Fantasy football is male dominated. Is that on purpose?

September 11, 2018

Fantasy football is male dominated. Is that on purpose?

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Fall means fantasy football pools in offices across the country.

Coworkers can compete in a lighthearted way, network and build a team mentality.

But like so many other workplace rituals, women remain in the minority — sometimes, not because they want to be.

About 33 million people played fantasy football in 2014, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association numbers, cited by Forbes. About 19 percent of those players were women.

More women are joining the game. Of the 59.3 million people who played fantasy football in the United States and Canada in 2017, about 29 percent are women, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

One 20-something woman told me she was excluded from her all-male office fantasy football league because she’s a woman. She had already researched teams, and come up with a clever name. She spent the rest of the season listening to fantasy football inside jokes and references, unable to participate in the company team building.

The next year she was invited to join, but told me because of her gender, she felt like she had to prove that she should be included. 

That’s a problem.

The NFL players may all be men, but women should be welcomed into a fantasy league.

What do you think? Do you play fantasy football?

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