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Startup Company Own The Moment Provides Collectors With A Sports NFT Analytics Platform

A Florida based sports technology startup recently launched with the goal of becoming a Bloomberg-type resource for sports non-fungible tokens (NFTs) by providing analytics along with market insights and information for the rapidly growing collector community.

Own the Moment (OTM) is now merging its NFT analytics platform with the lucrative and ever-growing world of fantasy sports.

NBA Top Shot was launched by Dapper Labs in the summer of 2020, helping NFTs become a household name. NBA Top Shot NFTs are similar to digital trading cards, but with added utility. Following endorsements by some of the NBA’s biggest stars and through mainstream recognition, Top Shot helped propel Dapper Labs to a $2.6 billion valuation in less than a year.

Dapper Labs Invested in OTM

Dapper Labs currently has licensing agreements and business relationships with the NBA, NFL, UFC and other professional sports leagues. Several of the leagues top stars are also investors in the company. Justin Herzig, co-founder of Own the Moment, said he and his partner, TJ Laessig, built their analytics platform around Dapper Labs’ NFTs.

“Dapper Labs is one of our early investors,” said Herzig. “So, what we’ve built is for people who want to become better and smarter collectors.”

OTM recently launched its NFL All Day NFT marketplace. Users are able to track price fluctuations for NFTs of NFL players, peruse analytics and insights, buy and sell NFTs with other OTM community members and also track progress against other sets of players and teams. Herzig said it allows for a seamless and educated experience.

Even though they have several years of professional blockchain experience, Herzig said the co-founders were initially confused when they first heard of NBA Top Shot. The partners were at first critical of the idea, but then became excited and finally passionate about the new concept. Following that roller coaster of emotions, Herzig said they realized there was a large gap in the market.

“While we loved the idea of being able to own these digital collectibles, there was no content there,” said Herzig. “There was no one talking about it or helping you cross that path.”

Herzig compared the NFT space to fantasy sports. Herzig and Laessig were semi-professional fantasy sports players, with both winning prize pools in the six figures. Herzig took note of the many self-proclaimed experts offering fantasy sports advice and analytics online. Physical sports trading cards also enjoy the same level of guidance and support.

Herzig and Laessig created a bi-weekly YouTube broadcast to bring the expanding sports NFT community together and learn from each other. Herzig stressed the community aspect of OTM and said that informing and educating users to help them create an enjoyable experience is part of the company’s DNA.

“If you’re not making educated purchases,” he said, “if you don’t have confidence and conviction in your decisions, then, unfortunately, you’re probably going to have a poor experience.”

OTM Analytics Website Launched March 2021

Herzig said their idea snowballed from there, and the pair added a podcast.  Finally, in March of 2021 they launched OTM’s analytics website. The website helps users realize the best time to buy or sell their collectibles.

Herzig used a Tom Brady NFT as an example. When a company mints an NFT of Brady, perhaps only 25% of the collection is in the initial release. Basic supply and demand principles dictate that when the other 75% becomes available, the value of the NFT will drop.

The Owner’s Club Fantasy Game

While Herzig called the analytics platform the company’s bread and butter, OTM also launched a fantasy game around NFTs in August, called The Owner’s Club (TOC). TOC allows collectors to use NFTs of professional athletes in fantasy sports games.

“Last year for the football season, we gave away over one and a half million dollars in prizes,” Herzig said.

Herzig explained that users buy a collection of a team’s position players, such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ wide receiver group. That helps compensate for injuries to star players that occur throughout a season. Players buy the packs, receive the NFTs and then use those players in free contests to win cash prizes.

About 2,000 people signed up for TOC’s inaugural season, however OTM only minted 310 NFTs of the Bucs’ wide receivers. That creates a scarcity that drives the collection’s value, and players are free to buy, sell and trade those collections to fellow league members during the fantasy football season.

OTM invited all of the season’s weekly winners to Miami for a live season finale in January. The event was held at FTX Arena, home of the NBA’s Miami Heat. Sixteen players vied for the grand prize. For those players that may have gotten lucky one week and made it to the finale, the event even featured side games such as the lowball contest, which awarded prize money for the lowest score.

“All those contests were free and allowed you to kind of pick and choose your strategy,” said Herzig. “Overall, it was fantastic, and the community really loved it.”

Future of Web3 Fantasy Sports

Herzig envisions OTM and TOC as the future of Web3 fantasy sports. He said his and Laessig’s model is a proof of concept, and they are now putting their heads together to improve the experience.

He also admitted the onboarding experience into crypto and NFTs is challenging for some, and there are still complications to building on the blockchain for consumers.

“So, we’re trying to make that as easy an experience as possible,” he said. “Just like if you were to sign up for a new Google account.”

OTM attracts over 50,000 active monthly users, said Herzig, and the company plans to offer more games this summer in anticipation of the upcoming football season. There are also plans for fantasy leagues covering the NBA and other sports.

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