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Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association

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The Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association (FSGA), formerly the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, is a Middleton, Wisconsin-based trade group representing the fantasy sports and gaming industries, listing more than 200 member companies on its web site as of January 2017.[1] In 2019, the FSTA changed its name to the Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association with the change in U.S. law allowing states to enable sports betting.

Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association
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Legal statusTrade Association
HeadquartersMadison, Wisconsin
Region served
over 200 companies
Paul Charchian

Members range from small startups to large media corporations. Founded in 1998, the FSGA provides demographic data, annual conferences and collective action including lobbying to support the growth of fantasy sports and sports betting leagues.[2]


In 1997, CDM Fantasy Sports, a St. Louis, MO-based fantasy sports company invited competitors Sportsline, Prime Sports Interactive, Sports Buff Fantasy Sports, and Sporting News to St. Louis to discuss pending legislation that could severely limit the growth of the fantasy sports industry. Over the next year, the companies communicated without an official organization and tracked the legislation. In 1998, during a fantasy sports conference in Las Vegas hosted by Fantasy Insights, a meeting was organized to again discuss pending legislation and several other topics related to the industry. The representatives from CDM, Fantasy Insights, EA Sports, The Sporting News, and USFANS decided that it was time to create an official organization to help promote fantasy sports, and the Fantasy Sports Trade Association was born.[3] Carl Foster was president from 1999 to 2002. Greg Ambrosius was president from 2003 to 2006. Jeff Thomas was the president from 2006-2008. Paul Charchian took the helm in 2009, and remains the current president.

Demographic dataEdit

It's estimated by the Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association that over 57 million people in the U.S. and Canada played fantasy sports in 2015. Participation has grown over the years, though USA participation for 2015 is consistent with the past few readings. However, participation is up in Canada mostly due to hockey.ref>Smith, Ernie (1 September 2009). "The Association Helping to Drive Fantasy Football". Associations Now. Retrieved 5 June 2019.

A study conducted by the FSGA in 2016 showed 57.4 million people in the U.S. with the 2011 FSGA Study showing 35.9 million people in Canada played fantasy sports.[4] Participation has grown over 60 percent the past four years with 20 percent of males in the U.S. playing fantasy sports. That figure is up significantly from a 2006 FSGA study that estimated 19.4 million people in the U.S. and Canada played fantasy sports and 34.5 million people ever played fantasy sports.[5] A 2006 study showed 22 percent of U.S. adult males 18 to 49 years old, with Internet access, play fantasy sports. Fantasy sports is estimated to have a $3–$4 billion annual economic impact across the sports industry.[6]

The FSGA was the first organization to compile demographic surveys of the fantasy sports market starting in 1999.[citation needed] The first survey showed 29.6 million people age 18 and older play fantasy games, but that figure was reduced in later years when it was determined the survey also included people who play NCAA bracket pools, which are not the same as fantasy sports where individual players are picked.[7]


The FSGA holds two annual conferences each year - a summer conference, and a winter conference.

Legal issuesEdit

The FSGA has been at the forefront of the tension that has existed between fantasy sports companies and professional leagues and players associations over the rights to player profiles and statistics.[citation needed] The issue came to a head with the lawsuit of Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), MLB's Internet wing, vs. St. Louis-based CBC Distribution and Marketing Inc., the parent company of CDM Sports. When CBC was denied a new licensing agreement with MLBAM (they had acquired the rights from the baseball players' association) for its fantasy baseball game, CBC filed suit.

The FSGA filed a friend of the court brief in support of CBC arguing that intellectual property laws and so-called "right of publicity" laws do not apply to the statistics used in fantasy sports.[8] The FSGA also argued that if MLBAM won the lawsuit it would have a dramatic impact on the industry, which was largely ignored by the major sports leagues for years while a number of smaller entrepreneurs grew it into a multi-billion-dollar industry, and a ruling could allow the MLBAM to have a monopoly over the industry.

