Fantasy sports were once just a fun way for diehard fans to express their love of the game. Now they are a multibillion-dollar business driving how pro leagues operate and the way big games are broadcast.
The FSTA-Ipsos study also showed a sharp rise in consumer spending on fantasy sports, as the average per-player spend on fantasy leagues and products was $465 a year, more than quadruple the $95 per player in ’12.
Fantasy Sports Participation Grows Dramatically; Hits New Milestone, Reaching Nearly 57 Million in U.S. and CanadaJune 23, 2015
Fantasy Sports Participation Grows Dramatically; Hits New Milestone, Reaching Nearly 57 Million in U.S. and Canada – Fantasy sports participation in the United States and Canada has reached the 56.8-million mark according to new research conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs for the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA). This mark easily tops the highest number of players recorded in the six years the study has been conducted, decimating the participation numbers from last year.
A large majority of Louisianians (70 percent) support the full legalization of fantasy sports in the state, according to a poll conducted by international research firm Ipsos for the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee has under its consideration a bill that would define fantasy sports contests as activities based on skill rather than pure luck and make them legal in Kansas. The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission now considers fantasy sports leagues illegal if they involve a buy-in fee and award cash … Continue reading Editorial: Grant Fantasy Sports Legal Status
As many as 12 million viewers will tune into the NFL combine at some point to watch draft prospects do nothing more exciting than run sprints and lift weights. Other than coaches, general managers and scouts, who makes time in the middle of the day to devote to projecting a kid’s future? The answer won’t surprise anybody with a fantasy football team. For them, the combine has become must-see TV.
Fantasy sports, is growing rapidly thanks to skyrocketing interest in fantasy sports and the growing number of broadband and mobile connections. Estimated to be a $1.4 billion market, the sector also benefits from growing advertising spending and an overall increase in sports viewership.
Fantasy has changed so much that traditional season-long leagues are no longer the only option. Daily fantasy sports are on a meteoric rise.
The recently held FSTA Summer Conference sponsored by Optimal Payments not only broke attendance records for the event – with over 250 attendees representing 130-plus companies – it also gave the association an opportunity to break some news of its own via the announcement of new participation figures as well as a series of guidelines that are designed to safeguard the integrity of the industry.
Contrary to popular belief, fantasy sports players do have a life that extends beyond the confines of their basements. And, yes, it goes even further than the well-worn path to the kitchen. We do get out occasionally. Sometimes we go all the way across the country … and meet up with other fantasy sports fanatics. … Continue reading A Welcome New Trend: Fantasy-Friendly Stadiums