The Fantasy Man offers credible, knowledgeable, and most importantly, reliable, fantasy baseball and football advice through TheFantasyMan.com, FantasyBaseballExpress.com, FantasyFootballExpress.com, The Fantasy Man Show Podcast, Email, and an interactive chat board where you can post fantasy baseball related questions, ideas and strategies.
HistoryIn January 2006, Fantasy Man Founder, Editor, and Fantasy Baseball Expert, Mike Kuchera, created his first Podcast, a 30 minute rant on his two favorite fantasy leagues, some of his favorite fantasy baseball strategies, and some world news that he found somewhat humorous. As it turns out, The Fantasy Man Show was the first fantasy baseball podcast published on iTunes! That night about 10 people subscribed to the Podcast. By the next night, he had over 25 subscribers, by the end of the week about 125 subscribers and at the end of two weeks, The Fantasy Man reeled in over 450+ subscribers. This instant success prompted a second Podcast and by the end of January, Mike had over 1000+ subscribers. The Fantasy Man was born, offering his email address for “instant” and “personal” fantasy baseball advice, ranting on about any kind of funny story he could find, anything to draw in more traffic.
At that time, no one else was producing Fantasy Baseball Advice Podcasts. Podcasting itself was only about a year old and there really were only a few hundred Podcasts in general available on the web about various topics. Within 2-3 months of Podcasting, one or two more Podcasts popped up (Roto Kings & Baseball Geeks), and the fight for a new niche was born…. Free Fantasy Baseball Advice!
By the beginning of February 2006, the self-proclaimed “Fantasy Man” launched www.FantasyBaseballExpress.com and reeled in its first advertiser, an online sport ticket broker, www.TicketSolutions.com with a text link ad. The Fantasy Man slowly started to add fantasy baseball related content, strategies, rankings, ideas, etc., all while personally answering every emailed question within a 24-hour period, one of the first on the Internet to promote fresh, personal, and quick fantasy baseball advice for FREE!! By April, The Fantasy Man was responding to 25+ emails a day from people asking for advice on draft strategies, team management strategies, keepers, trades, rankings, etc.
The demand for more prompted the creation of The Fantasy Man’s Blog which is now www.FantasyBaseballExpress.com in July of 2006..
At the beginning of November 2006, Mike sat down and drew out a plan to beef up The Fantasy Man’s brand/production/promotion for the 2007 season. This meant link exchanges, more marketing, branding and PR, more articles, and more Podcasts. Now, it’s The Fantasy Man’s Thanksgiving Day Extravaganza Podcast that kicks off every new season, 3-4 months in advance. While everyone else is still talking fantasy football advice, The Fantasy Man is talking fantasy baseball in hopes of preparing managers to be more successful for the upcoming season. At the same time, Mike assisted and/or consulted fellow fantasy sports experts like Lenny Melnick and Fantasy Baseball Empire’s Jeff Boggis get their websites/podcasts up and running. In the winter of 2007, Mike, along with Brad Stewart of www.MLBFrontOffice.com co-created the Internet’s first totally FREE 250+ page Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide helping now prompt Brad Stewart as one of the industries best fantasy baseball experts.
Going into his 5th year of service, The Fantasy Man has taken off! Mike has now appeared in Fantasy Sports Magazine’s Krause Publications Expert Mock Draft two years straight which include experts from CBS, ESPN, YAHOO!, FOX Sports, to name a few, plays in numerous Expert leagues with some of the industries most trusted experts, has written content for many different websites, has communicated with fantasy baseball enthusiasts in over 20+ countries, and has helped many fantasy managers across the world win their fantasy leagues.
What’s Next?Looking ahead at 2010, The Fantasy Man is on the brink of innovation! His newest project, hopes to give fantasy managers a new way to get “instant” fantasy sports advice via their mobile device! Keep an eye out for something later on.
Fantasy Man Entertainment?This is a bit of an experiment which started when a comedian friend, John Iavarone of J2Comedy wanted to get into the YouTube business. John and I worked together on what is our first production, “Stupid Boss Trying to do a Fantasy Baseball Draft at Work” and plan to do more. This started a plan to help John book additional comedy gigs in the New York Metropolitan area and to help create visibility as a comedian. Question is, what’s next?
About Mike KucheraMike Kuchera has a Bachelor of Arts in the area of Sport Management and a Master of Science in Education. His experience includes stints with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), the New York Knicks, Jacksonville Jaguars, LPGA, and the US Open (Tennis), SportsBrandedMedia, Inc., and currently works for a company that builds the world’s best sports performance gear, Under Armour. His creations, The Fantasy Man brand, Fantasy Baseball Express, Fantasy Football Express, Fantasy Man Entertainment, The Fantasy Man Show Podcast, and TheFantasyMan.com are all units of Fantasy Sports Express, Inc., in which Mike is Founder/President/CEO.
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