The history of daily fantasy sports

The Premier League season is underway as the popularity of fantasy sports continues to surge

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho Photo: The Sport Review

The new Premier League season is already upon us and supporters have already gone through the emotions of the opening weekend.

For those playing Fantasy Football in the Premier League, it was a mixed weekend with some big names finding the net but others getting minimum time to shine.

Manchester United delivered for their fans with a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium as Jose Mourinho began life as Red Devils manager with a win.

For those who fancied United captain Wayne Rooney to score, their faith was rewarded as the 30-year-old scored the second of the visitors’s three goals on the south coast.

The 20-time English champions signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer from Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the summer transfer window.

Elsewhere, Fantasy Football favourite Sergio Aguero delivered for his loyal supporters with a goal on the opening day of the Premier League season.

The Argentina international converted from the penalty spot as Manchester City eased to a 2-1 victory over Sunderland in Pep Guardiola’s opening game in charge in the Premier League.

In north London, those who backed Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho to have an impressive season were rewarded as the Brazil international scored twice in a 4-3 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane also got on the score sheet as Arsenal lost yet another opening Premier League game.

For those interested in American sports,, a leading casino comparison site, has released an extensive infographic about the history of daily fantasy sports into a $4 billion industry.

This infographic documents everything from the GIs assembling dream baseball teams in the trenches during World War II to DFS becoming a $4 billion industry in under 70 years.’s image below shows how the advance technology in California’s Silicon Valley opened doors for DraftKings and FanDuel to lead industries worth over $4 billion.

“What’s fascinating about the Daily Fantasy Sports industry at the moment is that it’s future is so uncertain. For all the talk about the business being worth billions in next to no time, the refusal of many American states to recognise it as a game of skill means that the sums of money that are always being bandied about remain tantalisingly out of reach for the moment”, said editor Richard Luck.


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