Fantasy Football Fun Facts
09 Aug, 2015
Though “Rotisseries” baseball is often credited with originating Fantasy Sports in the 80s, the history of Fantasy Football actually predates this by two decades. In fact, according to its founders, Fantasy Football actually predates the Super Bowl AND the NFL-AFL merger. With NFL kickoff just around the corner, and fantasy drafts being planned all across the country, we’d like to present a few facts about one of America’s favorite online pastimes:
- The earliest rules for Fantasy Football were developed in 1962 by three guys during an Oakland Raiders East Coast trip. One was the Raiders PR guy, one was a reporter for the Oakland Tribune, and one was a partial owner of the team.
- The first Fantasy Football draft ever was held in 1963 by the “Great Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League.” The first pick, QB George Blanda.
- The first bar to host a public Fantasy Football league was Kings X Sports Bar in Oakland. They opened their league in 1969.
- Yahoo! Was the first of the top Fantasy Football sites to offer its service for free back in 1999. It continues to be the most popular fantasy site to this day.
- By 1989 over 1 million people in the U.S. were playing Fantasy Football.
- By 2006 over 12 million people in the U.S. were playing Fantasy Football
- By 2013 over 21 million people in the U.S. were playing Fantasy Football
- According to Forbes, Fantasy Football generates over $1.6 Billion in revenue each year.
- This game isn’t just for men any more. 20% of the people playing Fantasy Football are women.
- Of all the people that play fantasy sports, 75% of them play Fantasy Football making it by far the most popular game.
- According to a Yahoo! survey, 35% of Fantasy Football players have rooted against their favorite NFL team if it meant their Fantasy team would win.
- The average age of a Fantasy Football player is 34-years-old.
- 40% of players polled say they plan on playing Fantasy Football until they die.
- Fantasy Football has become so popular that NFL stadiums are having to make accommodations. In fact, Levi Stadium in San Francisco now offers a Fantasy Football Lounge that gives patrons all the needed amenities to keep track of their teams.
- The states with “the most intense Fantasy Football participation” are: 1. North Dakota 2. Delaware 3. Indiana.
- 12% of Fantasy Football players are in a league with their spouse. It’s fun for the whole family!