Archive for the ‘fantasy sports’ Category

WHO WAS HURT WORSE THAN THE PATRIOTS BY TOM BRADY’S LOSS? GAMBLERS AND FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYERS

September 10, 2008

TOM BRADY

Darren Rovell, who writes about the business side of sports, has a brilliant article posted on the CNBC website. 

He points out that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s season-ending injury probably means a loss of $150 million to fans who own him in their fantasy football leagues. Rovell points out that 50% of all fantasy owners who had Brady last year won their leagues and the money that comes with those fantasy football victories. Now, Rovell points out, that money will shift to other teams.

Meanwhile, another group has already reacted to Brady’s loss. Las Vegas sportsbooks. The Patriots are actually 2 and 1/2 point underdogs this weekend against the Jets. That’s the first time since 2005 that New England hasn’t been favored in a football game.

Also, the Patriots opened the season as 3/2 favorites to win the AFC and 5/2 to win the Super Bowl. Following Brady’s injury, the odds of New England winning the Super Bowl dropped literally overnight to 15/1 at Las Vegas sports books. Offshore books are now offering the Patriots as 20/1 longshots to win Super Bowl XLIII.

STEPHEN A. SMITH WRITES THE DEFINITIVE PIECE ON WHY ONLY WHITE GUYS PLAY FANTASY SPORTS

September 3, 2008

 

STEPHEN A. SMITH

For a minute I thought I was reading The Onion.

In a piece entitled,

 

“Why don’t black people play fantasy? Allow me to explain.”

 

Stephen A. Smith gives his reasons why only white men play fantasy football and baseball.

Statistics say 96% of the people who participate in fantasy sports are male. Of that 96%, whites make up 95%. That means that of the 30 million people who play in fantasy leagues, 27,360,000 are white men.

Talk about “Stuff That White People Like!” Fantasy sports could be the whitest activity in Western Civilization.