Fantasy sports are virtual games that are sometimes known by the name of rotisserie or roto. Within these sports players behave as owners of the teams that they build. They compete against other such payers based on statistical information that is generated from real games that these virtual sports are inspired from. All fantasy teams have a manager that is in charge of compiling the points as per the roster that has been selected.
The Fantasy Sports Trading Association is responsible for hosting conferences for these sports as well as being in charge of 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 number of companies investing in this domain. But once 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 like Yahoo. Over time, in spite of the unstable economy, it was noted that the average American fantasy players spent almost 8.4 hours of surveying the NFL each week compared to watching the NFL on TV. NFL was able to recognize an opportunity that lay in fantasy sports and started to run ads for fantasy football featuring existing players. They were probably the first to recognize that it was fantasy play that drives T.V. viewing.
Probably 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 is said to generally be inspired from fantasy baseball. Since the 1990s fantasy basketball has been increasing in its popularity particularly with the internet exposure which 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 among 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 from the happenings on the world of fantasy basketball.
Fantasy football on the other hand has grown to be increasingly popular and has taken over the mantle of popularity from fantasy baseball. This is mostly associated with the complexities associated with fantasy baseball in terms of the players involvement for the length of time and the far too many number of matches which are played. Fantasy football, however, gives its players and managers a lot more flexibility particularly in time since the games take place just once every 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 of the news, reviews, statistics and players performance and provide it on the table for fantasy sports enthusiasts..