Fantasy Sports Live is a fantasy sports website which allows players to enter contests based on one night’s action in any one pro sports league. You choose the sport, league, and type of contest you want to enter. To enter the contest, you pay an entry fee. If you win the contest, you receive price money in excess of the entry fee. Some FantasySportsLive.com contests include one-on-one play, while others including multiple players, all the way up to games with 10 players in them. In these cases, 2nd and 3rd place also win prize money.
In effect, Fantasy Sports Live lets someone who loves fantasy games to enter individual contests 365 days a year and place wagers on the outcome of a night’s sports action. Fantasy players who have only played in their local fantasy football league may not be familiar with websites like FantasySportsLive.com, so I wanted to give you a complete rundown on this type of gaming. First, let me spell out several reasons to like Fantasy Sports Live.
FantasySportsLive.com – Fantasy Sports Every Day of the Year
Most fantasy sports leagues last through one part of the year. If you join a fantasy football league, you’ll only be able to play about 4 months out of the year. If you include the month preparing for the draft and watching preseason games hoping to glean some sliver of information on that upcoming draft, the NFL gives you about 5 months of fantasy football in a year. Playing fantasy baseball, fantasy basketball, or fantasy NASCAR might give you longer seasons, but the fun still comes to an end at some point. Then you’ll have to find a new league to join involving some other sport. You can find fantasy games all year long, but that commits you to 4-8 months every single league you join, depending on the sport in question.
Fantasy Sports Live – Daily Contests
The daily contest is what appealed to me so much. While I enjoy playing in fantasy leagues of different sports, I don’t always want to be on the hook each time I decide to play fantasy sports. I don’t want to be the type of fantasy owner who joins and plays for a month, then loses interest, and puts the team on auto-pilot for the remainder of the season. That’s rude by the rules of fantasy sports etiquette, though with the length of seasons, it’s bound to happen in most leagues you join.
You don’t have to worry about that with Fantasy Sports Live. Every day is a completely different schedule of games. Every time you play, it’s a whole new contest. Results don’t carry over from one day to the next. Instead, you join a contest, pay your entry fee, pick a lineup, and wait for the results. When all the games are over that night, you immediately know who won and who gets paid. If you got clobbered, you get a clean slate the next day. If the star player you chose goes out for the season with a knee injury, you aren’t stuck with him the rest of the season. When you join contests the next day, you pick an all-new lineup and have an equal chance to win the money as everyone else.
Speaking about the money aspect of betting on fantasy sports online, that brings me to a question you might be wondering about right now: is Fantasy-Sports-Live legal?
FantasySportsLive.com – Legal Wagers
Yes, FantasySportsLive.com is absolutely legal in all 50 U.S. states. In fact, the most comprehensive anti-gambling law in recent United States history spells out in no uncertain language that betting on fantasy sports is legal. Because fantasy sports is a considered a “game of skill” instead of a “game of chance”, the contests at Fantasy Sports Live are not subject to the same gambling restrictions that many types of online betting are subject to in the wake of the 2006 UIGEA laws. Fantasy Sports Live is a perfectly legal way to play fantasy sports and make a little extra money placing wagers on the sports you love. The UIGEA has three exceptions to their gambling restrictions: horse racing, state lotteries, and fantasy sports. Therefore, betting on fantasy sports games is every bit as legal as placing a parimutuel bet on a horse race or buying lottery tickets at your local convenience store.
To make a contest a legal fantasy sports game instead of a standard bet on the outcome of a sports contest, the law says you have to include results from more than one game at a time. That’s why you’ll see the red letters telling you that your lineup isn’t legal yet when you first start filling out your lineup card, until you add a player from a second contest. So if the Dallas Cowboys are playing the Washington Redskins on Sunday, you can’t select only Cowboys and Redskins players (usually a bad idea, anyway). But if you make players from that contest 7 of your 8 starters and add the 8th starter from the Saints-Falcons game going on that same day, then you’ve submitted a legal lineup. It therefore becomes a fantasy football proposition instead of a sports bet. At Fantasy Sports Live, their fantasy sports software won’t be able to submit a lineup until you have players from multiple games in your lineup–so there’s no need to worry.
Fantasy Sports Live – New Competition Every Day
With the legal questions out of the way, you might be wondering who you play against at Fantasy Sports Live. Each day, new contests appear for that night’s games. When you sign up for one of those games, a new assortment of fantasy sports enthusiasts join the contest, until the number of contestants is filled up. Many of the contests involve 2, 6, or 10 players. So if you join a 6-player contest, any fantasy sports better who happens to be on the FSL site at the time might be your opponent that night.
