Fantasy Sports Demographic Information
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Numbers At A Glance
Fantasy sports players are younger, better educated, with higher household incomes and more likely to have full-time employment:
- 71% Male // 29% Female
- Average Age: 32
- College Degree or More: 50%
- Have a household income of $75k+: 53%
- Have full-time employment: 67%
- Average Annual Spending Per Fantasy Player (age 18+): $653
- Favorite Fantasy Sport: Football
- Fantasy Sports Players that Pay League Fee: 70%
In 2017, there are 59.3 million people playing fantasy sports in the USA and Canada.
|FIGURE 1. Percentage of fantasy sports players compared to the general population in the United States and Canada (Age 12+)|
The growth of the number of people playing fantasy sports in the USA and Canada has exploded over the years.
|FIGURE 2. Number of fantasy sports players by year|
|Year||Estimated Number of Players|
|1991-1994||1 – 3 Million|
On average, fantasy sports players (age 18+) spend $556 on league-related costs, single-player challenge games, and league-related materials over a 12-month period.
|FIGURE 4. Fantasy sports players’ (age 18+) spending (over 12-month period)|
|Daily Fantasy Sports||$318||$257||$5|
|Traditional Fantasy Sports||$184||$162||$60|
Players are more interested in sports because of fantasy. 64% say they are watching more live sports because of fantasy. •61% say they read more about sports because of fantasy.
39% of fantasy sports players primarily use a mobile device compared to 25% in 2012.
|FIGURE 5. Among those that use a mobile device, fantasy sports players access websites via their devices to:|
|Check the score of my fantasy games||16%|
|Set/change the line-up of my team||12%|
|Check the scores of the other games in my league||16%|
|Create or join a fantasy sports league||9%|
|Research players/free agents/check waiver wire||13%|
|Offer or evaluate trades||12%|
|View live draft results to gauge where players are being drafted||11%|
|Watch fantasy sports TV or videos either live or on demand||9%|
|Post comments or “trash talk” to other owners||11%|
|Listen to fantasy sports radio shows/ podcasts||8%|
Daily Fantasy Sports players participate in a wide array of sports throughout the year.
|FIGURE 6. How many days a month do you participate in daily leagues?|
|Sport||Average Days Played Per Month||Average Lineups on Days Played|
|Fantasy Racing (NASCAR)||3||3|
|Fantasy College Football||3||3|
|Fantasy Basketball (NBA)||3||2|
Fantasy sports players (age 18+) spend an average of $46 annually on fantasy sports materials.
|FIGURE 7. How much do fantasy sports players (age 18+) spend on materials per fantasy player?|
|Online Premium Website||$14|
|Fantasy Sports Magazines||$9|
|Draft Boards With Labels||$7|
|Cheat Sheets/Draft Kits||$6|