NBA, CBS Sports Execs Cite Daily Fantasy As Key Trend Of Sports Year To Come

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Sports trends for the year ahead

A handful of interesting – and insightful – comments regarding the one-day fantasy sports industry are sprinkled throughout Mark J. Burns’ year-ahead survey of 85 sports business pros over at Forbes.

One-day fantasy on several watchlists

Fantasy sports made the cut for four of the 85 Burns surveyed.

One of those – Fantex CEO Buck French – obviously doesn’t come as a surprise.

And it’s also something short of shocking that Sal LaRocca, who is both the NBA’s President for Global Operations and Merchandising and an investor in FanDuel, tagged DFS as an industry to watch while making special note of the “continued momentum for it being a global business.”

Jeffrey Gerttula, SVP of, listed fantasy as a package of forces (including social and video) that will spearhead a drive to offer “access to more information but also more personalization and control” to fans.

And Steve Brener of Brener Zwikel & Associates identified fantasy sites and the pending cable mergers as “the two areas that will certainly gain the most attention in the sports world in 2015.”

Other oft-cited trends should intersect with DFS

Several of the most frequently mentioned trends to watch carry direct implications for daily fantasy sports.

Leveraging Facebook’s increasing focus on sports

One comment that didn’t address daily fantasy sports directly but still bears a mention came from Dan Reed, Head of Global Sports Partnerships for Facebook.

Reed predicted that in 2015, “[l]eagues, teams, agencies, brands and sports media will better understand and capitalize on the fact that Facebook represents the single largest collection of sports fans on the planet.”

While excluded from the list, DFS operators won’t find themselves immune to the gravity of Facebook – especially because, as Reed noted, the social giant is “placing a big emphasis” on sports video in 2015.

And Marc Reeves, the International Commercial Director for the NFL, echoed Reed, saying he expects a trend of:

Greater integration from large-scale distribution/publishing platforms into sports. I believe groups like Vice Sports, TMZ, etc. as well as Facebook (via its recent Sportstream and Occulus acquisitions) and Google/YouTube will continue to carve their way into the sports industry.

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