You’ll run into many of the same contestants from one day to the next, though that’s less common these days than when FSL first started. With more people joining contests all the time, you won’t always get stuck playing the same people over and over. It’s not like your local fantasy baseball league, where you play the same 7-11 guys over and over, year in and year out. You get to test your fantasy sports skills against the gaming public at large.
That isn’t to say you can’t join contests with your friends, if that’s what you prefer. If you and your buddies want to play against one another, just log on at the same time, instant message each other which number contest you joined, and you should be able to all join the same contest at the same time. Either way, you’re matching your ability to predict pro sports against other sports betting amateurs like yourself.
About Fantasy Sports Live
Fantasy Sports Live went live in June of 2007, starting with a big list of fantasy baseball contests. NASCAR contests were added soon enough. As other professional sports leagues started up their seasons, FSL added contests involving their league: the NFL, the NHL, and the NBA. These days, you’ll find contest boards for Major League Baseball, NFL football, NBA basketball, NHL hockey, and the Sprint Cup Racing NASCAR season. Not all of these go all year long, but you can bet on games from the spring training and preseason schedules of these leagues (good luck with that).
Since its inception in 2007, Fantasy Sports Live went from having a few contests a night involving a few dozen fantasy sports owners to having large lists of contests with all sorts of lineup, scoring system, salary cap options, and entry fee levels. Some contests encourage new players, such as the “Less than 100″ contests that are so prominent on the site these days. If you haven’t been at the website long, you can join these contests and play against other people just learning this new form of an old game.
How Fantasy Sports Live Works
To get started at Fantasy Sports Live, you’ll need to register, which takes all of five minutes. Once registered, you can use either Paypal or a credit card to fill your account with funds. Once you have a bank roll, you can start entering contests. The Fantasy Sports Live home page gives you the list of the latest contests, along with key information you need to know before entering each contest. The layout is simple to read and doesn’t have a lot of complicated add-ons, so you get right to the business of betting.
Each contest listed includes the sport (indicated with a symbol), the ID number of the contest, the cost of entering, the name of the type of contest, the number of entries, the amount of prize money paid out, what kind of salary cap the contest uses, whether the contest is opened, closed, or completed, and when unopened contests begin. I’ll go over each of these features by themselves, to give you a better understanding of each. Most are fairly self-explanatory.
Which Games to Play at FantasySportsLive.com
The symbol for the sport tends to involve a depiction of the ball used, except for NASCAR. If you want to switch to another sport, simply click along the options at the top of the contest board. Each sport has its own link, including baseball, football, hockey, basketball, and racing.
Fantasy Sports Live Contest IDs
The contest identification system uses a five-digit number to classify each and every contest separately. You can search through the contests of the past by using these numbers, and you’ll be able to look through all the contests you’ve ever entered to see what your results were, the money you won, and how your opponents did.
Contest Entry Fees
The contest entry fees are listed on the homepage, so you can pick-and-choose which contests to enter according to the price level you want to pay at. Entry fee costs range from $1 to $266 in my experience. The fees I’ve seen include $1.00, $2.70, $5.40, $10.80, $21.60, $32.40, $54.00, $107.00, $213.00, and $266.00. This gives you a decent range of contests to enjoy. You can enter multiple contests at once, so you can either sink the night’s bankroll all into one game or into multiple different contests.
When you click on a contest, you still haven’t entered it. You can see a list of the teams involved (often 8 games from that league) and a few other details. At the top of this information are two can’t-miss prompts you’ll have to click on to enter a contests. One prompts lets you know about FSL’s general policies, while the second stipulates exactly how much you are going to pay to enter. This way, you would have to make a series of mistakes, including several clicks and one “enter”, to mistakenly enter a contest. In other words, it’s almost impossible for anyone paying attention. Please pay attention to what you’re agreeing to, because you cannot pull out of any contest you enter.
Contest Name Categories
The next piece of information you’ll notice includes different names like “Heads-Up Thursday”, “Wednesday Triple Challenge”, “Six Player Tuesday”, “Joe Speaker Special”, “Winner Take All”, “25 Player Friday”, and “Ten Player Sunday”. These change all the time, though most fall into the same pattern. You’re told which day the games in the contest are played, along with the general number of players in each contest. Six-player, ten-player, and 25-player contests are exactly that–you’ll have 5, 9, and 24 opponents to go up against. Many of the contests are heads-up. In fact, you’ll find a lot more one-on-one battles than you did in the early days of Fantasy Sports Live. The Triple Challenge is a three-way contests where you have to beat two opponents at once.
