Fantasy sports are virtual games that are sometimes known by the name of rotisserie or roto. In these sports players behave as the owners of the teams which they build. They compete against other such payers based on statistical information which is generated from real games that these virtual sports are inspired from. All fantasy teams have got a manager that is in charge of compiling the points as per the roster that has been selected.
The Fantasy Sports Trading Association is in charge of hosting conferences of these sports as well as being responsible for ensuring their continuous growth. This association includes almost 120 members which range 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 in the dot-com era with a variety of companies committing to this domain. However when this dot-com bubble burst, many of these companies went bankrupt. A few of the more established and long standing companies did find a way to survive these turbulent times and remerged, some with new names such as RotoWire.com and a few with new marketing strategies and business models like sportfanatick.com Yahoo. Over time, notwithstanding the unstable economy, it was noted that the average American fantasy players spent almost 8.4 hours of surveying the NFL each week as against watching the NFL on TV. NFL was able to recognize the opportunity that lay in fantasy sports and started to run ads for fantasy football featuring existing players. These people were probably the first to recognize 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 with time are fantasy golf, fantasy cricket, fantasy auto racing, fantasy hockey and wrestling.
Fantasy baseball is regarded as among 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 has been said to generally be inspired from fantasy baseball. Since the 1990s fantasy basketball continues to be increasing in its popularity especially with online exposure that it has got. NBA has gotten advantage of its immense popularity by launching a global competition known as the Premier Fantasy Championships. This competition is regarded as being one of the largest and most exclusive fantasy sports competitions. NBA has also launched a program called Fantasy Hoops that offers fantasy sports players all the news and information that they need on the happenings within the world of fantasy basketball.
Fantasy football on the other hand has grown to be increasingly popular and has now taken over the mantle of popularity from fantasy baseball. This is mostly attributed to the complexities associated with fantasy baseball with regards to the players involvement for the number of days and the many number of matches that are played. Fantasy football, however, 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.
Probably 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.