Fandraft Mikogo TweetThe other day, I received a tweet from FanDraft, the provider of a Fantasy Football Drafting software solution, about how Mikogo is making waves in the world of fantasy sports.
In fantasy football, owners (those participating in the fantasy sports game) meet together and use their software to track and present the draft results to the rest of the league.

But what happens when some members of the league cannot meet for the draft?

Similar to companies and business meetings, owners need to get together regularly for a draft. And just like hundreds-of-thousands of businesses around the world, fantasy football owners have discovered that Mikogo is the solution that allows them to save time, money, and hassle, while interactively participating in drafts from any location – even out of town.

With Mikogo, owners can create a desktop sharing session with other members in their league who are out of town, and consequently are able to remotely view the league’s draft results live over the Web. Not only can an owner view another league member’s screen from a distant location, Mikogo includes remote keyboard/mouse control that enables an owner to take remote control of the presenting distant computer. Very helpful for distant owners to interact in the draft and get the job done. So it’s no wonder that Mikogo is fast becoming the number one choice for drafters, such as John:

“We have 1 owner who’s in the military and wasn’t able to physically attend the draft, but he uses Mikogo to connect.”
“Last year we used other netmeeting software but it wasn’t as easy to use. Mikogo was so easy to install, and it only took a few minutes for the rest of the owners to download the Mikogo software and connect to my Mikogo session on my laptop.”

“Here’s a picture of a few laptops that show how we used Mikogo so that everyone could connect to my laptop and view the FanDraft software in action.”

online draft in action

John's draft with both Mikogo and FanDraft

Getting Started with Mikogo for your Drafts

Going to be out of town and looking to get started with Mikogo for your drafts? Here is what we suggest:

  • Appoint one draft owner as the “organizer” of the upcoming draft session. This organizer will need to register for a free Mikogo account. Registration is necessary due to some features being associated with a user account, such as the Mikogo scheduler.
  • The organizer can download and install the organizer software from here. Both Windows and Mac software are available.
  • The organizer starts a session and receives a 9-digit session ID.
  • Other league members who want to join the screen sharing session, can go to https://join.mikogo.com/ and enter the 9-digit session ID upon receiving it from the organizer. This will prompt a very quick download. The joining members can run the downloaded file and will then join the Mikogo screen sharing session.

Here is what it looks like when an owner joins a session from a Windows computer and views the organizer’s screen who is using a Mac:

Mikogo cross-platform screen sharing

Now, all the league members can view the organizer’s screen live over the Web. Anything the organizer sees on their screen, the other league members will also see.

So it seems like everybody is finding great ways to benefit from desktop sharing and remote support software. Thank you to Randy for getting in contact with me about the powerful combination of FanDraft and Mikogo. And thanks to John for sharing his experience of Mikogo along with providing such a great picture!

Any Mikogo users or Fantasy Football owners preparing for the upcoming season? If so, please let us know by leaving a comment below if you are using both software programs together and how you find it.