September 7, 2017 kicked o the start of a new fantasy football season as people all over the country gun it out every week to see who will reign supreme in the NFL regular season.
Fantasy Football is a trademark of American culture. In a fantasy football league, every participant creates their own “football team” made up of real professional players.
The performance of the participant’s team hinges on the real performance of the players in his league. Most football leagues are head-to-head leagues in which teams compete against one another every week.
The team’s record determines the participant’s playoff seed. Fantasy Football play- offs take place in weeks 14-17 of the NFL regular season, and, when a team loses, they are eliminated from contending for the champion spot.
Some leagues also award 1 point or half a point for every reception, increasing the value of receivers and running backs who accumulate many receptions.
According to the FSTA, about 41 mil- lion people play fan- tasy sports every year. People of all ages can play Fantasy Football as the average age of a user is 34, while 18% of the market is held by teens.
Many leagues require participants to pay an entry fee that will acts as a prize for whoever wins the league. Even though the federal government does not classify fantasy football as a game of chance and thus not gambling, this has not stopped several states from placing restrictions on certain fantasy football activities like charging an entrance fee.
Currently, at Rutgers Prep, we have our own Fantasy Football club, which is a sign of how popular Fantasy Foot- ball truly is.
Fantasy Football is a great, albeit time-con- suming, activity that sports fans can bond over.