Fantasy Football Permeating NFL Landscape

Fantasy Football season is upon us yet again. What? It’s not even August yet! For those who are Fantasy Football aficionados, the season starts right about the same time NFL teams starting gearing up for fall camp.

Fantasy sports in general have become much more popular over the last few years thanks to the pastime moving from desktops and laptops to mobile devices. If a company or website doesn’t have a Fantasy Football application, then they should be prepared to be considered an also ran.

The popularity of this particular way to pass the time is best demonstrated by the way the actual professional leagues have started embracing those who partake. The NFL is gearing up for the season (both real and cyber) by offering up a number of different fan-centric ways for people to get their Fantasy Football fix on.

USA Today reports that no team is embracing those who want to get involved in this game better than the Kansas City Chiefs. For the second straight year, the Chiefs are allowing Fantasy Football fans to actually host their league draft in Arrowhead stadium.

For diehard fans of live drafts, this is an incredibly attractive offer, even if it does carry a charge of $85 per person. There are a couple of stipulations for this offer, but for internet general managers, there also appears to be some rather neat incentives.

The only day Fantasy Football owners can draft inside Arrowhead is labor day. The league must also have a minimum of eight players, though that number is usually the minimum number of players a Fantasy Football league can have in order to be considered legitimate.

The Chiefs are making the chance to draft your team at Arrowhead even cooler with the first 350 people to sign up for the experience getting free tickets to a game against the Chargers in December.

ESPN is getting in on the Fantasy Football act by offering up a chance for cyber-players to get advice from some of the most well-known experts in the field at a Fantasy Football convention taking place at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

The Orlando Sentinel reports this particular convention is also quite pricey, weighing in at $349 a person. The cost of the convention includes a backstage pass to the ESPN tailgate party and access to insider information about who to draft.

All the pomp and circumstance surrounding these kinds of events just underlines how popular the cyber-sport has become. Even real and former NFL players like Brett Favre have been known to get into the Fantasy Football action.