Interesting Facts about Fantasy Sports

Over three decades in a small Manhattan restaurant, a group of middle aged friends who loved board games, athlete statistics and baseball came up with a simple idea that has turned to a cultural phenomenon: fantasy sports. Some people who once saw fantasy sports as a hobby can earn a living covering it as analysts and even the media conglomerates invest big money into fantasy-sports associated businesses. Nowadays it’s a multi-billion dollar online industry with daily fantasy sports sites. Here are some interesting facts about fantasy sports!

The cliche of a nerdy man sneaking off to a conference room to do a fantasy football draft is what most people think of, while in reality this is changing fast. In fact, women are a fast growing demographic in the fantasy sports; at the moment more than 25% of players are women. Even though female players are just as competitive as males, they enjoy playing fantasy sports because it means staying in touch with friends, hanging with the guys and taking part in the draft day experience.

Most fantasy players plan to play fantasy sport(s) until they die. Some leagues stay “intact” for many years and people simply don’t want to give up.

The fastest expanding demographic of fantasy sports is a lot younger than you imagine – under 18. Actually, 13% of all adults age 18+ played at least one fantasy sport in the last year, while 20% of all teens (12-17) did the same. It seems like fantasy sports industry is rather healthy for the long run.

Don’t let yourself be fooled by the word “fantasy”; behind this industry there’s really money! As mentioned above, roughly 10% of the adult U.S. population has been involved in fantasy sports, which pushes sales to record highs.

A typical fantasy sports league spans the entire season of sport. To respond to the demands of the average person who has to juggle private and work tasks, the fantasy industry has created daily games and leagues for fantasy players who would like a quicker way to play.