Bachelor Monday has become a cultural phenomenon akin to football Sunday, and they’re actually ricockulously similar. Sometimes agonizing to watch, a trainwreck you can’t look away from. There are the characters you root for, the ones you love to hate, the ones that enrage you. There’s a drinking component to it, and now you can actually get Bachelor wines. There are weekly recap blogs. There’s constant fan engagement on Twitter. The only thing football had that The Bachelor didn’t? A viable fantasy component.
Well ESPN and ABC are changing that. This season, you can play in a Bachelor fantasy league, powered by ESPN.
Per The Comeback:
In a bit of corporate synergy that would make Bill Simmons happy, ESPN will be running a fantasy league for The Bachelor, an ABC reality show.
The fantasy game is located on ABC’s site, but is powered by ESPN and their fantasy app. Players can guess the top four participants and the eventual winner, along with guessing various events that happen in each episode to earn points, leading up to a grand prize of a trip for two to Los Angeles.
This semi-existed previously, and we actually had a TSM/PGP Bachelor bracket that a fellow writer was running where each week you’d pick the contestants you thought would advance. (Not to brag, but I personally crushed it). The ESPN game is slightly different. You pick a final four right from the beginning, and then each week there are weekly predictions you can make.
Play the weekly game and answer trivia questions based on each upcoming, drama-filled episode. Every Wednesday, new questions for the upcoming episode are released and you’ll have until 4:59 pm PT/7:59 pm ET on the following Monday to lock your predictions. Each correct answer earns you 10 points and bonus questions will be worth 20 points. Each point earned is an entry into both that week’s drawing for a dozen red roses and the Grand Prize drawing at the end of the season.
This format has some promise to it. I like the thought of predicting certain events happening, not just speculating on who will and won’t get a rose. You earn points for correct predictions, and each point gets you an entry to win a sweepstakes to go to “After The Final Rose,” although it’d almost be better if the winner gets an auto-bid to be on the show. .
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