Fantasy Football is a player. It has a LOT of players.
The Hollywood Reporter recently released a great article, “What Fantasy Football Means To Hollywood.”
Do not let the publication or the title fool you. While you will learn how a couple celebs feel about Fantasy, a big part of this piece is devoted to the roots of the “sport.” Its modest origins pale in comparison to what is now estimated to be a $600 mil to $1 bil biz depending on whether or not you consider access to the NFL Red Zone coverage part of the math (where the premise is to see every score as it happens, thereby enhancing the Fantasy experience).
I’ve been involved in FF every year since 1998. I serve as a Commissioner. I am “in” the Red Zone every Sunday, watching score after score in the hopes my team is coming up huge. I’ve always felt it enhances my interest in the NFL by keeping an eye on all teams, not just the home one.
The article covers the “halo effect” Fantasy Football has had over the entire pro football industry and how its popularity has added eyeballs to the sport and decimal places to the rights paid to televise it.
Fantasy Football already has an entire television show based on it, “The League.” Its genesis is discussed in the article. FF may have even more “prime-time coverage” if new “Two And A Half Men” star Ashton Kutcher has his way.
In a complementary column, THR also interviewed Antonio Gates with “11 Questions.” Needless to say, Gates said he’d take his own QB Philip Rivers with an imaginary first draft pick.
I’m still kicking around who to draft first. And based on the numbers…so are a lot of other football fans.