Even with many professional sports on a temporary hiatus, Madison based RotoWire continues to thrive in the fantasy sports realm during the pandemic.
RotoWire provides updates and news for fantasy sports to outlets like ESPN, Yahoo, and Fan Duels. Nearly 60 million people in the U.S. and Canada participate in a fantasy sport.
"Unfortunately we're completely dependent on another business," said Peter Schoenke, President and a co-founder of RotoWire. "If there's no sports, there's no fantasy sports."
During the summer, fantasy baseball is a popular option that RotoWire provides their services to. Baseball is the second most popular fantasy sport in the U.S. and Canada with an estimated 23 million players.
"If baseball is actually going to happen there's going to be a month or six weeks of people drafting and forming teams and figuring out just like they did in March," said Schoenke.
As many professional sports continue to make their return to their fields and courts, the fantasy scene is prepared. Playing in a fantasy sports league can be done with complete social distancing.
"Luckily people who play fantasy sports, they don't need to have fans in the stands," said Schoenke. "As long as the games are being played, and stats are being generated they can watch them on TV you can play fantasy sports."
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