July 10th, 2010

FSB Daily 7/10: Pocono Fantasy Vacations, Outsiders, Jim Brown

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

A roundup of items recently posted on the FSB News page.

- It’s not just sports bars and Vegas casinotels (I made that up) marketing to the heavy-spending fantasy consumer anymore. The Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau is selling the idea of hosting your draft at one of its resorts, going so far as to print up free “Pocono Mountains Destination Draft” T-shirts.

- We’re not here to pimp products at FSB.com, rather to inform. That said, if you fancy yourself a football fan and can’t appreciate the Football Outsiders Almanac — whose 2010 edition went live in PDF form Thursday — you’re either not as big a fan as you thought or too stodgy to consider new forms of analysis.

- Former NFL great Jim Brown is challenging a court ruling that said EA Sports is within its rights to use his likeness in video games. In dismissing Brown’s case back in December, a district court judge classified video games as “expressive works, akin to an expressive painting that depicts celebrity athletes of past and present in a realistic sporting environment.”

- No fantasy relevance here, but the folks who pay to play fantasy are also the same types of consumers who will sign up for NFL team credit cards. Those who already have them will apparently have to use up any accrued awards points before the league switches providers in August to Barclays’ of England (a country with which the NFL just seems to keep getting cozier).

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