Modern fantasy football can be traced back to the late Wilfred "Bill" Winkenbach, an Oakland area businessman and a limited partner in the Oakland Raiders. In a New York hotel room during a 1962 Raiders eastern cross-country trip, Winkenbach, along with Raiders Public Relations man Bill Tunnel and Tribune reporter Scotty Starling, developed a system of organization and a rulebook, which would eventually be the basis of modern fantasy football.
Rotisserie League Baseball is a game in which participants compete by running imaginary baseball teams whose results are based on the actual performances of major-league players.
Sports Journalists have lured people to Fantasty sports with countless articles and TV shows dedicated to making fantasy sports more enjoyable and easier to understand .
In 1997, CBS launched the beta version of the first publicly available free fantasy football website.The game immediately became widely popular. Within three years, all major sports media websites launched competing fantasy football hosting websites. The NFL released their own official game in 2010, NFL.com Fantasy Football, further driving industry growth. Fantasy football is now the single most important marketing tool for the NFL. Today, it is estimated over 19 million people compete in public and private leagues online nationally.
Fantasy sports is a $70 billion dollar business, however some groups want to ban fantasy sport sites because they deem it as gambling.
The internet has expanded the popularity Fantasy sports by numerous websites dedicated to different fantasy sports
The Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) is a Chicago, Illinois-based trade group representing the fantasy sports industry, listing over 200 member companies on its web site as of June 2015.Members range from small startups to large media corporations. FSTA was founded in 1998 and provides demographic data, annual conferences and collective action including lobbying to support the growth of fantasy sports leagues. But the event that fantasy sports are not deemed to be a form of sports wagering, then states may have a role in determining their legality. Under most state laws, lotteries are illegal only if they involve three elements: an entry fee, a prize and chance. Whether fantasy sports are a lottery varies from state to state and hinges on the definition of "chance" that the state interprets. For some states, if skill dominates the outcome of the event, then the contest is legal, and passes what's called the "dominant factor test". Other states with a stricter definition of chance, called "any chance test", have made fantasy football illegal. There have been other legal cases involving fantasy sports and the use of professional athletes' statistics for purposes of scoring.
People are enthusiastic about Fantasy sports because it is seen as a legal form of betting in the player's eyes. The ethical dilemma of the sites are that Fantasy sports fans are considered an ideal demographic for advertisers and by extension the sports leagues. Fans are younger and more affluent than non-participants, they watch the sports live, meaning they don't skip through commercials, and they will watch a game even if it's no longer competitive, as long as a member of their team can still score them points. And while a traditional sports fan might only follow and watch one team, fantasy sports fans watch more games, since their players can be on different teams. The media has been impacted by Fantasy sports by more of a demand for more and more Fantasy related shows on TV, even a news like show with nothing but Fantasy news.
Fantasy sports have made players more easily recognized and brought fans to teams that otherwise wouldn't watch the games.
I think that Fantasy sports will continue to expand but only if its not eventually deemed illegal