What's Your Sports Fantasy? Online Game Puts Basketball Fans in the General Manager Seat

By Donaldson, Sonya A. | Black Enterprise, November 2008 | Go to article overview

What's Your Sports Fantasy? Online Game Puts Basketball Fans in the General Manager Seat


Donaldson, Sonya A., Black Enterprise


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WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU COMBINE THE EXCITEMENT of professional basketball with the head games and heartburn of sports deal-making? PASPN.net (http://grn.paspn.net)--the first fantasy basketball game governed by the rules of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement.

Created in 2004 by 29-year-old Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate Ngozika Nwaneri, the Web-based game lets players assume the duties of an NBA general manager or create a sports agency using NBA statistics from the previous season. Play continues into the regular 24-week NBA season using statistics generated by the NBA. Player agents compete via their clients' performance and the contracts they were able to negotiate. The object of the game is for players to retool their teams: Find homes for free agents, create a list for the rookie NBA draft, and negotiate player buyouts. Players can create their own league and invite friends to join.

Nwaneri, who has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer science, has been a Website developer since high school. In fact, it was his tech skills that helped him land a spot in MIT. He started developing the game in 2004, and relaunched it this year.

Nwaneri was surprised to learn that in the fantasy sports world, basketball ranked well behind football and baseball. …

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