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Should you be able to tackle fantasy football play at work?

August 8th, 2012

fantasy footballAccording to a new survey from Yahoo! Sports, the average fantasy football player spends more than 4 hours a week prepping for their fantasy matchup, an amount of time that would earn them more than $500 working a minimum-wage job over the course of a full season.

Some people even play at work – which, surprisingly enough doesn’t bother some firms, while others ban it, according to a poll of HR execs.

While some companies see it as a team-building activity, others have fired workers for playing on the job.

About 8 percent of fans admit to spending more than 10 hours a week preparing for fantasy football – the same percentage of fans, coincidentally, who report that they have been dumped due to a fantasy football obsession.

Other key findings include:

  • Fantasy football over sex?
    While 16% of respondents would give up sex for the entire season to win their fantasy league, more (19%) are willing to give up their mobile phone. The most respondents, 39%, would give up beer to win their league.
  • Fantasy football and real money
    75% of fantasy football players are willing to bet on fantasy football, with 12% open to wagering more than $250 in their league.
  • Favorite teams vs. fantasy teams
    35% of fantasy football players have rooted against their favorite NFL team when they had a fantasy player on the opposing team.
  • The most powerful man in sports
    Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, was considered by the most respondents (26%) to be the most powerful commissioner in professional athletics by a significant margin — more than the NBA’s David Stern (10%), MLB’s Bud Selig (9%) and the NHL’s Gary Bettman (3%) combined.
  • Gender bias?
    43% of fans think we are more likely to see a woman become President of the United States than be in charge of a professional sports league as a commissioner, and 25% think neither is likely.

You too, can be a sports commissioner

The results of the Yahoo! Sports survey were released today to kick off the announcement of Yahoo! Sports’ Commissioner Appreciation Day on Monday, Aug. 27, to recognize and reward the important roles commissioners play before and during fantasy football season.

Serving as commissioner of a fantasy football league can be a thankless job, but not this year. Yahoo! is giving three grand prize winners of the inaugural Commissioner Appreciation Day the chance to win two tickets from SeatGeek to eight regular-season games of the pro football team the winner chooses.

If you’re responsible for reviewing trades, collecting dues, scheduling drafts, and settling disputes, Yahoo! is making it worth your trouble this year.

Simply go to and create a league on Yahoo! Fantasy Football 2012. Once you’ve established yourself as commissioner of a league, tweet your numerical League ID to @YahooSports using the hash tag #YahooCommish before 5 p.m. (PT) on Aug. 27 and you’re automatically entered to win a number of prizes leading up to Commissioner Appreciation Day.

In addition to the grand prize, 15 commissioners will be eligible for one-on-one consultations with one of Yahoo! Sports’ Fantasy Football analysts – Andy Behrens, Brad Evans, Brandon Funston, or Scott Pianowski – and you can also have a chance to win other prizes, including Yahoo! Fantasy Football T-shirts, which will be awarded throughout the contest. All winners will be selected randomly from the pool of eligible entrants.

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