Nonprofit groups want NFL to stop marketing fantasy football to kids


A pair of nonprofit groups are imploring the National Football League to stop promoting fantasy football toward children.

According to Philip Marcelo of the Associated Press, the National Council on Problem Gambling and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood have authored a letter that will be sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday complaining that the NFL “aggressively marketed” fantasy football content at kids in various media platforms.

The league’s “NFL Rush Fantasy” game was pointed toward kids between 6-12 years of age with prizes award for the highest scores in a given week. The groups believe that such content could help spark gambling issues in kids and addictive tendencies to similar games.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy told the AP that parents had to provide consent for their kids to participate in the contests, but the nonprofit groups argued it was easily circumvented.

It would seem that the constant barrage of DraftKings and FanDuel commercials seen during nearly every broadcast on the NFL calendar last season may be a more direct promotion of gambling (whoops, “games of skill”) than any of the contests pointed at participation from kids in this complaint.

However, there is probably a point where a line could be crossed. Whether these contests and the subsequent complaint from a pair of nonprofit groups will change the NFL’s thinking is yet to be determined.

11 responses to “Nonprofit groups want NFL to stop marketing fantasy football to kids

  1. You know what makes things harder to circumvent? Having passwords on your devices, talking to them or ACTUALLY being parents and be aware of what your kids are up too…..then if they are doing something like this follow that up with explaining…

    Hey little Johnny, this is a lot like Fantasy Football, this doesn’t cost anything and you can find Numerous sites that will allow you to play for fun just like this, or you also can real money like in the family league or the work group league… but that can lead to gambling issues if you aren’t responible.

  2. Heavens forbid parents act like parents and become engaged with their what their children watch and learn through television. But let’s empower parents to become less responsible….

  3. We played fantasy football as kids BEFORE there was any online fantasy football sites. Hell, we used the USA TODAY for weekly stats.

    None of us who still keep in touch, have a gambling issue.

  4. I’ve been playing fantasy football since before it was “cool”. My Son has been in a league with a group of friends since they played Pop Warner together. Not all fantasy football is detrimental. Things didn’t start to get out of hand until these daily games came around.

  5. We need to stop confusing fantasy football and DFS (“daily fantasy”).

    The ENTIRE IDEA behind fantasy football was to be a “fantasy GM”, constructing teams in a league, acquiring players, and having to go through the ups and downs, just as in the actual NFL (or MLB or whatever).

    DFS ISN’T FANTASY FOOTBALL. It’s “daily player gambling”, and akin to horse racing, in which you do your best to stack the odds in your favor, but otherwise are subjected to the vagaries of small sample sizes. DFS has almost NOTHING to do with real fantasy sports, and to make matters worse, the objective in fantasy football is usually primarily (or in MANY cases, ENTIRELY) about winning, no $ involved, whereas almost the entire goal of DFS is making $.

    Fantasy football = GM simulation = harmless = good
    DFS = gambling on players = risky gambling activity with much be carefully monitored = not necessarily bad, but definitely different

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