Drdobs wrote:The problem though is that advertising dollars don't represent the most reliable source of income for the league's.
Subscriptions are still a major factor. If you have 10,000 people who are paying $25.95/game, you can't tell me that the $260,000 in revenue earned from that is meaningless. And that is just for one game in one sport.
A few programmers, a solid business plan and a lot of research and you should be able to produce a site superior to all that is out there.
jon - advertising dollars are by far the most reliable source of income for these sites. The subscription fees are a drop in the bucket. Of course, if you are talking about the 2n tier of fantasy sites - like sandbox and similar, then yes, the league fees are a much greater impact to them, but I still doubt its more than 50%.
I agree with what you are saying about starting a new site, but when talking about the majors - its all about the advertising. I dont have the actual numbers in front of me, but they shouldnt be that hard to find. Last time I did look at them was a couple yrs ago, and the advertsing revenue was in the 85-90% area of total revenue.