Fantasy sports are virtual games which are also known by the name of rotisserie or roto. In these sports players act as the owners of the teams that they build. They compete against other such payers on the basis of statistical information that is generated from real games that these virtual sports are inspired from. All fantasy teams have a manager who is responsible for compiling the points in accordance with the roster that has been selected.
The Fantasy Sports Trading Association is responsible for hosting conferences for these sports and is also responsible for ensuring their continuous growth. This association has got almost 120 members ranging from the newer and smaller start-ups to the more established larger media corporations. The estimated age of fantasy sports players was twelve and above and extended to 29.9 million people in the year 2007.
Fantasy sports experienced a boom during the dot-com era with a number of companies investing in this domain. However when this dot-com bubble burst, most of these companies went bankrupt. Some of the more established and long standing companies did manage to survive these turbulent times and remerged, some with new names such as RotoWire.com and some with new marketing strategies and business models such as Yahoo. Through the years, in spite of the unstable economy, it was noted that the average American fantasy players spent almost 8.4 hours of surveying the NFL per week as against watching the NFL on TV. NFL was able to recognize the opportunity that lay in fantasy sports and began to run ads for fantasy football featuring existing players. They were probably the first to identify that it was ‘fantasy play that drives T.V. viewing’.
Some of the most popular fantasy sport are fantasy baseball, fantasy basketball and fantasy football. The other games that have gained prominence over time are fantasy golf, fantasy cricket, fantasy auto racing, fantasy hockey and wrestling.
Fantasy baseball is considered as one of the oldest fantasy sports and is one of the hardest and time consuming sports. It follows the Major League Baseball season of 162 games. Fantasy basketball is said to be inspired from fantasy baseball. Since the 1990’s fantasy basketball has been increasing in its popularity especially with the internet exposure that it has got. NBA has taken advantage of its immense popularity by launching a global competition called the Premier Fantasy Championships. This competition is considered to be one of the largest and most exclusive fantasy sports competitions. NBA has also launched a program called Fantasy Hoops that gives fantasy sports players all the news and information that they need from the happenings on the world of fantasy basketball.
Fantasy football on the other hand has become increasingly popular and has taken over the mantle of popularity from fantasy baseball. This is mostly attributed to the complexities involved in fantasy baseball in terms of the players’ involvement for the number of days and the far too many number of matches that are played. Fantasy football, on the other hand, gives its players and managers a lot more flexibility especially in time as the games take place only once a week as compared to daily in fantasy baseball.
Some of the most popular fantasy sports players and games news providers are Yahoo.com and ESPN Fantasy Sports. They gather all the news, reviews, statistics and players performance and bring it on the table for fantasy sports enthusiasts..