INDIANAPOLIS, IN–(Marketwire – February 2, 2011) – RotoExperts, LLC, the independent industry leader in Fantasy Sports content, is proud to announce its newest venture, Legends Fantasy Sports Games. Highlighting this suite of games, first and foremost to go with the most popular sport in America, is the Legends Fantasy Football game.
The public will have a chance to challenge a stable of gridiron Legends for free, playing weekly Fantasy Football contests with the NFL icons for opportunities to win autographed memorabilia and other great grand prizes.
The RotoExperts Legends Fantasy Football roster contains former standout players and coaches that include the likes of 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists Chris Doleman, Charles Haley and Jerome Bettis; Pro Football Hall of Fame 2009 inductee Bruce Smith; Pro Football Hall of Fame 2005 inductee Dan Marino; Seven-time Pro Bowl and single season sack leader Michael Strahan; 12-year veteran and Super Bowl XXXV champion Tony Siragusa; Former NFL Head Coach Steve Mariucci.
“Allowing the public to play Fantasy Football against former NFL Legends is a great way for the novice to get exposed to the engaging game of Fantasy Football,” said Hall of Fame finalists Chris Doleman. “It’s also a way for the seasoned Fantasy veterans to test their skills against some real legendary pro athletes.”
“RotoExperts Legends Fantasy Football is more of a brainstorming creation of our readers, listeners and customers than anything else,” said RotoExperts CEO Louis M. Maione. “People who purchase our premium products and services to help them win their leagues often ask us if they can interact with the celebrity athletes that work for and with us. We simply listened and responded to what our customers wanted.”
According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA), the industry reached over 35 million adult Americans in 2011 and participation has grown over 60% the past four years, with 19% of males in the U.S. playing Fantasy Sports. It’s estimated that over 32 million people age 12 and above in the U.S. and Canada played Fantasy Sports in 2011, with 77 percent of them playing Fantasy Football. Growth in the Fantasy Sports industry is rampant and estimated to have had a $3 – $4 billion annual economic impact across the sports industry, with metrics in both participation and economics rising faster than it can be recorded. Taking advantage of the explosion of interest in Fantasy Sports, RotoExperts is honored to have become a founding Sponsor of the inaugural Fantasy Football Fest, operated by ReedPOP, to be held at the Atlantic City Convention Center August 18-19, 2012.
“Every event that ReedPOP produces offers a world-class celebration of pop culture by providing unique access, up close and personal experiences and interactive events that focus on exactly what the fans want most,” said Greg Topalian, Sr. Vice President, ReedPOP. “The Fantasy Football Fest is an exciting addition to our portfolio in that it harnesses the passion of the virtual Fantasy Football world to an in-person, live event.”
The Fantasy Football Fest expects to bring over 25,000 fans in approximately 300,000 square feet of total experience space. Activities and special events include a Draft Day Party, Athlete and Celebrity appearances, Sports Video Game tournaments and free-play, interactive athletic competitions, Sports Memorabilia, a Tailgate Party and Beer Tasting. While the Fantasy Football Fest focuses on fantasy football, including space for leagues to conduct drafts and fantasy experts providing tips and insights to help players’ teams perform at their best, the festival is much more than just a fantasy happening. It promises to be about every aspect of professional football, except strapping on the pads to get hit. The show will offer something for every member of the family in addition to being an amazing weekend for the hardcore fantasy player.
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans.
The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration and UFC® Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
Founded in February 2008, RotoExperts is one of the nation’s fastest-growing sports / Fantasy Sports companies. RotoExperts has quickly become a leading provider of syndicated content for some of the most recognized and successful sports franchises and publications in the industry. In addition to its own sites, www.RotoExperts.com and www.TheXLog.com, RotoExperts content has been featured prominently and regularly on sites such as NFL.com, Yahoo! Sports, SI.com, KFFL, USA Today Sports Weekly, TheSmokingJacket.com, TheBigLead, DeadSpin and more.
RotoExperts occupies the morning drive slot on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio Ch. 87 (Sirius 210) and can be found on terrestrial radio stations, including ESPN affiliates and Beasley Broadcasting stations throughout the country. In 2011, RotoExperts won four Fantasy Sports Writers Association Awards, and in 2010 Managing Director Scott Engel was named to the inaugural class of the FSWA Hall of Fame.
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- The founder and former owner of MC3 Sports Media, Mike Cardano is the Sr. Business Administrator for RotoExperts and the Executive Director here at TheXLog.com. You may email Mike @ [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @MikeCardano. Listen to Mike on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio with Scott Engel and the morning crew Tuesday mornings at 10am ET.