy schedules, setting up complex draft orders, and calculating player salaries based on fantasy point values from the previous season.

All of these options are still available now in the latest update of FFLM. The program and the corresponding player database have been updated for the 2008 preseason. And the player data will continue to be updated for as long as needed until the new replacement program becomes available.

In the meantime, if you used FFLM to manage your league last season, it’s time to make the switch to MyFantasyLeague.com! Complete instructions and details are here on the FFLM web site. In addition, if you used FFLM in prior years and still have your old league files, now you can use the current version of FFLM to transfer that history to MyFantasyLeague.com for future reference.

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2 Responses to “FFLM in 2008 and Beyond”

  1. Bob Andrews Says:

    Mike and all:

    I’m glad to hear that their will be a report option available in lieu of FFLM. I would have missed those reports. Looking forward to what come next from you guys.

    -Bob Andrews

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