Fantasy sports began in the 1960s as a way for sports junkies to "interact" more with their favorite sports by selecting their own rosters and competing against like minded sports junkies. Until the mid-1990s, distribution of the game was limited to newspapers and magazines and league scoring was done by hand, thus limiting the number of participants. Improvements in technology, specifically the Internet, led to unprecedented growth and it also helped spawn the first real online "social networks", as fantasy players went online to talk smack with one other, trade players and review expert opinions. Today, every major media company and every professional sports league operates some type of fantasy league. There are cable programs and entire satellite TV packages dedicated to serving the fantasy audience--NFL Red Zone on Direct TV. Updates come to mobile devices and there are hundreds of iPhone, Android and Facebook fantasy sports apps and games. Given the continued growth of fantasy sports, where does it go from here?
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