Councilman Fidler Makes His Film Debut

Here’s a little political trivia for you: did you know Councilman Lew Fidler is a fantasy baseball heavyweight?

In fact, the councilman managed the business of the Rotisserie Baseball League’s Founding Fathers as the “Official Stat Service” during the late 80s and early 90s. For his role, interviews with Fidler will be aired on ESPN as part of a a tongue in cheek history of the original Rotisserie Baseball League.

“I can’t say that I play a starring role, even though I filmed about five hours of interview and historic recreation,” Fidler said in a press release. “Only a bit of it made it in, but at least I made the cut.”

The docu-drama, titled A Silly Little Game, is scheduled to air on ESPN Tuesday evening, April 20, at 8 p.m. The movie premiered last Monday at the home of the Tribeca Film Festival and is part of the ESPN series “30 for 30” in celebration of the 30 years of ESPN sports broadcasting history.

The Rotisserie Baseball League was founded in 1980 by sportswriter Daniel Okrent and his New York City friends. The first fantasy sports game based on real-time stats and conditions, the Rotisserie League blossomed throughout the 80s and 90s spreading across the nation and inspiring fantasy leagues in all other major sports.

The film will air six times in the next two weeks: Tuesday, April 20, at 8 p.m. (ESPN) and 10 p.m. (ESPN 2); Thursday, April 22, at 10 p.m. (ESPN Classic); Friday, April 23, at 2 a.m. (ESPN 2); Tuesday, April 27, at 9 p.m. (ESPN); and Thursday, April 29, at 8:30 p.m. (ESPN 2).

Betcha didn’t know that, did you?