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Fans take on fantasy football

Matt Steffen

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Fans of the NFL are very diligent in supporting their favorite teams. However, in recent years they seem to be fans of something else. That something is fantasy football. Fantasy football is becoming a big thing these days. The ways in which you can play this game ranges from playing in a free league on Yahoo’s or ESPN’s web site to joining a league with your friends where money is involved and the winner takes the pot.

I have heard that the fee to join some of the fantasy leagues can range from twenty-five dollars to upwards of one hundred dollars. It truly is amazing the amount of money people spend on these fantasy leagues.

There is an element to sports these days that explains why people follow sports rabidly. The element is when economic gains are at stake in sports, a sports fan will follow the respective sport more closely. The best example of economic gains for the sports fan is in horse racing where you can go to a racetrack and bet whatever amount of money you want on a thoroughbred.

Economic gains can be achieved in the new sport of fantasy football, also. The total money pot can be large especially if you have a large group of people participating in the league. Even though this has it supporters and non-supporters no one can argue that fantasy football is very popular around the country these days.

Fantasy football can give meaning to a game in the middle of the season between two teams who are not playing very well. An example would be if the Cleveland Browns were playing the Chicago Bears and both teams had no shot of making the playoffs but you had Cleveland Browns’ running back Rueben Droughns on your fantasy team you would be more inclined to follow this game than the casual NFL fan.

Football is definately the number one popular sport in America these days. Some of the people who participate in Fantasy Football are crazy about the way the play this game. This is a big reason why fantasy football is such a hit with the public because you control what players you play every game. This game makes you feel like you are a part of the game.

If you look at the amount of sports publications that are published once the football season starts dedicated solely for fantasy football purposes it is unbelievable.

Even though some people think this whole fantasy football game is a bad thing it can be a fun and entertaining game if you play the game in moderation. Fantasy football can be a fun game. Although, if a fan dedicated a good part of their daily life to playing this game then it could become a bad thing because of this.

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Fans take on fantasy football