Before the first fantasy football team was formed, the beginnings were already in play. There are many versions of the origins, but Wilfred Winkebach was the one who thought about the dream teams.
The very first sport to be played in fantasy was actually golf. In the 1950s, fantasy players formulated their teams of golfers and tallied their strokes. The teams with the lowest totals won. Later this was adopted into baseball.
At the time, Winkebach was sharing ownership of the Raiders. it was surprising that he didn’t think of fantasy football before anyone else. He was staying in a hotel on a raider’s tour, the idea dawned on him. He discussed it with his PR and sport’s writer. They discussed a unique scoring system that night, and discussed it with the sports editor of the Tribune as soon as they got back from the tour. The set of rules they presented was named the GOPPPEL, which stood for Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League. Simply put, teams were made by predictors (prognosticators) who knew enough about the game and the players to be able to tell future outcomes.
Those who wanted to participate in GOPPPL leagues were required one of the following: an administrative connection with a professional football team, an affiliation with football through journalism or have bought or sold at least 10 passes for the Raiders in 1963. In 1968, a sports bar wherein they held annual fantasy football drafts was opened. Since then, the popularity of this sports endeavor that is largely based on statistics has been slowly spreading.
Fantasy football gained it climax at the beginning of the internet. Scores could be tallied real-time instead of paperwork. Now, millions of Americans make their own teams and compete against each other online.
A background in football was required to participate. In 1968, a sports bar wherein they held annual fantasy football drafts was opened. The popularity of this sport is constantly growing.
Fantasy football gained it climax at the beginning of the internet. Paperworks didn’t have to be filed, as they had electronic was to tally. Today, many Americans make their own teams and play online.