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In 1980 a group of baseball enthusiasts met at a New York City restaurant called La Rotisserie. They created a game wherein they could “draft” Major League Baseball players onto imaginary teams, which would compete against each other using the players’ real-life game stats. This is widely regarded as the birth of fantasy sports as we know it. Today, fantasy sports is played by upwards of 32 million people in the U.S. and Canada and accounts for $3-4 billion in economic activity per year. While fantasy leagues exist for almost all major and semi-major sports, fantasy football has become easily the most popular. Temple of Aaron’s Rabbi Jeremy Fine interviewed a fantasy sports pioneer on personal sports site TheGreatRabbino.com. Below is his interview.
Sage Rosenfels, the fifth greatest Jewish quarterback of all time, has retired after 11 seasons.
While the ranks of Jewish basketball players continues to grow at both the high school and college level, the NBA bubble seems to have burst.
“While he never faced anti-Semitism at East Texas State, he was certainly the only Jewish student on the football team, if not the on the entire campus.”
Where does the Kevin Youkilis trade rank in the All-Time Jewish trades (Rabbi Fine’s move to Minnesota not included)?