You don’t have to watch football on television too long this season to see the ads. Go online, select your fantasy team made up of real-life players and win millions. Easy, right?
Well … anyone with experience around hucksters could see through the sales pitch in a second. As people often pointed out to me when I lived in Las Vegas, they didn’t build those hotels and casinos off winners. And judging by how organized sports is jumping aboard the fantasy gravy train, there is a lot of money to be made out there from losers.
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Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist of the Deseret News. He has nearly 40 years experience as a reporter, editor and editorial writer in Oklahoma, New York City, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. He also has been an adjunct journalism professor at Brigham Young and Weber State universities.