Fantasy sports are kind of a big deal. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, 42 million people over the age of 12 in the United States and Canada will participate in fantasy sports in 2014, and the economic impact of that on the sporting industry is, approximately, $3.5 billion…annually.
For that reason, fantasy sports can make people do crazy things. Hell, sports in general do that to people, but in the fantasy world folks get to test their general managing skills and flaunt their knowledge of the leagues they so desperately love, which ups the ante a little. And it’s not just us regular people that get tied up in the craziness; even the athletes themselves can’t help but have a go at running their own team.
Take the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson as an example. Not only is he in a fantasy football league for this upcoming season, he actually woke up at 5:30 this morning just to make sure that the dreaded auto pick didn’t ruin his team. And if you’re wondering why anyone would set their fantasy draft at such an ungodly hour, it’s because he has to work with a six-hour time difference now that Team USA is over in Europe to prepare themselves for the FIBA World Cup that kicks off on August 30th.
— klay thompson (@KlayThompson) August 28, 2014
All alone in a dark room before anyone else is awake, just for a fantasy draft.
That, my friends, is dedication.