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Goodbye Fantasy Football

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Fantasy football is the "king" of fantasy sports. Football has everything going for it...except a long-term bargaining agreement.

Why is football the most popular fantasy sport?

It's easy to play. Once your team is drafted, and there are plenty of lists to help you out in selecting a squad, you only need put in a lineup once a week, unlike baseball, basketball and hockey which require daily lineup changes.

Because it's only a once-a-week game, there is plenty of time, even for the most casual fan, to get the necessary information to compete. Even in the busiest weeks around the holidays, you can usually find five minutes to go onto the Internet and get the injury reports. It's much more difficult to keep track of daily injuries during a baseball season unless you are a dedicated fantasy player...or have Internet access at work.

Scoring in football is relatively simple. Six points for a touchdown, one point for every 10 yards rushing or receiving...a person with math skills can probably figure out his team's score in his or her head.

Scoring can be a little more complex in fantasy baseball what with the use of slugging percentage or OPS or ERA and WHIP.

But come next September, we may not have the option of playing fantasy football.

Why?

The answer is greed.

While Gordon Gekko of "Wall Street" fame said "greed is good" he wasn't talking about the greed shown by millionaire football players and billionaire owners. All their greed will do is stop us from enjoying our favorite pastimes - NFL football and fantasy football.

So my suggestion to all you fantasy football players out there - get involved in a fantasy baseball league. And be prepared to back that up by playing fantasy basketball or hockey next fall because there is a good chance that you won't be playing fantasy football on time next season.

At least if you are playing fantasy baseball, it will get you through the first week in October and if also draft a basketball or hockey team your "fantasy fix" will be appeased throughout the winter.

It won't be the same as football, but it will give you something to think about while you are spending your Sunday afternoons at Lowe's purchasing all the items for that project your wife has been asking you to do.

By the way, pitchers and catchers report on February 13th...just one month from today.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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