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PRESS RELEASE: FSTA Honors the Best in Fantasy Sports

ESPN WINS EIGHT AWARDS, DRAFT TAKES HOME FOUR; FANTASY FOOTBALLERS WIN
“SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR”

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2018
Contact: Aaron Manogue
(608) 310-7547 – media@fsta.org

LOS ANGELES (January 23, 2018) – The Fantasy Sports Trade Association (“FSTA”) handed out its annual industry awards during its Winter Conference Tuesday, and ESPN walked away with eight wins, including Analyst of the Year (Matthew Berry), Host of the Year (Field Yates), Best Video Show (Fantasy Football Now) and Best Content & News App.

Fantasy Game DRAFT won the association’s “Fantasy Business of the Year” award, as well as, “Best Draft Room,” “Best Games App” and “Best Daily Fantasy Game.”

Podcasters The Fantasy Footballers won the FSTA’s inaugural “Small Fantasy Business of the Year,” as well as, “Best Social Media,” one of two awards voted on by fans. Fantasy sports writer Drew Dinkmeyer was honored with FSTA’s “Humanitarian of the Year” for his efforts in raising over $40,000 for a clean water charity.

“This year marked a record number of nominations for our annual awards,” said FSTA President Paul Charchian. “I think this speaks not only to the enthusiasm and optimism within the fantasy sports industry, but also the current breadth and depth of fantasy content creators, businesses, and innovators.”

In total, 13 companies won awards in 23 categories, voted on by fans, the FSTA membership and an awards committee comprised of industry stalwarts, academics and fantasy players.

In June 2017, a study conducted by Ipsos for the FSTA revealed there are an estimated 59.3 million fantasy sports in the United States and Canada and fantasy sports is now a $7.22 billion industry.

The 2017 FSTA Award Winners are:

BEST DATA PROVIDER 
(tie)
Inside Injuries and STATS

BEST VIDEO SHOW 
Fantasy Football Now (ESPN)

BEST NEWS & ANALYSIS SITE: MULTIPLE SPORTS
RotoWire

BEST NEWS & ANALYSIS SITE: SINGLE SPORT 
(tie)
Pro Football Focus and Baseball HQ

BEST RADIO SHOW
The Fantasy Alarm Show on SiriusXM

ANALYST OF THE YEAR
Matthew Berry (ESPN)

BEST PODCAST
Fantasy Focus Football (ESPN)

HOST OF THE YEAR 
Field Yates (ESPN)

BEST SHORT FORM VIDEO 
The Fantasy Show With Matthew Berry (ESPN)

BEST CONTENT & NEWS APP
ESPN

BEST PRINT PUBLICATION
RotoWire

MOST OUTSTANDING SOCIAL MEDIA
The Fantasy Footballers (@TheFFBallers)

BEST FANTASY MERCHANDISE
FantasyJocks

BEST DRAFT ROOM
DRAFT

BEST GAMES APP
DRAFT

BEST DAILY FANTASY SPORTS GAME
DRAFT

BEST GAME, NON-MAJOR SPORT
ESPN Tournament Challenge

BEST FANTASY SPORTS COMMISSIONER
Yahoo Sports

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR 
ESPN/ABC Bachelor Fantasy League

HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR
Drew Dinkmeyer, DailyRoto

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
GM Genius

FANTASY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
DRAFT

SMALL FANTASY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
The Fantasy Footballers

About FSTA
The Fantasy Sports Trade Association represents the fantasy sports industry with over 150 member companies ranging from small startups to large media corporations. As the voice of the industry since 1998, the FSTA has been the leader in providing demographic data, annual conferences and collective action to ensure unfettered growth. For more information, visit www.fsta.org.