Fantasy sports are virtual games which are also known by the name of rotisserie or roto. Within these sports players act 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 who is responsible for compiling the points in accordance with the roster which 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 bet-to-win association has got 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. However when this dot-com bubble burst, most 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 some with new marketing strategies and business models like Yahoo. Through the years, notwithstanding the unstable economy, it had been noted that the average American fantasy players spent almost 8.4 hours of surveying the NFL per week compared to 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 possibly 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 among 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 1990s fantasy basketball continues to be increasing in its popularity particularly with online exposure that it has got. NBA has gotten advantage of its immense popularity by launching a worldwide competition known as 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 gives fantasy sports players all of the news and information that they need from 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 involved in fantasy baseball in terms of the players involvement for the length of time and the many number of matches that are played. Fantasy football, however, gives its players and managers considerably more flexibility especially in time as the games take place only once every 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 bring it on the table for fantasy sports enthusiasts..