When it comes to sports and what qualifies as one, there seems to be a difference of opinion. A majority of people feel that the only thing that can actually be considered a sport is something that means you are out being very active. They think of football players, basketball players, golfers, and other types of activities. However, in our technology based world, there are some sports that are not as active as most people think. Simply consider for a moment, the fantasy sports world. It has already been proven that most fans consider fantasy sports a real sport, even though it involves only the mind.
The idea of fantasy sports is to let average people take their most favorite teams and players and build a team that poses a challenge to another person’s imaginary team. For some, this may sound like a waste of time, but it is an idea that brings in multiple billions of dollars per year. The players who enjoy it, are playing sports in their mind. If not by being active, then by at least being smarter than their opponent.
It takes skill and patience to develop a team in the fantasy world. When you are online, you may be competing with others all across the world. You win or lose the game, and you get paid for knowing more than your opponent. Building a team that can handle anyone who comes your way in the game, means you have to be able to choose the right team members. If you fail to do this, you will lose the game and some of your respect.
It works the same way as active sports. If a player is part of winning team, they get respect from fans and a larger payday than they would have if they were to have lost the game. In active sports, if the right team isn’t put together, the chance of the team losing increases drastically. If all things do not come together in the right way, it could cost each player on the team.
With fantasy sports, your team does not lose, it all comes back to you. Therefore, it is not hard to see why skill is required and anyone who plays well considers it a sport, even if it is a sport that is pure fantasy.