October 29, 2013
My research-informed cultural analysis paper is about Fantasy Football and some of the risks and effects it has some people of the world. The audience that this paper is for are people who play fantasy sports and also people that is interested in playing fantasy sports in the future. This paper that I wrote should be in a sports magazine of sort, like ESPN, because of the information it has on fantasy football. Also, how fantasy football owners affect them players after playing their games. The challenge that I faced with this assignment was wondering how to start off my paper and how to lead it into my arguments. So, I decided to start off my paper with an experience of my own drafting story that could lead into my arguments. The other problem that I faced was how to end my paper, should I end it with a story or wrapping up my arguments. I came to the idea to end my conclusion by imagining the future of the NFL and the fantasy football players. I feel like the strong sections of my paper are the fact that I actually play fantasy football so I know how it works. Also, my facts and citations that I came up with that support my arguments and to back them up. My weaknesses that I have are that I try to hard, work too hard, really dedicated, and care too much.
Lee, J., Ruihley, B. J., Brown, N., & Billings, A. C. (2013). The effects of fantasy football participation on team identification, team loyalty and NFL fandom. Journal of Sports Media, 8(1), 207-227. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.proxy.lib.umich.edu/docview/1419395109?accountid=14667
Rock, T. (2013, Oct 23). Jacobs receives death threats via twitter. Newsday. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.proxy.lib.umich.edu/docview/1443937765?accountid=14667
Ackert, Kristie. “Maurice Jones-Drew Apologizes to Fantasy Owners about Taking Knee against New York Jets.” Daily News Sports: n. pag. Print.
It’s that time of the year, when all the other professional sports are getting put on hold because the regular season is right around the corner for the NFL is about to start and its draft time. Everyone is reading up on the injury reports and looking for the sleepers of this years draft trying to get a leg up on their competition. It is also the time where my friends start talking about last year fantasy league results. Getting ready to start trash talking your friends when you win your fantasy football league. Which ended up with me being made fun of by my 12 closest friends that were also in my league for being. I do not want this season of fantasy football to be the laughing at Ernest for being in last place of the league. This is going to be the year where I am going to be at the top of the standings and having that fantasy football trophy in my arms. This paper will show how fantasy players take there fantasy sport very seriously and also how this effects of there feelings towards there favorite team.
For those of you that do not understand fantasy football is a game online where you build a team by drafting actual NFL players and you compete head to head against others in your league. When you pick your team, its like any other draft order when the first pick in the first round gets the last pick in the second round and so forth. Drafting is the most important part of your whole entire fantasy football career. Drafting is very key, your league usually picks running backs the first round because they are the most consist with points, but you don’t want to pick a quarterback to early. Next, you usually pick a quarterback then fill in the rest of your lineup. Your league generally consists of your friends and/or family. Once you have your team finalized, you have to set your lineup for each week on Sunday to get more points than your opponent. How you get points is easy: if your players do well you get positive points and if your players do bad then you get less points. Fantasy football is very realistic and is based on the actual players, lets say a player is injured in real life; he is injured on your fantasy football team. Fantasy football has become very popular in the United States by the advancement of technology.
According to Jeremy Lee, “An estimated 35 million people in North America participated in fantasy sport in 2011.” With the advancement of technology with phones and mobile devices you can play fantasy football from pretty much anywhere. For example, according to Taylor, Funk, and Craighill, approximately one in twelve people who use the Internet play in fantasy sports league. So when fantasy football season comes up every year its an intense 17 weeks of fantasy owners lives. For example, a fan and a fantasy football owner of Brandon Jacobs was extremely unhappy with his poor performance in a game and sent him a death threat on Twitter. People playing fantasy football very seriously and sometimes in this case a little too serious. But sometimes people take fantasy football serious in another way.
Fantasy football owners will want their fantasy football team to win much rather than there favorite team. According to the Journal of Sports Media, forty-one percent of fantasy football participants prefer a win by their fantasy team instead of their favorite team. This actually has a big impact on the national football league with ticket sales, team merchandise sales, and sponsorship sales. When people care more about their fantasy team more than their favorite team they start to become less interested and not motivated by their favorite team. Fantasy football owners put NFL players under a tremendous amount of pressure when they do not perform well or when they do not score a touchdown. For example, Maurice Jones-Drew apologizes to fantasy football owners after the game against the New York Jets. “In the game, the New York Jets led Jones-Drew’s Jacksonville Jaguars 22-21 with two minutes left in the game. The New York Jets were willing to concede the touchdown to the Jacksonville Jaguars in order to get the ball back with time left in the game. Jones-Drew was about to score a go- ahead touchdown when he did the unthinkable to fantasy owners: he took a knee on the one-yard line. (Lee 1)” This play caused outrage in the fantasy football world when the owners that had Maurice Jones-Drew thought they were going to get six points for his about to be touchdown but he did the unimaginable play of taking a knee on the one-yard line. Jones-Drew said sorry to fantasy owners and responded with, “ That it hurt his own fantasy football team because he owned himself.” This shows how football players are put under the most amount of pressure of everyone because they want to please the fantasy football owners and the fans of their team.
The hobby of fantasy football is a very serious topic to be discussing right now because we are in the middle of the football season and the tension is the highest. By the trend of the population in fantasy football growing over the years you have to wonder what kind of effect that is going to put on the professional athletes of the National Football League. The football players of the NFL are probably going to be put under even more amount of pressure due to the amount of growth of interest in fantasy football. Also, with the increase amount of people playing fantasy football, that means more fantasy players caring more about their teams than their favorite teams. In the future, the NFL is going to have a serious problem with the fans criticizing the players about not getting that touchdown at the end of the game. Or of them caring about their fantasy team than their favorite team and just not going to games, buying merchandise, or watching their games.