A passion for sport competitions is instilled within American culture at a very young age. Unlike some other parts of the world, this passion is engrained in school youth athletic programs all the way through University experiences. This sense of loyalty for your alma mater or hometown team help to drive the intense passion Americans feel towards their sports teams as they grow into adulthood.
Single game wagering has been limited to the State of Nevada since the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. With the residents of 49 other states looking for reasons to stay engaged when their favorite teams are performing poorly or inactive, fantasy sports became the legal alternative. The fantasy sports industry has seen the number of domestic players grow from a modest 500,000 in 1988 to a staggering 53,500,000 in 2017.
While fantasy sports platforms provide great means to stay engaged over the course of the each sport season, the game itself is often not enough. Raising the stakes with prizes fuels the desire for continual participation and an intense need to win. While these prizes can be monetary or non-monetary in nature, something on the line allows for a much deeper attachment to the game results.
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