The Dollars and Cents of the Fantasy Football Boom (Infographic)

With the hockey season just underway and the NFL already far enough in for my Lions to be eliminated from the playoffs, fantasy football’s busiest time of year is in full swing. You know it’s a big deal because you hear people talking about fantasy sports all the time. What you may not know is how big a deal it is. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry with tens of millions of people playing every week.

For more on the dollars, cents and sense of fantasy sports, here’s a handy infographic looking at the fantasy football industry.

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Join The Lowdown Blog Football Pick’em Pool

After our fantasy pool filled up, we meant to open another one but slightly forgot. To make up for it, we’re opening up a more casual and less time-consuming football pick’em pool. All you have to do is join our pool on ESPN.com (link below) and pick the winner of each game. To make the barriers to entry even less, it’s a straight pick’em so you don’t have to worry about the spread.

Click here to join The Lowdown Blog NFL Pigskin Pick’em Pool.

Join The Lowdown Blog Fantasy Football Pool

Are you ready for some football? The 2012 NFL season starts soon so we’re launching our second annual Lowdown Blog Fantasy Football Pool. The pool is hosted on ESPN.com and uses their scoring system. There are 16 spots in the league and it’s a public pool so anyone can join which means spaces will go quickly. Each team can start the ESPN default 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex (RB/WR/TE), 1 Defence and 1 K.

Click here to join The Lowdown Blog Fantasy Football Pool.

Join The Lowdown Fantasy Football Pool

It’s almost time for football! The season starts in ten days so we’re launching our first ever Lowdown Blog Fantasy Football Pool. The pool is hosted on ESPN.com and uses their scoring system. There are only 20 spots in the pool and it’s a public pool so anyone can join and spaces will go quickly. Each team can start the ESPN default 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 RB/WR, 1 TE, 1 Defence and 1 K.

The autopick draft takes place Thursday (September 1) so sign up now and set your picks.

Click here to join The Lowdown Blog Fantasy Football Pool.

Sunday Link-Off: Kick-Off

I don’t watch NCIS:LA but I can’t fault people who do if Daniela Ruah is on the show.

With the NFL pre-season underway, that means it’s time we’re kicking off fantasy football season. Did you know that it’s a billion-dollar industry? (Hollywood Reporter)

Nobody’s asking but it’s not a bad question: How will the recent US economic debt crisis / double-dip recession affect the economics of the NHL? (On The Forecheck)

Bad news for pay-per-view providers: Cable/satellite users are buying less PPV porn. That’s what the internet does for you. (Wall Street Journal)

After the jump, Punk vs. Cena II, baseball’s fake attendance numbers and Brokeback About Nothing. Continue reading