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  • CrazyGabey

    Has DFS exposed you to sports that you would never have become a fan of otherwise?

  • AQUAFTM45

    I wonder if most DFS’ers even watch sports? I will watch a NBA game every now and then, but mostly watch my players on my computer to see how they are doing. I think fantasy players watch less sports than the actual fan of a team.

  • crowntheirasses

    Absolutely. In fact, I bought NBA League Pass (already was a huge Bulls/NBA fan but only bought League Pass because of DFS as otherwise Bulls are on national TV/WGN about 30-40 games) as well as MLB.TV for the first time. I am now watching baseball again after an almost 30 years absence. I really enjoy watching the games and feel there is edge to be gained as well if you have a critical eye/ear for observing situations and player talent. This can be especially relevant in a sport that you might have played yourself, and therefore have a deeper understanding of the nuances. Or a sport you didn’t play (I played baseball and basketball but momma said “no” to football) but understand how to observe critically like NFL, where the casual observer focuses on the skill position players but misses observing the play in the trenches where the games are really decided.

    However, at this point I’ve decided to keep it to the three major sports. I don’t want to go any further down the rabbit hole of the other sports which hold very little interest for me just to feed the DFS dragon. Know thyself :)

  • probablymylastlogin

    I watch a lot less sports because of it. The anxiety sweating games bothers me. I only watch games I don’t have players in now.

  • realdeals

    I def watch more b/c of DFS. I wouldn’t have got LP for the last 2 years if not for DFS. I use to really only watch NBA during playoffs and an occasional big game. I would still get mlb at Bat to see Dodger games, but now I tune into other games. NFL ticket I would have w/out DFS but I def wouldn’t watch as many games as I do if not for DFS.

  • Simba19

    @probablymylastlogin said...

    I watch a lot less sports because of it. The anxiety sweating games bothers me. I only watch games I don’t have players in now.

    Lol!!! I am the same way I like to set my lineups and then do something Else or watch regular TV and check back at the end of the night to see how I did. The lone exception is I will always watch my Braves play

  • clublevel

    Absolutely yes. I normally would only watch every football game, but now I want to watch all sports games I can. Baseball, basketball and hockey. Been loving the hockey playoffs this year.

  • rsquier

    I hadn’t watched a full nba game in about 6-7 years until started playing nba dfs after nfl seadon ended. I have almost gotten to the point where I actually know which teams guys play for and who they are.

    The other thing I do now b/c of dfs is when I’m watching the scores scroll at the bottom of screen on ESPN or tnt I calculate players ffpts as they scroll across screen. Even if they are not my players. Adds a whole new dimension the ocd second guessing.

  • deebarizo

    I watch MLB. Didn’t used to before. Just bought MLB.tv. It helps that I’m winning so far.

  • CrazyGabey

    It’s crazy how that ends up working out. I think this is the true hidden value for every professional sports league. Offering DFS contests equals instant surge of new fans.

  • JHols1nger

    Ugh I caught myself watching golf today, and of course my first week playing is going tremendous. Think it’s got the hooks in me.

    I’m playing NASCAR this weekend as well and I can’t even remember the last time I watched part of race.

  • JHols1nger

    @CrazyGabey said...

    It’s crazy how that ends up working out. I think this is the true hidden value for every professional sports league. Offering DFS contests equals instant surge of new fans.

    Completely agree, the leagues should be doing everything they can to promote DFS. Especially sports like baseball or golf that typically have an older fan base and struggle to pull in the younger fans.

  • Thomas21

    Yes, definitely. I actually started to watch Hockey after playing NHL DFS. I would never have thought of watching it before.

  • BigA

    Nothing has changed for me except for watching some golf on Sunday if I think I’m cashing. Otherwise I only watch my home team games and red zone for football which I was doing before Dfs.

  • OsRitmos

    I would never, in a million years, have watched an NBA playoff game. I absolutely despised the league until I started playing DFS. Now I watch every single game. I don’t think I’m alone.

  • zef204

    Not exposure to new sports here, but far more consumption of NBA and MLB. Pretty sure I watched every nationally televised NBA game 2nd half of the season. Will certainly go for league pass next year.

    I haven’t gotten the PGA bug but I have entered a few contests. My golf viewing ended when the kids came around and I couldn’t doze off while watching on Sat or Sun.

  • Brian4state

    I would actually ask a different question…Does DFS make you STAY at home instead of going to ballpark or NFL stadiums? I’m a New Orleans Saints season ticket holder, but I swear I think most weeks I would rather be at home watching Redzone for fantasy reasons!

  • Yukerboy

    • Blogger of the Month

    I despised NBA until DFS. I purchased the NBA package because of it. Never despised MLB, but same result. I just finished watching the Cubs DBacks game that I never would have cared about beforehand. I find I don’t watch my pitchers nearly as much as my hitter stacks.

    Football remains the same. God bless NFL RedZone.

  • natroslezka

    More sports matter in new ways now thanks to DFS. I’m even learning about NASCAR although I won’t watch four hours of the 400 laps for the Coke 600.

  • calmextex

    I actually stopped watching live. Can’t do it anymore. I just get too nervous. But, it did get me interested in learning more about hockey and to follow MMA a bit more.

  • afcangelo

    Really hated NBA until this year, played it right from opening top, got a lucky win once and I was hooked. Ballstreams for me but I watched as much as I could. DFS and the female gender do not mix though my friends, lol. At least if you want to put the hours in. From hating the league for years to watching one season, I can literally tell you starting lineups for almost any team in the league. Backups even in most cases. Getting better with baseball but nothing like my NBA knowledge now.

    I’ll never stray from my Premier League though, with or without DFS, I love football (“soccer”) glad we’re finally seeing more sports into the fray as well. Tennis anyone? I really would like to see them add the Majors at least. (Aussie, French, Wimbledon, US)

    Another interesting side note, maybe not for all but it is for me for sure. Sports betting?? Non existent for me now. Why would I lay 110/100 when I could (possibly) win an absurd amount for a top prize?

  • PJGuin23

    DFS Tax Guru

    NFL RedZone is now a necessity for me. Of course I only watch it when the Eagles aren’t playing. My wife thinks that channel could lead to our eventual divorce. Ahe also thinks I pay attention to the actual games less because of it. I also watch PGA now because of DFS.

  • tprokopenko

    Agree with a lot of people in here. NBA is such a terrible product, and borderline unwatchable, but when you have DFS players that you are cheering for, all of a sudden there is a reason to turn it on and watch.

  • Z06Fanatic

    I was never a sports guy but once I got into NBA DFS this year I was hooked….would load up my lineups around 6, check injury reports, and then follow whichever games effected me the most……cant wait for the next season!

  • CrazyGabey

    @OsRitmos said...

    I would never, in a million years, have watched an NBA playoff game. I absolutely despised the league until I started playing DFS. Now I watch every single game. I don’t think I’m alone.

    Welcome to the dark side!

  • CrazyGabey

    @Brian4state said...

    I would actually ask a different question…Does DFS make you STAY at home instead of going to ballpark or NFL stadiums? I’m a New Orleans Saints season ticket holder, but I swear I think most weeks I would rather be at home watching Redzone for fantasy reasons!

    That’s a great point! Why watch just one game? That’s boring!

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