"This will be a defining moment in the fantasy sports industry," said Charlie Wiegert, executive vice president of CBC. "The other leagues are all watching this case. If MLB prevailed, it just would have been a matter of time before they followed up. Their player unions are just waiting for the opportunity."[9]

CBC won the lawsuit as U.S. District Court Judge Mary Ann Medler ruled that statistics are part of the public domain and can be used at no cost by all fantasy companies. "The names and playing records of major-league baseball players as used in CBC's fantasy games are not copyrightable," Medler wrote. "Therefore, federal copyright law does not pre-empt the players' claimed right of publicity."[10]

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision in October 2007. "It would be strange law that a person would not have a First Amendment right to use information that is available to everyone," a three-judge panel said in its ruling.[11]

Board of DirectorsEdit

The Fantasy Sports Trade Association is managed by an elected Board of Directors that hosts elections each year in February.

The board results are published here: | Current directors include:

Paul Charchian, President,

Peter Schoenke, Chairman,

Howard Kamen, Secretary, Gannett Co., Inc./USA TODAY

Brandon Loeschner, Treasurer, RubinBrown LLP

Stacie Stern, Executive Vice President, FanDuel

Nando Di Fino, The Athletic

Ian Epstein, PropSwap

Griffin Finan, DraftKings

Matthew Holt, U.S. Integrity

Scott Jensen, Milestone Entertainment

Thomas Knapp,

Michael Koval, National Football League

Dan Kustelski, Chalkline Sports

Guy Lake, Yahoo Fantasy Sports

Chad Millman, Action Network

Brian Musburger, VSiN

Digger Turnbull, XML Team Solutions

Kevin Vela, Vela Wood Law

Gavin Walters, Group

Adam Wexler, Performance Predictions

Christina McCoy, CAE, FSGA Executive Director, Ex-Officio Member

Hall of FameEdit

Beginning in 2000, the FSGA has honored past members and contributors to fantasy sports with induction into its Hall of Fame.

As of 2014, 17 men have been inducted into the FSGA Hall of Fame. They are:

  • 2000: Daniel Okrent, Inventor of Rotisserie Baseball
  • 2000: Glenn Waggoner, Editor, Rotisserie Baseball Handbook
  • 2000: Cliff Charpentier, Fantasy Sports Inc.
  • 2001: Greg Ambrosius, STATS, Inc.
  • 2001: John Dewan, STATS, Inc.
  • 2001: Charlie Wiegert, CDM Fantasy Sports
  • 2001: Bill James, Author and Sabermetrician
  • 2002: John Benson, Diamond Analytics Corporation
  • 2004: Peter Pezaris, Daedalus World Wide Corporation
  • 2006: Ron Shandler, Baseball HQ
  • 2011: Peter Schoenke,
  • 2011: Bill Winklebach, Founder, GOPPPL Fantasy Football League
  • 2011: Rick Wolf, Full Moon Sports Solutions
  • 2012: Matthew Berry, The Talented Mr. Roto
  • 2013: Paul Charchian, LeagueSafe
  • 2013: Glenn Colton, Dentons, U.S.
  • 2014: Rob Pythian, SportsData, LLC


  1. ^ . Retrieved 12 January 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Fantasy sports move into political arena". 19 October 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  3. ^ "FSGA History". Retrieved 27 July 2007. External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ Correia, Jay (23 April 2016). "Daily Fantasy Sports (published book)". Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Fantasy Sports Conference Demographic Survey Shows Continued Growth". PR Web. 2 August 2007. Retrieved 9 October 2007.
  6. ^ Dorman, Stephen (3 August 2006). "The fantasy football phenomenon". Agoura Hills Acorn. Archived from the original on 15 July 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2007.
  7. ^ Zillgitt, Jeff (28 February 2000). "We certainly live in a fantasy world". USA Today. Retrieved 28 July 2007.
  8. ^ "Fantasy leagues permitted to use MLB names, stats". ESPN. 8 August 2006. Retrieved 28 July 2007.
  9. ^ McCarthy, Michael (8 September 2006). "Fantasy leagues can use baseball stats". USA Today. Retrieved 28 July 2007.
  10. ^ "Fantasy leagues permitted to use MLB names, stats". ESPN. 8 August 2006. Retrieved 28 July 2007.
  11. ^ "Fantasy Sports Win Right to Player Names, Statistics". Bloomberg. 16 October 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2007.

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