Fantasy Sports Statistics: Facts About The Players

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Over the last 25 years, the fantasy sports industry has grown exponentially. The Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) estimates that in 1988, there were 500,000 fantasy sports players in the United States and Canada. In 2014, they reported an estimate of 41.5 million fantasy players in the U.S. and Canada. In total, roughly 14% of the U.S. population and roughly 19% of the Canadian population play fantasy sports.

The astronomical rise in the number of fantasy sports players has also had a significant financial impact. When you combine league fees, transaction fees, web hosting fees, website prize fees, informational materials, and challenge games, the average fantasy sports player is spending $111 per year on fantasy sports-related expenditures.

This data raises the question, who exactly plays fantasy sports? With the help of data provided by the FSTA, here is a look at the average fantasy sports player in the U.S. and Canada.

 

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Sex: Male; roughly 80% of all fantasy sports players in the U.S. and Canada are men.

Ethnicity: Caucasian; 89.8% of all fantasy sports players in the U.S. and Canada are Caucasian.

Marital Status: Single; 51.5% of all fantasy sports players in the U.S. and Canada are unmarried.

Average Age: 34

Education Level: College graduate; 78.1% of all fantasy sports players in the U.S. and Canada have a college degree or higher.

Favorite Fantasy Sport: Football; 69.4% of all fantasy sports players in the U.S. and Canada say fantasy football is their fantasy game of choice.

Average Time Spent Consuming Sports: 17.89 hours per week.

Average Time Spent Consuming Fantasy Sports: 8.67 hours per week.

Average Fantasy Sports Experience: 9.51 years

Average Annual Household Income: $92,750

Given the demographics of the average fantasy sports player, it comes as no surprise that the fantasy sports industry is estimated to be a $3.6 billion industry that is still growing.

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