Fantasy sports are virtual games that are also known by the name of rotisserie or roto. Within these sports players behave as 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 who is in charge of compiling the points in accordance with the roster which has been selected.
The Fantasy Sports Trading Association is responsible for 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 investing in this domain. But once this dot-com bubble burst, many 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 like RotoWire.com and a few 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 television. 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 possibly 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 which have gained prominence with 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 has been said to generally be inspired from fantasy baseball. Ever since the 1990s fantasy basketball continues to be increasing in its popularity especially with the internet exposure that it seems to have. NBA has gotten benefit of its immense popularity by launching a worldwide competition called the Premier Fantasy Championships. This competition is regarded as being among the largest and most exclusive fantasy sports competitions. NBA has additionally launched a program called Fantasy Hoops that offers fantasy sports players all of 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 more popular then ever and has taken over the mantle of popularity from fantasy baseball. This is mostly associated with the complexities associated with fantasy baseball with regards to the players involvement for the length of time as well as the 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 just once a week when compared with 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 provide it on the table for fantasy sports enthusiasts..