Now that football season is in full swing, what will women do on Sundays, Monday nights and Thursday nights while their husbands watch football? Millions of women will be watching as well, not just as a couple’s bonding experience, but as faithful fans themselves. Many have been football enthusiasts for years. Others have taken advantage of Football 101 classes offered by NFL teams and now are loyal followers. Recently, I discovered a new dimension of the game.
I read an article on women who had formed a Girls Fantasy Football League. Now this intrigued me.
According to a 2006 poll by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, there are nearly 1 million female fantasy players. While female participation in the game is growing, the report states that men still make up 92 percent of fantasy team owners.
The article featured the Incline Village’s all-female Fantasy Football League. This is the sixth year for this league. In case you don’t know how Fantasy Football works, which I didn’t, there is a league, team owners and a draft of real NFL players. It costs to buy a team to be in the league. They keep score according to actual game performance of their drafted team members. For instance, if Terrell Owens gets two touchdowns in a game, that team is credited with 14 points. These women are dedicated football fans and can quote stats about players better than your average population, male or female.
Two devoted players, Darolyn Skelton and Shelley Robins, were instrumental in the formation of the league and have started www.girlsfantasyfootball.com.