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 on the basis of statistical information that is generated from real games these particular virtual sports are inspired from. All fantasy teams have a manager that is responsible for compiling the points in accordance with the roster that has been selected.
The Fantasy Sports Trading Association is in charge of hosting conferences for 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 during 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. 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 such as 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 each week compared to watching the NFL on television. NFL was able to recognize an opportunity that lay in fantasy sports and began 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.
Probably the most popular fantasy sport are fantasy baseball, fantasy basketball and fantasy football. The other games that 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. Ever since the 1990s fantasy basketball continues to be increasing in its popularity especially with the internet exposure that it has got. NBA has taken advantage of its immense popularity by launching a worldwide competition called the Premier Fantasy Championships. This competition is considered to be one of 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 information and news which 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 associated with the complexities involved in fantasy baseball with regards to 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 considerably more flexibility particularly in time as the games take place only once a 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..