Fantasy Football: History

How fantasy football became what it is today

  1. It is important to note that there is some dispute of who first invented it but this is the most common story.
  2. In 1962, Bill Winkenbach, a part owner of the Oakland Raiders, developed fantasy football during a three week trip to the east coast with the Raiders. Winkenbach, George Ross, the Oakland Tribune's sports editor, Scotty Sterling, a beat writer for the Tribune, and several others were responsible for helping develop the idea.
  3. The group called their league the Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League or GOPPPL.
  4. The first fantasy leagues drafted their players in person. Nowadays, the Internet has provided a new way to draft.
  5. Most of the original inventors of fantasy football are deceased now. However, Scotty Sterling is still alive and is a basketball scout for the Sacramento Kings.
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12/01/2009 11:54 PM