May, 2009

It’s Gambling, Not Fantasy, That Threatens NCAA Playoffs

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

It’s just an average Associated Press story, one that probably won’t even be picked up by too many outlets that aren’t located in Montana or Delaware or specifically geared toward college sports. Its lead, though, shows a clear need for clarification — or maybe even just attention to detail.

The article, covering a subject that we previously brought up in FSB Daily, opens with this: “State and university officials are working to prove a Montana law that allows fantasy sports leagues does not violate the NCAA’s stance against gambling on sporting events.”

It is most certainly not the allowance of fantasy sports leagues that would prohibit Montana from hosting NCAA playoff games. If that were the case, there wouldn’t be any such events in states such as California and Florida.

The conflict is over gambling. Montana introduced a fantasy sports-based lottery game last year, and Delaware just recently legalized sports betting. Fantasy sports are fine everywhere, with residents in just a handful of states excluded from receiving prize payouts (a group we hope will lose Maryland soon).

Some might think this a matter of semantics, but when it comes to legal scuffles, semantics can get pretty important. Even if you remove the legall aspect, though, such word choices could signal that many still don’t get it. Fantasy sports aren’t gambling. Even the federal government knows that.


FSB Daily 5/29: Montana Lottery vs. NCAA, Yahoo! on the Phone

Friday, May 29th, 2009

A roundup of recent posts on the FSB News page.

- The recently launched fantasy sports lottery game in Montana could lead the NCAA to ban playoff games from taking place in Missoula, where the University of Montana has made the playoffs for 16 straight years. Could this soon be an issue for the Delaware Bluehens, too?

- Yahoo! reportedly plans to release a fantasy sports application for the iPhone later this year.

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What Kind of Fantasy Player Impedes on Your Fun?

Friday, May 29th, 2009

I just saw this article from a Bleacher Report blogger who lists six “guys” that he says ruin the fantasy experience with their presence.

The culprits in his eyes: The Guy that Loves the Draft Just a Little Too Much, The Guy that Drafts All Prospects, The Guy that Overvalues People from his Favorite Team, The Guy that Sends Terrible Trade Proposals, The Guy that Picks Up 10 People a Week and The Guy that Never Checks his Team.

Frankly, the only two in that group that annoy me are the Silly Trader and Dead-Team Owner. The waiver-wire vulture is a pain when he grabs someone you had your eye on but tends to even things out by dumping players that turn valuable later. Otherwise, I rather like my chances against the rest of them.

Mr. “A Little Too Much” tends to either be one of us or the person who overthinks on draft day and misses out on some obvious value. Everyone else just makes it easier to win without letting a team go dark. And we all play these games to win, right?

I’m more annoyed by the following individuals …

The Guy Who Loves Trash Talking a Little Too Much — I like trading barbs with leaguemates as much as anyone, but we’ve all probably played with folks who take it a little too far. Don’t get personal, and try to mix in a comment every once in a while that doesn’t center on how great you are.

The Guy Who Points Out Why It was Still Impressive that He Managed to Take Third — No, it wasn’t.

The Whiner — Every once in a while it’s OK to complain about dealing with injuries. Just remember that almost everyone does at some point.

The Bitter Quitter — This is the worst fantasy offender imaginable, even worse than the person who lets a team go dead. This is the fantasy owner who not only gives up on the season but either purposely releases valuable commodities to the waiver wire or makes ridiculous trades with the person they want to help win the league. Anyone who fits into this category should receive a lifetime ban from your league.

Who gets in the way of your fantasy fun?


Fantasy Football Times Up for Sale

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The company that drew the focus of our second-ever business profile is now on the open market.

“When I founded the company in 2003, my exit strategy was to build up the site to the point that it could be sold or acquired,” founder Greg Bebezas told “At the time, I had the opportunity to get involved in the emerging fantasy industry, and six years later, with the industry continuing to grow and gain mainstream recognition, the time is right for me to move on.”

Bebezas said the duties related to his consulting business as well as family considerations have led him to the difficult decision to part with his fantasy site. He said that he would like to get a deal completed before the coming football season kicks off but, though he concedes that is a pretty tight frame within which to work.

He said that the company has been appraised in the range of $25,000 to $30,000 based on Web traffic and revenue but that he is willing to listen to best offers or sell off separate pieces such as the member database, specific technology applications and domains — which include,,,,,,, and

“The company has many assets on both the business and technology end that offer immediate value to those already involved in the industry,” Bebezas said. “The site has Google rankings on the first two pages for multiple industry terms — including ‘fantasy football,’ which makes it very attractive to other industry companies looking to expand their reach and also newcomers looking to gain immediate visibility without taking much risk.”

(Our Thursday night search turned it up at the top of Page 2 as the 11th link under “fantasy football.”)

Bebezas said the primary proprietary piece of software is the content engine behind the homepage, which draws content from “any news source from around the Web,” sorting and publishing its findings into keyword categories. Other specific information is available via the site.

“When you start up something like this and use a lot of your own sweat equity, it makes it harder and harder to part with,” Bebezas said. “I have to make tough decisions on where I can spend my time and what makes the most sense for me professionally and personally going foward.”

Interested parties can also contact Bebezas at [email protected].