It’s hard to find a sporting fan that hasn’t tried a fantasy league in one way or another over the past decade or so. They have become increasingly popular with many of the biggest sites pulling in millions of users, particularly throughout different states as daily fantasy sports in Florida are amongst the biggest, for example. But what is it about fantasy sporting that has attracted so many players, and why does it look to continue growing even faster now amidst other online options?
One of the many reasons is the no-obligation free play and all of the options that have come with fantasy leagues – whether this be a friendly league amongst a few friends, or nationwide competitions that bring thousands of players together. There are a lot of options for playing and it can lead to big winnings for those predicting correctly. In many instances, before the legalization of sports betting across many states (and other factors, too), it became a de facto way to bet on different sporting events without actually betting on them, as some of the fantasy leagues can offer huge prize funds to those winning daily, weekly, or by the season.
Similarly, success has been found as fantasy leagues have extended across many different sports, too. Where it may have only initially been something aimed at football, fantasy options can now be found across nearly any sporting event with enough players to allow for the fantasy structure. This means that fans from all over can take part in the fantasy options in the same ways, and brings audiences from different sporting audiences to investigate these variety of online options.
Fantasy sports add something extra to root for during the course of a season as players hope, not only for their favorite team or player to win, but also for their fantasy team results to come through strong too. it adds another layer, and there are now calls to see fantasy sporting grow even further with hopes for fantasy leagues to be televised or to have more presence in broadcasts for actual games as they have already done in some regards. And as fantasy leagues expand to even newer options in markets such as eSports, there’s plenty of room left to grow. It’s something considered still relatively new, so any progress made will come quickly and come with purpose too.
With sports betting becoming legalized across many different states in the U.S., it is opening a whole host of new opportunities for those looking to wager on different sporting interests. The only question next is where do fantasy sports go from their current position.