ABC’s “The Bachelor” has always seemed ripe for the fantasy league treatment — and indeed, legions of unofficial brackets and leagues have been in place for years. But now, ABC has officially gamified the series, launching a “The Bachelor” fantasy league of its own. In a classic example of Mouse House synergy, ABC’s Disney sibling ESPN is powering the contest, which is available on ABC’s web site and within the ESPN Fantasy app.
Players will be able to sign up for free and form leagues with friends, colleagues, or random people they find through the “#BachelorNation” hashtag on Twitter. The big game is predicting the top four women who make it to the hometown dates portion of the season, but there are weekly contests that ask players to predict whether certain events will occur within that week’s episode. Players will earn points for correct predictions. Aside from the usual goal of being more right than everyone else in your group, each point is an entry into the grand-prize drawing for a chance to win a trip for two to Los Angeles — hotel and airfare included — two tickets to Disneyland, and two tickets to “The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose” after-show for the season filming in the summer of 2017.
The network is referring to the league as “The Bachelor Fantasy League sweepstakes,” indicating that this endeavor does not constitute gambling.
The next season of “The Bachelor,” starring two-time “The Bachelorette” runner-up Nick Viall, begins Jan. 2 on ABC.