- Sacks productivity for $20 billion per year.
- Lots productivity: 1) For every hour spent managing fantasy football at work costs the company on average $5/hour; 2) 17 weeks of the NFL season with 27 million fantasy players; 3) Total productivity lost: $1.2 billion/week;
- Every year, an estimated $500 million is put on the line for fantasy prizes.
- Playing statistics: 1) According to a recent Harris Interactive Poll: The average player spends $110 a year on the hobby. Which means: Fantasy football adds $2.97 billion to the economy every year; 2) Fantasy football owners:
Average time spent managing roster - 9 hours/week; Male owners - 96%; Female owners - 4%; 3) In the US & Canada 27 million people play fantasy football; 4) Average playing audience: White - 93%; Latino - 2.3%; Black - 1.6%;
Asian - 1.1%;
5) Most popular fantasy football online league websites: Yahoo Sports - 22% (market share), 24.77 (millions); ESPN - 19% (market share), 20.98 (millions); FOX Sports 11% (market share), 12.57 (millions); CBS Sports 6% (market
share), 6.64 (millions); NFL 5% (market share), 6.03 (millions); 6) Most intense fantasy football participation by state: #1 North Dakota; #2 Delaware; #3 Indiana.
- 1962. The originator of fantasy football was Wilfred "Bill" Winkenbach. He created the inaugural eight-team league called the GOPPPL (Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Procrastinators League). The purpose of the league was
"to bring together some of Oakland's finest Saturday morning gridiron forecasters to pit their respective brains (and cash) against each other" in the hope it would lead to "closer coverage of daily happenings in professional football".
- 1989. Create the first public fantasy football games named "Pigskin Playoff". Robert Barbiere & Brad Wendkos of Phoneworks teamed with West coast ad agency Wakeman & DeForest.
- 2002. The World Championship of fantasy Football is created. Up to 1.200 fantasy football owners will participate across 100 sanctioned leagues.
- Fun facts: 1) Top 10 most popular fantasy football team names for 2010: #1 Mean machine; #2 Bulldogs; #3 Cowboys; #4 Da' Bears; #5 Steel Curtain; #6 Warriors; #7 G-Men; #8 Raiders; #9 :); 2) The first ever fantasy football draft
was held in 1963 and the first overall no.1 pick - George Blanda; 3) Best single game performance ever: Clinton Portis (fantasy points - 53.60, 22 carriers 218 yds and 5TDs, 2 rec's for 36 yds, Kansas City Chiefs 27 @ Denver Broncos
45, De 7, 2003); 4) Best all-time single-season fantasy performance: #1 QB Tom Brady, Patriots (4.806 passing yards, 50 TDs, 8 INT, 2007); #2 QB Dan marino, Dolphins (5.084 passing yards, 48 TDs, 17 INT, 1984); #3 RB
LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers (2.323 total yards, 31 TDs, 2006); #4 QB Peyton Manning, Colts (4.557 passing yards, 49 TDs, 10 INTs, 2004); #5 WR Randy Moss, Patriots (98 catches, 1.493 receiving yards, 23 TDs, 2007); 5)
Tom Brady followed up his record breaking single-season fantasy football performance by suffering a season ending injury in the first game of the 2008 season costing an estimated $150 million shift in potential winnings for
fantasy owners that drafted him with high expectations.
INSIDE VIEW | SOURCES: BNET; CBS SPORTS; CNBC; SPORTS ILLUSTRATED; ESPN; FANTASY FOOTBALL CHALLENGE; FOOTBALLDIEHARDS.COM; THE GRAND VIEWS, MORE NEWS NOW; WORLD
CHAMPIONSHIP OF FANTASY FOOTBALL.