Fantasy Football Helps Crown The NFL King

Welcome to the American sports world, where the NFL is king.

Each Sunday, the eyes of the sports fan turn to FOX, CBS and NBC to watch the nation’s sport. Tom, Dick and Harry are strapped to the couch for the pregame shows. Then, they switch to the game where their favorite team wins a nail-biter against a division foe. Next, onto the best match-up of the week on another channel. Finally, the Sunday night game that they have high interest in due to coaches, superstars and big plays.

They even tune in on Monday to watch again. Before they know it, Thursday rolls around and they are back on the couch for the week’s appetizer game.

It’s like clockwork.

There is the Sunday Ticket package for more games. The Red Zone Channel gives you all the scores inside the 20-yard line. Online, there are stat trackers and tweets of each game. It’s overload and as Tony Montana’s wife said, “Nothing exceeds like excess.”

How did the NFL get so big? What is it about the league that holds the court of the Johnny Sportsfan?

Fifteen years ago, a beta version of a game was opened up on CBS. It was the first time it was open and accessible to everyone with the convenience of walking to the computer. Fantasy football.

While it’s called fantasy, it has become reality. What drives the game is the same thing that created the monster of March Madness and the Super Bowl. Gambling.

Today, every sport has the option for fantasy leagues. However, the model of the NFL is much more conducive to the games.

Baseball is built with a long schedule. There are frequent injuries and games spread across the week ahead. It’s a lot to keep up with for today’s society that gravitates towards instant gratification.

The NBA is built on a group of superstars and high-powered markets. It too is a lot to keep up with over a season; 82 games can be cumbersome for the average Joe.

Hockey (when it exists) has a much smaller following than the other major sports. Also with 82 games, and with injury concerns abound, it’s not ideal.

5 Replies to “Fantasy Football Helps Crown The NFL King”

  1. Well said.
    Fantasy football has helped make every game meaningful to the average fan. Pittsburgh fans really shouldn’t care that much about a Tampa Bay – Carolina reg season game. But if you or your opponent has Cam on his fantasy team, suddenly it’s must see TV.

    You’re right about fantasy baseball. That was like adding a part time job. Checking lineups and pitching rotations on a daily basis was a bit much.

  2. Not gonna lie, I love fantasy baseball, basketball & hockey, not quite as much as fantasy football but close. That could be because I have problems. In fact I know it is.

    But yeah, you’re right. No doubt fantasy football has helped propel the NFL even further ahead of its peers. It’s relatively simple, only once a week and really gets fans involved beyond their team allegiances. The NFL was already king before fantasy football took hold, but with it, the NFL has become the gargantuan sport in America.

  3. Well said, indeed. The only thing I might say differently is that Fantasy Baseball is actually a bit more geared toward instant gratification because the games are everyday. You can have a low level pitcher throw on Wednesday and drop him after the game to get another start in for the week, for example.

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