Professional sports have an effect on students, even in their fantasies

D’Joumbarey Moreau/Staff Writer

Nylon or Pigskin. Hardwood or the gridiron. A fast break dunk or a touchdown bomb.

As both leagues are cash cows, the National Football League and the National Basketball Association both entered lockout ending seasons. There are many desires to the casual sports fan such as having their respective team win a championship and wanting their favorite player to win an MVP. But besides those wants, fans are looking to win their individual fantasy basketball or football leagues, and in many cases, with multiple teams.

Fantasy sports, a game where participants build a team of players to compete with other teams,  have engaged fans in a unique way.

“It helps media coverage because when games are being played there are more people watching,” said Jesus Cruz, a Junior Biology major. “When Dwyane Wade is playing against Kobe [Bryant], it creates a greater atmosphere around the game and it takes the competition to another level.”

In fantasy sports, owners gain points from their player’s performance and the team with the most amount of points wins. The points are accumulated by the statistics players compile.

Although Florida is known for its football from the prep to professional level, some FIU students enjoy playing fantasy basketball more.

“I enjoy basketball more because I am a Miami Heat fan,” said Langston ‘Stone’ Teijeiro, a senior Criminal Justice major. “I would like to put some of the players, such as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on my team. I’d rather play fantasy basketball because [The Heat] are better than the Dolphins.”

Although football is the most popular sport in North America, one of the biggest perks to being an owner in a fantasy football league is time.

“It’s more popular to play and more of my friends play it, It only two days to keep up with,” said Danny Ghanem, a junior Finance major, about the fact that the majority of football games are played on Sundays and Mondays. “In a week for basketball there could be a lot of games being played so it’s more difficult to keep track with.”

To die hard basketball junkies, the inspiration of playing fantasy basketball only helps progress their knowledge in the game.

“We get to see the players develop as the season progresses and it helps the focus on one sport more in general.” Cruz said,  “It’s competitive against friends and also co workers, it creates a fun environment to be around,”

Football and basketball are both popular North American sports, but since the last decade, fantasy sports were introduced online as the new way to interact and engage with one particular sport at FIU, and the new king may be basketball.

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