College Fantasy Sports Revolution

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.

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Does the Poker Site Shutdown Affect Fantasy Sports?

After the recent shut down of Poker sites in the U.S., many fantasy sports sites have been inundated with questions regarding the legality of fantasy sports within the United States. What comes as surprise to many people is that the answer is a resounding yes. Fantasy sports can be legally played online for money within the U.S. and there has been federal legislation specifically put in place allowing for fantasy sports to be played. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 which was designed to curb fraud and other issues with online gambling has a clause within the bill that states fantasy sports are not games of chance but games of skill, essentially eliminating any doubt about the legality of fantasy sports.

What consumers have to be cautious about is what types of fantasy games they play. Nearly all games out on the market today are legal but a few cross the line into gambling. The biggest difference between a legal fantasy game and an illegal one is how the teams are picked. True fantasy sports are solely based on statistics and not on the outcome of the game. This is outlined in the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Other games such as “Pick em” and “Pool” games shouldn’t actually get advertised as Fantasy type games because the outcome of a game or competition has a direct impact on who wins. Even though these types of games are widely popular on and offline, they are illegal to play online in the United States because when it is broken down to its simplest form, people are betting money on a team’s outcomes. This fact alone considers it gambling.

Granted that statistics are the largest element that makes fantasy sports unique from other forms of illegal gambling, there are still a few other rules that are outlined below that keeps these games legal.

All prizes and awards offered to winning participants are established and made known to the participants in advance of the game or contest and their value is not determined by the number of participants or the amount of any fees paid by those participants.
All winning outcomes reflect the relative knowledge and skill of the participants and are determined predominantly by accumulated statistical results of the performance of individuals (athletes in the case of sports events) in multiple real-world sporting or other events.
No winning outcome is based solely on any single performance of an individual athlete in any single real-world sporting or other event.

Another issue that can quickly be forgotten about the poker site shut down was how they were hiding their profits and either coercing banks or tricking them into taking payments from them. If you have ever tried to buy chips at a poker site you saw just how hard it was. Since fantasy sports are legal they don’t have to hide behind all the smoke and mirrors that poker did. The only concern for a fantasy sports player in this regards is that they need to claim any prizes on their taxes worth over $600. However, many Fantasy Sports companies already include a tax form with any prizes worth over $600, so there is no confusion when it comes to that time of the year.

Sports fans can rest easy knowing that the mainstream fantasy sites offer a great way to enhance your favorite sports and are completely legal.

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The Best Fantasy Sports Resource Sites on the Web

Fantasy sports are growing in popularity year by year. They are great for any sports fan who dreams of building their own team and competing with other fantasy team builders. There are now plenty of resources for the fantasy sport fan online that can offer the them plenty of information that they may need to build a successful team. There are online web sites that offer useful information such as player rankings, stats, and even cheat sheets.

Yahoo Fantasy Sports is a popular online web site for fantasy sports enthusiast to visit and compile information from. The Yahoo main fantasy page offers a hosting on baseball, football, basketball, NASCAR, and even hockey pools. Most of these leagues are free of charge. Another great site is that of the Bio Soft Sports site. This web site is the ultimate in fantasy sport player selection service. It also includes sports handicapping and poker software. Another site is that of Dr. Fantasy Football. This site offers plenty of news, player rankings, many cheat sheets, depth charts, statistics, transactions, injury reports, and a whole lot more. Next in line is the web site of Fantasy Baseball Hub. This site offers a free up to date compendium of baseball resources for its users. There are categories that are tailored to the users’ needs. This site makes it simple to acquire the information and statistics you need in virtually no time at all. And don’t forget popular sports site RootZoo, which is almost like a MySpace, social networking site for sports fans. On this site users earn points for their participation, which give it a competitive and addicting quality.

There are fantasy sports resource sites for any occasion one might need them for. There are sites that are dedicated to one particular sport, as mentioned earlier, or sites that are dedicated to fantasy sports in general as were also mentioned before. Fantasy Football Bookmarks is a great site to visit that is dedicated to the latest stats and info. Another great site is the Fantasy Football Café. This site offers enthusiasts a place on the internet to tap into news resources about fantasy football, cheat sheets, sleepers, NFL player rankings, strategies and other tips, advice, forums, and even predictions. Another strictly fantasy football site is the Fantasy Football Draft Cheat Sheets web site. The site is actually named Fantasy Draft Edge and it offers personalized cheat sheets for the enthusiast.

These cheat sheets can keep you ahead of the curve from draft day to beyond. Cheat sheets are great resources for anyone caught up in the world of fantasy sports. The Fantasy Football Hub is a great site to link you with information and other well respected and liked fantasy sports sites. This site makes it very simple for the user to navigate through its extensive list of sites and other resources. The site Fantasy Sports Drafts has been offering its users comprehensive and in depth information since 1993. On this site you will find baseball, basketball, football, golf, and even playoffs and other special events. There are five annual championships to which you are automatically entered in when entering the appropriate online fantasy drafts. No matter what type of fantasy sports resources you are after, this site will surely be of use.

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