Fantasy sports are virtual games which are sometimes known by the name of rotisserie or roto. In these sports players behave as 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 that these 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 responsible for hosting conferences of these sports and is also responsible for 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 the year 2007.
Fantasy sports experienced a boom during the dot-com era with a number of companies committing to this domain. But once this dot-com bubble burst, most of these companies went bankrupt. A few 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 a few with new marketing strategies and business models like Yahoo. Over time, in spite of 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 television. NFL was able to recognize an opportunity that lay in fantasy sports and started to run ads for fantasy football featuring existing players. These people were possibly the first to recognize that it was fantasy play that drives T.V. viewing.
Some of the most popular fantasy sport are fantasy baseball, fantasy basketball and fantasy football. The other games that have gained prominence with 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 has been said to generally be inspired from fantasy baseball. Since the 1990s fantasy basketball continues to be increasing in its popularity particularly with online exposure which it has got. NBA has taken benefit of its immense popularity by launching a global competition called the Premier Fantasy Championships. This competition is considered to be among the largest and most exclusive fantasy sports competitions. NBA has also launched a program called Fantasy Hoops that offers fantasy sports players all of the information and news which they need on the happenings within the world of fantasy basketball.
Fantasy football on the other hand has become increasingly popular and has now taken over the mantle of popularity from fantasy baseball. This is mostly attributed to the complexities involved in fantasy baseball with regards to the players involvement for the number of days as well as the many number of matches that are played. Fantasy football, on the other hand, gives its players and managers considerably 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..