Just when you may have thought fantasy sports reached a point of over saturation, a new frontier is upon us. With hundreds of teams in each of the major college sports, fantasy competition is rising to a whole new level with the inclusion of college football and college basketball. This really is no surprise given the popularity of these college sports and the popularity of fantasy contests in general. It’s development has also been aided by the demand created by daily fantasy sports websites where one can compete for cash. Fantasy sports contests for cash prizes are legal in most US States and on a federal level. At a Federal level fantasy sports is defined and exempted by the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) because it is considered a game of skill as opposed to chance.
Nowadays many sports fanatics participate in fantasy contests from their computers at home and at work. Due to advancements in mobile technology and user friendliness, participants are now capable of entering contests, editing lineups and tracking player performances from their mobile device as well. All this adds up to a larger market that also has greater access to online sports contests among friends or strangers. College football and basketball is essentially going to fill this void created by the increasing and already large demand. One can then expect for media and marketing corporations to utilize this opportunity as an advertisement medium which should help compound the popularity of college fantasy sports. This translates into billions of dollars worth in revenue and will revolutionize the way sports are viewed.
When fantasy sports first became popular on a mainstream level, it changed the way games were televised. Now every televised game that has fantasy implications displays graphics with player stats during the game. Player statistics from other games are also shown – usually on a scroll at the bottom of the television screen. This will also be done for college football and college basketball games that are televised. As you may know, the NCAA has strict regulations for college sports programs and their athletes with regards to compensation for performance. It will be interesting to see if the NCAA will revise these restrictions as a result of the increase in popularity. All the major daily fantasy websites have recently begun providing college football and college basketball contests. Therefore it is still in the early stages.