Wilfred "Bill" Winkenbach devised fantasy golf in the latter part of the 1950s, in which each player selected a team of professional golfers and the person with the lowest combined total of stokes at the end of the tournament would win. Golf is a simple fantasy game to administer and keep tabs on, since participants are concerned only with the scores of their team members without anything else to complicate it.
Rotisserie league baseball, nicknamed roto, proved to be popular, even in the 1980s when full statistics and accurate reporting were often hard to come by. The traditional statistics used in early Rotisserie leagues were often chosen because they were easy to compile from newspaper box scores and then from weekly information published in USA Today. Okrent, based on discussions with colleagues at USA Today, credits Rotisserie league baseball with much of the early success of USA Today, since the paper provided much more detailed box scores than most competitors and eventually even created a special paper, Baseball Weekly, which almost exclusively contained statistics and box scores. Local papers soon caught up with USA Today's expanded coverage.
People in fantasy leagues use the expert analysis to make their draft picks and set their teams.
It emerged in August 1963.
Fantasy sports are worth almost two billion dollars.
Where did the DFS hate come from, and how did the vitriol directed at the industry become so extreme? The three most common answers, in order: (1) the advertising, (2) the industry's "not gambling" stance and (3) the media coverage.
Some groups want to ban it because it is gambling.
The internet has made it easier to access 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.
It is considered gambling in some states.
People play fantasy sports because of their love of sports and the prices they can win.
People have to watch the whole game and not skip past the commercials.
Stations has made more shows to help people with their fantasy teams.
The teams are sponsored by fantasy sports sites.
I see it increasing with more people beginning to play it.
The target market is sports fans and people between 15 and 60's and that's who plays it.