Number of Entries
Next to the contest names is a number corresponding to the number of entries. You’ll see numbers like “1 of 6″, “2 of 2″, and “3 of 10″. In each case, the first number indicates how many people have entered the contest, while the second number indicates how many total people can enter the contest. So a “2 of 2″ designation is filled, while a “1 of 6″ designation means only one person has joined and five more need to join before game time. Fantasy Sports Live wants all of their contests to fill up before the games start, because if they promise to give out a certain amount of prize money, but don’t fill the contest, they can take a loss on the contest. While the number of contests offered fluctuate from time to time, this indicates the FSL management trying to guess the number of contests they can fill. Most contests tend to fill up pretty fast.
Prize money is always listed on the home page and on the contest page. You’ll find that the prize money is always a little less than the amount taken in with entry fees (for full contests), so Fantasy Sports Live makes its money off what they would call in poker “the rake”. They host the contests and take a rake of the money wagered. All the rest goes back into prize money. Some of these contests are winner-take-all, including all heads-up contests, while many of the multiplayer games pay off for second and even third place contestants.
Fantasy Sports Live Salary Cap
Many of the contests at Fantasy Sports Live use a salary cap structure to introduce an additional level of strategy into their fantasy sports contests. The salary cap makes their fantasy baseball games (for instance) not only about your knowledge of baseball, but also about your ability to allocate resources to their maximum advantage. Anyone can choose Albert Pujols as their 1st baseman, but a player has to choose whether they want Pujols or Prince Fielder, who might cost $5 less under the salary cap. Each of the nine positions has its own salary structure, which includes starters and some backups. When injuries are a factor, that information is included next to a player in snippets like “15 Day DL” or “60 Day DL”.
Not all games employ a salary cap, though most of them do. Most fantasy sports players find this makes the game more challenging, because they can’t simply make out an all-star lineup of their favorite players, regardless of cost. In many ways, the salary cap balances the game the way a fantasy football draft weights teams in a fantasy football league. Of course, at FSL, everyone can choose to Jered Weaver as their starter when he’s on the mound, though that’s likely to cost you about half of your salary cap. I should mention that pitchers are hugely important at Fantasy Sports Live, so often about 40% to 50% of you salary cap will be blown on their services–so you better pick the correct guy. What keeps everyone from having the best player at every position is the salary cap. Again, if you don’t like using the cap, you can still find games on FSL that do not use it–but you might have to search for a while.
Open, Closed, and Completed Contests
“Open” contests on Fantasy Sports Live include those that players can still join. “Closed” contests are those that have filled up, but not started yet, much like when a book closes on a horse race. “Completed” contests are those fantasy games that have finished, so winners have been declared and payments paid up. Games that are “in progress” have started and are still developing. You can watch the points accumulate as you watch the games transpire on television.
The final piece of information is when a contest begins. The start time of any particular contests is when the first game in the set of listed games for that contest begins. Once a game starts, you won’t be able to make changes to your lineup involving players in that game.
Fantasy Sports Live Leaderboard
The FSL Leaderboard shows the number of wins people have posted in their careers playing fantasy sports on the site. You’ll find people like “Kaiseroll13″, who appears to have been betting on FSL since the 18th century, because he has over 12,000 victories to his name. No one else is within 8,000 wins of Kaiseroll’s all-time record. The leaderboard includes the Top 200 victors in the history of the website. You’ll need to win 110 contests (at present) to make the list.
The leaderboard should be an indication of how popular the game is with players. Fantasy Sports Live has attracted at least 200 fans of fantasy football, fantasy baseball, and their counterparts in other sport and inspired them to bet on enough contests to get 110 wins. That doesn’t count all the horrible players out there, all the players who play seasonally, and those who only play when they’ve fallen out of contention in their local fantasy football leagues.
That’s the greatness of Fantasy Sports Live: it makes every single day of the season just as important as the next. Those of us who have played fantasy sports long enough know that bad seasons happen. You can make brilliant picks at a fantasy draft and have the season go up in flames with two or three key injuries. Even if you have a fantasy juggernaut, you might play everyone on their best week of the season and still miss the playoffs. Or maybe you had everything wrong that season and your team just stunk. It happens. If you fall out of contention at any point in your season, but you want to be able to keep enhancing your sports entertainment through fantasy gambling, FSL lets you start over every Sunday (or every day in baseball season) and still have the games matter.