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Reality fantasy baseball

Posted at 12:38 PM on July 11, 2006 by Ben Tesch

MSN and LivePlanet (the company that created Project Greenlight as seen on HBO and Bravo) are creating a new program called Fan Club, which is supposed to be starting today.

The idea behind Fan Club is that you (meaning the audience) get to control a real minor league baseball team, the Schaumburg Flyers, in a manner similar to fantasy baseball online. Viewers will be able to make decisions such as batting lineup and which pitchers start (but you can't intentionally mess with the team by putting players in positions they're not qualified to play).

MSN will air video highlights of games, along with off-field footage of players and their families, in order to bring viewers into the world of the Schaumburg Flyers, which is not affiliated with a major league franchise.

"We'll cover the team on and off the field, so fans can base their decisions on statistics or on what's going on in the lives of characters we bring to life," explained Keith Quinn, LivePlanet senior VP of development and production.

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