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Posted on 06.10.06
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  • Posted on 06.10.06

A fantasy sport — also called an “owner simulation” or “fairy tale sport” — is a game in which “owners” build theoretical teams that compete against other such teams using statistics and facts generated by real players and teams.

Fantasy sports are popular, because fantasy owners only have to consider a limited (and self-selected) set of factors, rather than the complex realities faced by real-world owners and managers. In the 1980s, newspaper writers rejuvenated fantasy sports by focusing the game on current seasons, rather than historical ones.

Tens of thousands of Americans now participate in such fantasy games, though the original fantasy sport of baseball has been losing popularity to such alternatives as fantasy football, hockey, basketball, golf, auto racing, and (for one local columnist, at least) re-thinking the BJC/Forest Park deal.