Football & Technology CollideIt is finally Fall and many families are preparing for colder weather, falling leaves, and football weekends. College students put on all their college gear from the bookstore and alumni pull out their shirts they have not seen since the past season. Moving into Sunday, New York residents are choosing who to root for and families sit around the television with buffalo wings and several bags of chips to prevent movement from noon till 10 P.M. Football clearly has become a largely watched sport. According to a poll conduct by ESPN in 2014, over 49% of Americans are pro football fans. And the numbers really do not lie: according to CNN, in the 2015 football season, the NFL raked in over 12 billion dollars in revenue. It will not stop soon; the sport will just get more popular as the years continue. Because of the growing interest in football the technology for the viewers is also advancing. Recently, a Fantasy Football League came about through not a computer, but through an iPhone app. Players of the league pick certain players from every team and construct a team of their own. Players gain points based off of the good plays their chosen NFL players make. For example, if someone on their chosen defensive team forces a fumble, the fantasy football player gains points. This game is a competitive way for friends to get together and enjoy the sport of football in all of its aspects. Personally, I never had a favorite team but I had a lot of favorite players and fantasy football gave me a reason to root for all of them. “I am a giants fan but didn’t know much else about them, and fantasy football gave me a greater understanding of the game and who was playing it.” says senior Rob Rittenhouse. With the increased interest and involvement with fantasy football also comes the advancement of Sports Analytics, a field of research involving the statistics that measure both in-game efficiency and productivity. These statistics allow fantasy football players to pick the players that will help them the most of their teams. RPS Students can learn more about this ever-changing field in one of this year’s innovation programs. Fantasy football takes football Sunday’s to a whole new level and gives friends and families a way to connect through a sport they all watch and love.
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