Fantasy football isn’t just a test of your sports knowledge, it’s a test of your relationships; creating deeper community connections…even ...
Fantasy football isn’t just a test of your sports knowledge, it’s a test of your relationships; creating deeper community connections…even if a little smack talk is involved. At least that’s the premise beyond ESPN’s brand-new “Only in Fantasy” campaign which launches today and highlights the inherent humor of the game - from the unlikely rivalries and alliances created to the humorous antics and risks associated with being in last place or losing to a loved one.
ESPN tapped long-time agency partner Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners (BSSP) to launch this new work, the first live-action campaign collaboration between BSPP and the brand." The campaign leads with short-form, high-impact spots, titled "Elevator”, “Ice Cream" and "Therapy" which will air nationally; each one a comedic vignette that tells the story of how fantasy football is a big part of daily life and relationships. “Elevator” and “Ice Cream” will live on their own as :15's, but also be paired together for a bookended :30 edit, highlighting the comedic pacing in a unique way.
Drawing on an insight (from the brand’s research) that community connection with friends, coworkers, and family is a key reason fans continue to play ESPN Fantasy Football, the campaign highlights how fantasy allows for unlikely relationships to exist, where everyday problems are overshadowed by fantasy league problems. As a result, BSSP intentionally featured unlikely situations, such as coworkers referring to each other by their fantasy team names, and a married couple discussing their fantasy football disagreements while in therapy, all of which happen “only in fantasy”.
Robyn Tenenbaum, Creative Director at BSSP says, "The
world of Fantasy Football is filled with so many hilarious truths, it’s
undeniably fun to play. And this was an undeniably fun project to work
on. Only in fantasy are the rituals, smack talk, last place punishments,
punny team names, and the relationships it puts to the test, the very
things that make it so enjoyable to be a part of. Our
This new work follows up previous fantasy campaigns BSSP and ESPN have worked on since 2019 like 1+1=ESPN Fantasy Football. In addition to that collaboration, the two have partnered on ESPN’s lauded “One App, One Tap” campaign, producing three iterations, with the latest spot, “One App, One Tapp: Phase 3” launching this past April.
This new campaign includes various elements. The spots will run across linear and online video and will be supported with media running across radio, podcast, digital ads and OOH. Additional spots will roll out in the coming weeks.
EVP Commercial Marketing Networks & ESPN: Laura Gentile
Vice President, Brand Marketing: Seth Ader
Senior Director, Brand Marketing: Peter Mulally
Associate Director, Brand Marketing: John Lobo
Marketing Assistant, Brand Marketing: Lenny Washington
Executive Creative Director: Sinan Dagli
Creative Director: Robyn Tenenbaum
Design Director: Dennis Remsing
Art Director: Cedric Thurman
Senior Copywriter: Justin Cannon
Senior Copywriter: Julia Waicberg
Senior Producer: Cade Wallace
Head of Strategy: Jake Bayham
Account Director: AJ Marino
Account Supervisor: Amanda Burtnett
Production Company: World War Seven
Director of Photography: Damian Joaquin Acevedo
Executive Producer: Megan Pfaffenroth
Line Producer: Kelly Crooks
Editorial: Work Editorial
Editor: Biff Butler
Assistant Editor: Will Nguyen
Executive Producer: Remy Foxx
Managing Director: Marlo Baird
Producer: Juna Drougas
Finishing / VFX: Exile
Visual Effects Supervisor: Dino Tsaousis
Flame Assistant: Adam Greenberg
Senior VFX Producer: Mike Tockman
Color: Company 3
Senior Colorist: Bryan Smaller
Senior Producer: Mario Castro
Producer: Nadia Dabibi