Fantasy sports are virtual games which are also known by the name of rotisserie or roto. Within these sports players act as the owners of the teams that they build. They compete against other such payers on the basis of statistical information that is generated from real games these particular virtual sports are inspired from. All fantasy teams have a manager who is in charge of compiling the points as per the roster which has been selected.
The Fantasy Sports Trading Association is in charge of hosting conferences of these sports as well as being responsible for ensuring their continuous growth. This association has got almost 120 members which range 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. But once this dot-com bubble burst, most of these companies went bankrupt. A few of the more established and long standing companies did find a way to survive these turbulent times and remerged, some with new names such as RotoWire.com and some 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 as against watching the NFL on television. 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.
Some of the most popular fantasy sport are fantasy baseball, fantasy basketball and fantasy football. The other games which 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 also among the hardest and time-consuming sports. It follows the Major League Baseball season of 162 games. Fantasy basketball is said to be inspired from fantasy baseball. Ever 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 worldwide competition known as the Premier Fantasy Championships. This competition is considered to be among the largest and most exclusive fantasy sports competitions. NBA has additionally launched a program called Fantasy Hoops that offers fantasy sports players all the information and news which they need on the happenings on 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 in terms of the players involvement for the length of time and the many number of matches which are played. Fantasy football, on the other hand, gives its players and managers a lot more flexibility especially in time as the games take place just once a week when compared with daily in fantasy baseball.
Probably 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..