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The growth of fantasy football has opened new economic opportunities for a variety of companies (Otto, Mets and Ensmenger 2011) and many have taken advantage of them. The question remains as to the impact of fantasy sports on actual sports leagues that gave rise to the fantasy experience. Drawing on reports from the popular press and academic research on the topic, a series of hypotheses is developed and empirically tested to determine how fantasy sports impacts the ticket and merchandise sales of the sports on which they are based as well as the impact of fantasy sports on the team specific loyalty of participants.
Smith, Robert H., "The Impact of Fantasy Football Participation on Ticket Sales, Merchandise Sales and Team Loyalty" (2012). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 6.