Fantasy Sports Combine
July 1, 2015
By Daniel Dobish
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Have you been playing Fantasy Sports for years? Are you just new to things, and it is addictive and you just cannot get enough? Are you familiar with Daily Fantasy Sports, games which are growing exponentially in popularity? Lastly, if you do play are you winning money on a regular basis?
If the questions to most of those questions is yes, but no to the latter, then you will really want to take a trip to Las Vegas July 17-19 for the inaugural Fantasy Sports Combine where former athletes, coaches, sports personalities and Fantasy experts will be on hand to give you the tools for success in an ever-growing, and increasingly competitive area.
The Fantasy Sports Combine is the brainchild of former hedge fund manager Drew "Bo" Brownstein, who came up with the idea to have those in the know pass on their knowledge of Fantasy Sports, and just sports in general, so fans and Fantasy players can get a better grasp on winning more consistently.
For those unfamiliar with Fantasy Sports, or with just a vague understanding, you select a roster of real players from any sports and you will score points based on statistics for their games, whether it be weekly, yearly, or daily. The latter has grown tremendously in popularity, with Fantasy Sports not generating billions of dollars annually.
Tickets to the Fantasy Sports Combine will not come cheap, with prices at $995 per person. The convention will take place at the beautiful Wynn Resort, and you will get to rub elbows with sports royalty for the weekend. If that isn't good enough, consider most people play yearly Fantasy Football for $100-200 per pop, and the knowledge you pick up in mid-July could win your league prize and pay for the convention.
The roster of those aforementioned stars is quite impressive, too. The face of Fantasy Sports for the past decade, Matthew Berry, will be there, as well Brad Evans, definitely a Fantasy authority. And NFL guru Adam Schefter, who simply does not sleep during draft time, free agency, and the regular season, will be on hand. And can you imagine the stories to go home and tell your buddies about sitting down for lunch or cigars with legendary NFL tight end and former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka?
Oh, yeah, and a Super Bowl MVP will be there, an NFL team's franchise leader, a Heisman Trophy winner, etc. What more could you ask for to gain knowledge in football, in particularly?
"Another unique dynamic that Fantasy Sports Combine intends to explore is the perspective and insights from the players themselves," explains Brownstein. "NFL and Super Bowl MVP Terrell Davis, New York Giants all-time rushing touchdowns leader Brandon Jacobs, Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart and many more will be on hand to enhance the overall education and experience at the event."
Ditka will not be the only big-time former coach letting you pick his brain for football knowledge. Davis' former coach from the Denver Broncos, two-time Super Bowl winner Mike Shanahan, will allow Fantasy players to get a rare look at the X's and O's of the game and about personnel.
"Shanahan is going to break down film on the top incoming rookies and free agents to show you who is going to succeed or fail in the 2015 season and why," Brownstein said.
That type of knowledge will be invaluable. Wouldn't you like to get the opinion of someone in the know before your draft? Remember when New York Jets WR Eric Decker left the Denver Broncos for the money and bright lights of Manhattan and Fantasy owners overvalued him in his new role? Or when RB Justin Forsett landed in Baltimore fighting for a job and Fantasy owners did not pay him any mind. Shanahan will take a look at these situations and help get you better prepared for your Fantasy draft like you have never been prepared before.
There will also be those who work on the sidelines, or in the media, surrounding sports 24/7. What better people to speak and talk about their experiences than those who eat, breathe and live your passion for a living?
"All of the excitement will be led by well-known sports media personalities like Bonnie Bernstein and Kaylee Hartung and the overall MC of Fantasy Sports Combine is American Ninja Warrior host Matthew Iseman," Brownstein said.
There will be something for everyone at the Fantasy Sports Combine. Some will attend just to rub elbows with stars and their sports heroes. Others will go for the Fantasy Sports knowledge that you can get some no other place. Then, go put that knowledge to work to attend next year, and the year after that, because this thing could continue to grow in popularity and be a regular staple on the Fantasy scene when people start winning money regularly.
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