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Show Them The Money! San Diego Fans Play Fantasy Football

Show Them The Money! San Diego Fans Play Fantasy Football

GUESTS:

Scott Minto, director, SDSU Sports MBA Program

Cyndi Darlington, blogger, HailMaryBlog.com

Transcript

Leagues around San Diego County are gearing up for a new season of fantasy football.

According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, 30 million Americans participated in a fantasy football league in 2013. At least 40 million are expected to play in 2015.

Cyndi Darlington, a North County blogger, offers tips on fantasy football for newbies.

"Fantasy football is like drafting an all-star roster," Darlington, who is participating in three fantasy football leagues this year, told KPBS Midday Edition on Monday. "Most standard leagues will have 15 players and it's mostly offensive players that you draft."

But fantasy football is more than just an online game. The NFL — and other organizations — are looking to cash in as the game draws fans to their networks.

Scott Minto, director of San Diego State University's Sports MBA Program, said it's a multi-billion dollar industry.

"(Participants are) spending upwards to $11 billion in prep work," Minto said. "It's a modest form of sports gambling. There's a lot of money being invested."

Darlington said the gambling aspect shouldn't scare people away from trying fantasy football.

"If you're a first timer, don't let that scare you," she said. "You can play in lots of leagues for free."

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