Fantasy Football: Bush League
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Written by Brennan Connors
Fantasy Football is a phenomenon that has swept the nation for years, resulting in hit shows like The League or nationally syndicated talk shows such as ESPN’s The Fantasy Show. Estimated as an industry worth well over a billion dollars, it has seeped its way into the very core of American sports culture. So much so that one would be hard-pressed to not hear rumblings of fantasy talk around the workplace watercooler on a Monday in the fall/winter months. Perhaps you may hear of someone’s praise for Tom Brady’s multiple touchdown passes to push their point total over their opponent's for the win, or maybe the opposite - that they had the win in the bag until their opponent for the week lucked out with Brady’s signature dominance. Regardless, the impact and influence is undeniable and for some, inescapable.
So, it should come as no surprise, that Sugarbush has been a part of the hype since 2013. Each year the unofficial company Sugarbush Fantasy football league, known better as Bush League, has put together 14-16 Sugarbush employees to draft and manage the best Fantasy Football team that they can. For those that know anything about fantasy, that's a lot of players for a league. Members stem from varying departments and seniority, including employees with 15+ years at the resort to newcomers just getting their feet wet in year one. In total, there are over 9 departments represented in the league from Information Technology to Food & Beverage to Human Resources. The result of which is a unique microcosm of the Sugarbush workplace and a business networking tool that many of old could familiarize with the role golf has played for the workplace in the past.
Bush League, commonly used to refer to that of a minor or amateur sporting league is a fitting name. We include and encourage all interest levels to participate, from those who have a passing interest in the sport to those who watch every game on multiple monitors every Sunday. It provides a laid-back competitive environment and opportunity to take interest in games and teams you otherwise wouldn’t pay any attention to, as well as having a topic of conversation with people you may only otherwise see or interact with in passing.
The rules of the league are simple, each week you are pitted against another league member in a 1v1 battle to see who can compose the team with the most total points that week. Each team is comprised of 1 Quarter Back, 2 Running Backs, 3 Wide Receivers, 1 Tight End, 1 Kicker, and 1 Defense along with five extra bench slots where you can store any combination of players/position to best rotate and substitute your team as you see fit. As players catch passes or score touchdowns in real life, you are awarded points for having those players on your team. At the end of the year, the 8 best teams are then pitted against each other in a single-elimination format resulting in a head to head battle in the final week of the NFL season to claim the victor.
The league has evolved over time, with various scoring and rule changes, participants coming and going, even implementing a live draft party to kick off the beginning of the season at one of Sugarbush’s many F&B outlets in recent years. Our motto here at Sugarbush, Cultivating a spirit of lifelong adventure and camaraderie, fits well. Fantasy football is just one of the many ways we have integrated a sense of competitive camaraderie right here in the workplace.