Whether you actually play the game or not. Chances are good that you have heard of fantasy sports. Have you ever wondered how fantasy sports became what it is today? If so, now is the time to find out and perhaps finally decide whether you want to become an active player or not.
People have always been interested in trying to make money through gambling or thinking that they are better at predictions than others. The knowledge, and the simple fact that people loved sports and predicting which teams would score the best, combined after World War II. It was a new age of using player stats to predict how well a game would go. We now call it fantasy sports and it is one very large multi-billion dollar industries. It uses the internet to allow players to pick and build their very own team based on current, real life, athlete stats.
The first real fantasy baseball game took place in Boston in the year 1960. It was enjoyable, but really did not take the world by storm until 1980. Everyone was talking about Rotisserie league sports, especially those who enjoy baseball and the people who wrote articles about them. There was even a book released about it in 1989.
About a year before the books release, the football teams decided that they would like to jump in on the action. They released player stats and people could build their own team using them. Within 10 years, it was gaining at least a couple million dollars in revenue per year.
By 1994, there were over a million people playing fantasy sports of one kind or another and by 1999, there was an astounding 29.6 million people playing the game. There were even free places that people could explore the possibilities and try to win at a game of fantasy.
For anyone interested in fantasy sports, technology has made it even more easy. It is no longer something that people must play weekly. There are daily games that can be played at all times. There are numerous apps available for the true fans who enjoy constantly trying to build up a better team and take home the win.
Fantasy football is not a new idea, but it is one that steadily brings in more fans. In fact, nowadays, we probably all know someone who loves it and most of us have tried it.