The Bachelor is getting into the fantasy league game. While the long-running ABC dating show is already known for its fantasy suites, this season The Bachelor will also launch its own fantasy league. ABC and ESPN are teaming up to roll out The Bachelor Fantasy League, an official fantasy game experience created for the upcoming season of The Bachelor. According to a press release posted by ABC, the game is presented by Disney's upcoming movie Beauty and the Beast and will be powered by ESPN and the ESPN Fantasy App.
The weekly Bachelor game will allow players to challenge each other as they predict which four women will make it to the hometown dates during Nick Viall's Bachelor season, and even more importantly, who will get Nick's final rose and a possible marriage proposal on the final episode. Every correct predicts earns a player points that will entered into a grand prize drawing for a trip for two to Los Angeles to attend the taping of The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose next May. Correctly guessing other Bachelor-related tidbits each week can earn players entries for smaller prizes, like a dozen red roses.GQ reports that ABC's version of The Bachelor game lacks a draft, which is usually one of the most important parts of sports fantasy leagues. Still, users can create groups within the game, and beginning Wednesday, Dec. 28, players can start to create leagues and make their picks for who will make it to Nick's hometown dates and who will get that Neil Lane sparkler.
This isn't the first Bachelor-based fantasy league game—unofficial leagues and brackets have been making the rounds for years—but it is the first official model powered by ABC. While the game features elements of sports fantasy leagues, ABC is carefully dubbing it "The Bachelor Fantasy League sweepstakes" to make it clear that it is not a gambling game. Regardless, this game will pair nicely with a box of wine at The Bachelor viewing parties.
Of course, diehard Bachelor fans have an edge in this fantasy game. It is common knowledge that the first contestant out of the opening night meet-and-greet limo often makes it far on the show, so that could be a clue as to one of the women that makes it to Nick Viall's final four. In addition, Bachelor host Chris Harrison has already named five women to watch (out of a cast of 30 women) on Nick Viall's season. And finally, Bachelor blogger Reality Steve has already spoiled Nick Viall's entire Bachelor season, including the final rose ceremony in Finland, so the identities of the final four ladies aren't exactly a big secret.But for those who choose to steer clear of the spoilers, reference items for The Bachelor Fantasy League game can include the official bios of this season's 30 Bachelor beauties, as well as Nick Viall's own interviews. Viall previously told Bustle's I Want it That Way podcast that he has always been attracted to confident women with strong personalities. The Bachelor star also said he likes edgy women who will stand up to him and challenge him, so players may want to look for those traits when making their predictions in The Bachelor Fantasy League game. But you may want to leave some room for producer manipulation, as there always seems to be one contestant that lasts long on the show purely for entertainment value.
The Bachelor fantasy league game is available now on ABC.com/BFL or on the ESPN Fantasy app. The Bachelor premieres Monday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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