LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Have you ever wished you could go to school to study fantasy football? It may seem like a ridiculous idea, but the NFL wants to make it a reality.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, NFL Chief Marketing Officer Mark Waller discussed the NFL's vision to get kids excited about football at the professional level. He opines that teaching children about fantasy football would be a way to boost the already sky-high interest in the sport.
In a quote from the WSJ interview, Waller says,
"We want to make sure that at the younger age, there's a format for fantasy and a way to play that will allow you to engage. But also use it educationally. It's a complex game, fantasy. You should be able to learn a lot, particularly around math. How many points do I need? How many points does this player get? We're also trying to work with groups to get the concept of fantasy based into the curriculum of elementary schools. If you love football and you teach them math through football, the chances are you may teach them better math and more quickly."
It is certainly an interesting idea, but it remains to be seen how seriously the public would take this proposal. Would parents and teachers really believe that a game, played by adult men and women around the country as a betting/ bragging rights platform, be a valuable tool in educating the American youth in basic math skills?
Original story from USA Today Sports: http://on.kthv.com/VQFRhZ