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Wednesday, February 7, 2001
Fantasy Facts

ESPN.COM FANTASY GAMES generated more than two million signups for its games (premium fantasy and free) over the past 12 months. was the first Web site to offer fantasy leagues for all four major sports:

                    Fantasy Football (launched August 1995)

                    Fantasy Baseball (launched March 1996)

                    Fantasy Basketball (launched October 1996)

                    Fantasy Hockey (launched September 1997)

  •, along with (a member of the Network), co-hosts the only official NHL Fantasy Game on the Internet.

  • was the first Web site to offer Live Drafts, which enable team owners to draft players in real time, simultaneously with other owners within the same league. also introduced "Head-2-Head" competition to the Internet, enabling two particular team owners to face off against each other on a week-by-week basis.

  • All fantasy leagues provide team owners with unlimited free transactions. Fantasy Football team owners can make roster changes up to game time.

  • gives team owners a wealth of information to help them make well-informed decisions:

    Draft Day preparation guides
    Statistics packages, including Sortable Stats
    Exclusive Fantasy League columns
    Up-to-the-minute injury reports
    Chat rooms
    Analysis from experts and ESPN commentators
    Real-time in-game "GameCast" data feeds and ESPN's sport-specific studio shows (e.g., NBA 2Night, NFL 2Night, NHL 2Night and RPM 2Night) to track players' performances during games.

  • offers late season, mid-season and playoff versions to complement full- season leagues.

  • The standard price per team is $29.95; discounts are given to current fantasy players, annual subscribers to the ESPN Insider premium area, and buyers of multiple teams.

  • Sprint became the first sponsor of an premium game in July 1999 when it came on board for Fantasy Football.

    ... And's Free Games
  • also boasts the Tournament Challenge, a bracket game that mirrors the NCAA basketball tourney. Fans are asked to predict the winner of each game, from the first round through the championship. More than 590,000 people played the Tournament Challenge in 2000. Since its inception, the Challenge has been the largest tournament on the Internet.

  • Seven free games topped 100,000 players in 1999.

  • Some other free games include:

    Pigskin Pick 'em (an NFL game presented by Pizza Hut)
    College Pick 'em (college football)
    Bowl Pick 'em (college football, presented by Circuit City)
    Baseball Challenge (presented by Pizza Hut)
    British Open Challenge (presented By BUYGOLF)
    PGA Championship Challenge (presented By BUYGOLF)
    ESPY Challenge (presented by GM and Pennzoil)
    Gridiron Challenge (another NFL game presented by Visa)
    X Games Challenge (presented by Starburst)
    Beat The Swami (NFL Draft, presented by MBNA Visa)
    Super Bowl Over/Under
    ACC and Big Ten Challenge
    U.S. Open Challenge
    College Hoops Pick 'Em
    Pick 'n' Roll (NBA playoffs)
    Winter X Games Challenge
    NBA Draft Challenge
    NBA Triple Double Challenge
    Winter X Games Challenge

  • hosted more than 35 sponsored free games, and presented 50 consecutive sponsored games, in 1999.

    ... And EIG League Site Games
  • In addition to, ESPN Internet Group produces the official league sites of the NFL, as well as and Soccernet.