According to a new survey from Yahoo! Sports, the average fantasy football player spends more than 4 hours a week prepping for their fantasy matchup, an amount of time that would earn them more than $500 working a minimum-wage job over the course of a full season. Additionally, 8% of fans admit to spending more than 10 hours a week preparing for fantasy football – the same percentage of fans, coincidentally, who report that they have been dumped due to a fantasy football obsession.
Other key findings include:
Fantasy football over sex?
While 16% of respondents would give up sex for the entire season to win their fantasy league, more (19%) are willing to give up their mobile phone. The most respondents, 39%, would give up beer to win their league.
Fantasy football and real money
75% of fantasy football players are willing to bet on fantasy football, with 12% open to wagering more than $250 in their league.
Favorite teams vs. fantasy teams
35% of fantasy football players have rooted against their favorite NFL team when they had a fantasy player on the opposing team.
Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, was considered by the most respondents (26%) to be the most powerful commissioner in professional athletics by a significant margin -- more than the NBA’s David Stern (10%), MLB’s Bud Selig (9%) and the NHL’s Gary Bettman (3%) combined.
43% of fans think we are more likely to see a woman become President of the United States than be in charge of a professional sports league as a commissioner, and 25% think neither is likely.
The results of the Yahoo! Sports survey were released today to kick off the announcement of Yahoo! Sports’ Commissioner Appreciation Day on Monday, Aug. 27, to recognize and reward the important roles commissioners play before and during fantasy football season.
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