The big money flowing in fantasy football competitions was again much in evidence this week when the FanDuel World Fantasy Football Championships concluded at a luxury hotel in San Diego, with the winner taking home $3 million and two runners-up rewarded a million dollars apiece.
To compete in the finals players won one of 120 qualifying leagues held throughout the football season on FanDuel.com. Each qualifying league winner won a San Diego trip package that included airfare, transportation, a three-night stay at the Manchester Grand Hyatt and a minimum prize of $20,000.
The Championship created a $12 million prize pool, with the top honours and money taken by Roman Edmond (43), an IT worker and admitted DFS grinder from Washington DC who said his big win will enable him to further develop in the daily fantasy sports industry. His prize was presented by football Hall of Famer and FanDuel investor, Joe Montana.
When asked what he would do with the money, Edmonds replied, “I want to get more into DFS. This money gives me the opportunity to be more vocal and an ambassador for the game.”
In related news, the recent furore in the United States over the legality of daily fantasy sports may have caused alarm bells to ring in Canada, where there is also a large daily fantasy sports community.
A recent article in the publication National Post quotes the vice president of the Canadian Gaming Association, Paul Burns, as opining that Canadian lawmakers should focus on clarifying gambling laws following the events currently unfolding in the United States.