When is 30 million or so Fantasy Football players not enough?
When it comes to the NFL.
The NFL now wants schools to incorporate Fantasy Football when it comes to teaching math in our schools.
NFL Chief Marketing Officer Mark Waller told The Wall Street Journal that the league is trying many ways to get kids excited about the NFL. Among the ideas - pushing Fantasy Football into the regular lesson plan.
"We want to make sure that at the younger age, there’s a format for fantasy and a way to play that will allow you to engage. But also use it educationally. It’s a complex game, fantasy. You should be able to learn a lot, particularly around math. How many points do I need? How many points does this player get? We’re also trying to work with groups to get the concept of fantasy based into the curriculum of elementary schools. If you love football and you teach them math through football, the chances are you may teach them better math and more quickly."
Of course, Fantasy Football in its purest form is just another way for people to wager on the NFL. Teaching little Tammy Lynn about point spreads, over/unders and parlays doesn't fit into the NFL's warm and fuzzy image. Yet. somehow, demonstrating to little Caleb why a Matt Forte is far valuable that a Peyton Manning or Tom Brady seems like a good idea.
Coming soon: "Point Spreads 101?"
"Free" Fantasy Football can only keep fans riveted for a limited time. Eventually, bragging rights lose their luster. Power may be the ultimate aphrodisiac, but money is the best high. Getting kids interested in Fantasy Football in elementary school means they'll be ready to "invest" in pay leagues by the time they hit high school. It makes one long for the days of candy cigarettes.
Like any organization awash in power, money and hubris, the NFL has already partially left the atmosphere of reality this year. The new Fantasy-inspired rules being imposed on pass defenders are going to prolong games and, eventually, frustrate fans of every team.
As the league ponders pushing Fantasy Football in schools, the same kids they hope to reach will hear Mom and Dad curse up a hurricane in Week 1 after Darrelle Revis is called for "defensive holding" for breathing too hard on Dolphins WR Brian Hartline.
Sorry, but school's out on this one.
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