What cost fantasy football?

September 22, 2014

Now even Congress is joining in the outrage over the National Football League’s waffling response to the domestic violence cases involving its players. But do the fans really care?

Despite calls to boycott the league and John Oliver’s not-too-satirical assertion that Commissioner Roger Goodell has lost the moral high ground to celebrity gossip website TMZ, fans are still enthusiastically tuning in and turning up at games.

What—or rather, how much?—is at stake. A Reuters graphic shows that the $1.2 billion fantasy sports industry remains a major driver of fan interest, with the NFL dominating better than one-third of the market share. Bad behavior may not pay, but indifference can be lucrative.

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