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The Growing Phenomenon of Fantasy Sports


Thank you everyone for the discussion on Fantasy Sports. Anyone looking for  more information on fantasy sports, we recommend viewing the videos  posted below. The link to the “Fantasy Files” videos is there as well, if you were interested in checking them out.

– Chris Bilensky & Dylan Wright

 ESPN 30 for 30 – Silly Little Game:

This is a documentary done by ESPN that follows Ben Oekren and his group of friends that started the first baseball rotisserie league. Its is a very good documentary that shows the transformation of fantasy sports and how it can grow from a silly little game into an obsession.

Fantasy Sports Trade Association:

The Fantasy Sports Trade Association follows all things fantasy sports. On their website you can view demographic information, conference information, advertising opportunities and news.

The League:

For anyone who is looking for a hilarious television show to watch while learning a little bit about how a fantasy football league works, this is the show for you. The League follows six fantasy football players that go to extreme lengths to win their fantasy league. If you need a break from studying during exam season, I would highly recommend this show. It can be found on Netflix and the link to the first episode is posted above for Youtube.

Jobs in Fantasy Sports:

Here is a link to view current employment opportunities in the fantasy sports industry. Although they are not local, primarily all organizations are looking for applicants with Sports Managment backgrounds.

NFL Fantasy Files:

In 2009, Reebok and the NFL partnered up to promote their fantasy football platform with their “Pick Me” campaign. It was a huge success and since those ads were aired, the amount of fantasy sports players in North America has doubled.

2 thoughts on “The Growing Phenomenon of Fantasy Sports

  1. I thought the presentation on fantasy sport was extremely informational and interesting. I personally enjoy fantasy sports as it helps me become more invested into every game. For example it is easy to watch or be interested in the Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees game. On the flip side a Houston Astros vs. a Miami Marlins game may not be as appealing. Typically if I was not involved in a fantasy pool I would skip by that game without giving it a second look. However when involved in a fantasy pool if I have Gioncarlo Stanton in my pool, or my opponent does it forces me to be interested in games I otherwise would not have interest in.

    I feel one aspect of fantasy sports that can be used positively for any team, organization and company is boosting morale. I know personally when fantasy sports have been brought into a team setting it instantly changes the talk around the dressing room. You all have a similar interest and can talk about games from last night, tonight, possible trades, waiver pick ups or anything you can imagine. I feel whether it is in a sports setting or a business setting even where sports is not a priority it can boost employee morale and create conversation amongst employees that otherwise would have no reason to speak to the other person. There is so much information online for fantasy sports anyone could use that avenue to put together a competitive roster to compete. If I was a manager of a business or a company I would not make it mandatory but I would encourage fantasy sports amongst employees with the hope that increased participation with co workers would help increase production in the overall business setting.

    Cam Braes (3463711)


  2. Great presentation! I just found it to be so different from a lot of the other presentations and it was a new topic that most of the class didn’t seem to know much about. If you had asked me a year ago to play in a fantasy sports league I would have just laughed but this year I’ve realized its such a social thing and I think its great! I’ve never spent a lot of time following sports on tv because it just couldn’t keep my attention for that long but it was always such an easy conversation topic and there were times that I felt that being in RSS it should be something I paid at least a little bit of attention to.
    This past year I started playing in my friends fantasy football league and every Sunday we would all sit down and watch the game together. It became just a part of the week that you expected. As much as leisure is part of the RSS program I find that a lot of the time it is talked about within the context of playing sports or participating in recreation. I feel like there are far worse things you could be doing then spending leisure time sitting around with friends and talking while watching a game. It is just a great atmosphere and adds a bit of challenge to just sitting there and watching it. Like Cam said, it is a great conversation bit for at work or with friends and just finds a way to connect people.


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