Fantasy sports are virtual games that are also known by the name of rotisserie or roto. In 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 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 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 association has got almost 120 members ranging 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 2007.
Fantasy sports experienced a boom in the dot-com era with a number of companies investing in this domain. However when this dot-com bubble burst, most 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 like RotoWire.com and some with new marketing strategies and business models like Yahoo. Over time, notwithstanding 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 TV. NFL was able to recognize the opportunity that lay in fantasy sports and started 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 among the hardest and time-consuming sports. It follows the Major League Baseball season of 162 games. Fantasy basketball has been said to generally be inspired from fantasy baseball. Ever since the 1990s fantasy basketball has been increasing in its popularity especially with online exposure which it has got. NBA has gotten benefit of its immense popularity by launching a global competition called 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 the information and news that they need from the happenings on the world of fantasy basketball.
Fantasy football on the other hand has become increasingly popular and has 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 as well as the far too many number of matches which are played. Fantasy football, on the other hand, gives its players and managers a lot more flexibility particularly in time since the games take place just once a 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 provide it on the table for fantasy sports enthusiasts..