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How many people play our game?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2004 12:14 am
by Tribe-Fan
Has anyone read anything published that states how many people play fantasy baseball annualy? A link would be great if you have one.

Thanks.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2004 2:39 am
by HOOTIE
I have heard 5mil, but who knows how accurate it is?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2004 2:44 am
by wrveres
HOOTIE wrote:I have heard 5mil, but who knows how accurate it is?


I need a news story search in Yahoo and came up with nothing. A paper in FLA did a story once but the archive was removed. :-o

couldn't tell ya ....

I know I play fanatsy baseball .. "Annually".. 365

PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2004 2:47 am
by bell
It's probably pretty hard to track considering how many people play multiple leagues, create multiple accounts, etc...

PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2004 3:21 am
by Madison
I'm stumped as well.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2004 4:13 am
by ramble2
I wonder if Yahoo customer service would help. If nothing else, we could get an idea of how many people sign up for Yahoo each year ...

I'll send an email and report back.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2004 5:02 am
by swingaway
i dont know the exact number but iam certain that the number that play each year is increasing though

PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2004 7:27 am
by Arlo
A survey by cnn/money from last autumn put the number of people who play fantasy sports at around 15 million, with about a quarter of those playing fantasy baseball. I've heard all sorts of numbers, though, all the way up to 40 million (for all fantasy sports combined). Take that one quarter playing baseball estimate with a grain of salt, too; in that survey, baseball was only a percent or two above basketball, which I don't believe for a minute if we're talking about fantasy and not just brackets.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2004 8:50 am
by trevisc
Arlo wrote:A survey by cnn/money from last autumn put the number of people who play fantasy sports at around 15 million, with about a quarter of those playing fantasy baseball. I've heard all sorts of numbers, though, all the way up to 40 million (for all fantasy sports combined). Take that one quarter playing baseball estimate with a grain of salt, too; in that survey, baseball was only a percent or two above basketball, which I don't believe for a minute if we're talking about fantasy and not just brackets.


I remember reading an article on that and 15 million seems to ring a bell. That's a ton. I wonder what the statistics are for those who play for money vs. those who play for fun.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2004 9:11 am
by Tribe-Fan
trevisc wrote:
Arlo wrote:A survey by cnn/money from last autumn put the number of people who play fantasy sports at around 15 million, with about a quarter of those playing fantasy baseball. I've heard all sorts of numbers, though, all the way up to 40 million (for all fantasy sports combined). Take that one quarter playing baseball estimate with a grain of salt, too; in that survey, baseball was only a percent or two above basketball, which I don't believe for a minute if we're talking about fantasy and not just brackets.


I remember reading an article on that and 15 million seems to ring a bell. That's a ton. I wonder what the statistics are for those who play for money vs. those who play for fun.


I am curious about that myself. Before I started using the cafe, I thought most people played for money, at least 1 money league with friends on top of a bunch of public yahoo leagues. But it appears that many just play for fun exclusively.

There is a fantasy sports trade association which probably gets into these kinds of stats. I didn't see any numbers on their website, but I will send them an email and try to get some answers. I will post any results I get.