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COULD FANTASY GAMES KEY SPORTS ON-LINE FOR THE FUTURE?
Published March 28, 1996
In this morning's WALL STREET JOURNAL, Stefan Fatsis profiles sports in cyberspace. Noting ESPN's claim to have well over 10,000 SportsZone subscribers, Fatsis writes that subscription sites will become more commonplace. He also notes while major networks have enthusiastically entered the online world, many involved believe "a great shakeout in the industry awaits when the thrill the companies get by going on-line clashes with the mounting costs of feeding a multimedia department." Many believe "one niche that may prove to be the Holy Grail of on-line sports" could be fantasy games. ESPNET reports 2,000 entrants to its fantasy football league and anticipates 4,000 for its baseball league. In addition, the four over-the-air networks are all developing on-line fantasy games, while on-line providers such as AOL and Prodigy are looking to "beef up" their fantasy sports areas (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/28).