Fantasy sports are virtual games that are also 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 a manager who is in charge of compiling the points as per the roster which 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 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. But once this dot-com bubble burst, many of these companies went bankrupt. Some 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. 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 television. NFL was able to recognize the opportunity that lay in fantasy sports and began to run ads for fantasy football featuring existing players. These people were possibly the first to identify 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 which have gained prominence over 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 is said to be inspired from fantasy baseball. Since the 1990s fantasy basketball continues to be increasing in its popularity especially with online exposure which it seems to have. NBA has gotten benefit of its immense popularity by launching a global competition known as the Premier Fantasy Championships. This competition is considered to be one of 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 number of days as well as the far too many number of matches that are played. Fantasy football, on the other hand, gives its players and managers considerably more flexibility especially in time as the games take place only once every 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..