Working Paper No. 09-16:
Let the Preseason Begin: Want to Play?

Author(s):

Ross Davies

Date Posted: March 2009

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During the first session of the 111th Congress (Jan. 6-Oct. 30), the Green Bag will be working out the kinks in a new project: FantasyLaw. We are looking for a few test subjects to help us - to share the joys of playing the beta version of FantasyLaw. If you know (or would like to know) enough about both the federal legislative process and traditional fantasy sports to enjoy leading a fantasy league in which the stars have all been elected to serve in the U.S. Senate or the House of Representatives, this might be for you. Please read on.

The basic idea behind FantasyLaw is to enable law fans to treat federal legislators roughly the same way sports fans treat major-league and NCAA athletes. In short:

If you have ever participated in a fantasy league, this is familiar territory. However, one feature of FantasyLaw (other than its sources of players and performance criteria) will set it apart from the typical fantasy enterprise: the lengths to which the Green Bag will go to protect the identities of Owners. There is a good reason for the emphasis on secrecy: Some prospective FantasyLaw Owners are people who would enjoy the game, but who will (upon mature reflection) be willing to play only if they can be quite confident that their identities will remain secret.