Fantasy sport is a fairly recent development in the world of virtual games where the people participating in that particular game act as the owners of the game and build teams that compete against one another on the basis of statistical data that is generated by these individuals or teams. Fantasy sports have now become so popular that these virtual games have become more lifelike and are being modeled on actual games that are played in professional sports. This industry is represented by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. This association has a base covering large media corporations to its smaller and more recent counterparts and is primarily responsible for ensuring this segments growth and expansion.
Some of the popular fantasy games are fantasy football, fantasy basketball, and fantasy baseball and fantasy cricket. Some of the other fantasy sports are fantasy ice hockey, wrestling and golf. Fantasy football has two main types of challenges. In the head to head challenge there are weekly games that are played between the opponents while in the ‘total points’ challenge, it is the total points accrued through the entire season that determines the winner.
Fantasy baseball is perhaps the oldest of all the fantasy sports and is also considered to be one of the most difficult games. It is also far more time consuming than its other counterparts owing to the 162 games played each season and also due to the inconsistency of the players. In this game too, players manage their imaginary teams competing against each other using the real life statistics, score points and performances of the baseball players. The popularity of fantasy baseball was taken over by fantasy football as the latter is played primarily once a week against baseball that is played on a daily basis. This gives the team owners a lot more flexibility and time.
Fantasy baseball was the source of inspiration behind fantasy basketball. It was in the 1990’s that fantasy basketball was given internet exposure owing to its immense popularity. The players participating in this game compute the basketball statistics of the actual NBA players. This game became so popular that NBA has launched a global competition called the Premier Fantasy Championships through the NBA.com fantasy. Considered to be one of the ‘world’s most exclusive fantasy competition’, this championship mirrors the real NBA games from 30 selected participants selected from the 9000 applications that come from across the world. The NBA has also launched a very popular show called the NBA Fantasy Hoops which gives information and news from the world of fantasy basketball.
Yahoo! Sports offers comprehensive and detailed news and information regarding fantasy sports, scores, statistics and standing. Yahoo! Fantasy Sports was created in 1997 after the acquisition of Sportasy.com by Yahoo. They have a substantial part or the fantasy sport base with fantasy baseball being its most popular game.
ESPN Fantasy sports also provide news and reviews form the world of fantasy sports. The ESPN fantasy sports newsletter covers all that is going on in this world and brings it to their viewers.