Well first and foremost I would like to thank Steve for his “expert” advice on what teams my money should be riding on this weekend.
This week’s articles are based on fantasy football and the way it dominates today’s society. People become obsessive over their fantasy teams and the pride that winning brings them. Fantasy sports, football in particular have sky-rocketed in popularity ever since the inventions of rotisserie baseball, which ESPN’s 30 for 30 series did an hour long special on.
When it comes to the media’s coverage of sports because of an individual player’s impact the change in the past few years has been drastic to say the least. ESPN, CBS and just about any other website that covers sports now have their own individual pages just dedicated to fantasy games where people get the opportunity to own their own team, and the decisions made by said owner decide whose wins and loses money, if that’s how the league is run. Each of the media outlets listed above also have their own fantasy “experts” who host shows that run from half an hour to an hour, telling the owners who to start and who to sit for that given week. The fact that these outlets are dedicating an individual solely for fantasy sports goes to show how important these games are in the public’s eyes.
The articles talk about how the more time one spends on fantasy sports the more knowledgeable that person will be in the given sport. If you want to be the best at a fantasy sport you are checking your leagues several times a day and it becomes a borderline obsession. Whether or not these leagues are good for the sport as a whole or for society will be an interesting talking point for our class, but for now I have to go edit my lineup before tomorrow night’s NFL game.