What is Fantasy Football?
Fantasy football is a virtual football game where individuals can select their own virtual football players and play interactively. Players of fantasy football act as ‘virtual managers’ to these made-up football teams, and just as in real life team managers they are able to draft, trade, and prepare the lineup of players. These ‘managers’ are able to pick any professional American football player who is a member of an NFL team.
The beginnings of Fantasy Football can be traced back to 1962, when Wilfred Winkenbach and Scotty Starling created the Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League. Winkenbach was at the time a partner in the Oakland Raiders, and Starling was a reporter. The game continuously grew through the years, and its popularity was cemented when in 1989, more than 100,000 people participated in the Pigskin Playoff.
Today, Fantasy Football is more famous than ever thanks to the Internet, which makes it widely available, easier to play and more interactive than ever before. Today, an estimated 18 million players compete in Fantasy Football leagues in the USA online. Due to its popularity Fantasy Football has attracted many sponsors, and player can not only play for simple bragging rights, but also for major prizes.