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Fantasy football gets a dose of reality

9 Sep

Fantasy football not only has 26 million participants, it has become so pervasive that its scores will now sit alongside real football scores.

Huh?

In a nutshell, Roger Goodell and the NFL have made the odd decision to display fantasy football results on the scoreboard at each NFL fixture.

NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy told The New York Daily News: “We want you most of all to sit back and enjoy it – in our stadiums, on television, and wherever else you connect with the NFL. Football fans enjoying football is what we love.”

As much as I love fantasy football, this is a curious move. We go to the games for the game, not a multi-tiered informational experience. If I wanted that I could hook into my iPad and never leave the house. And anyone who’s at a game and more concerned with what their No.2 running back is doing on the other side of the country than the action in front of them, should seriously think about giving their seats up to someone who really wants to be at the game.

Sometimes the suits need to stop trying to be cool and just worry about the business at hand – providing a quality on-the-field product.