Fantasy Sports Network is the first TV channel dedicated exclusively to the coverage of fantasy sports. Launched in the spring, the channel has limited distribution in the United States and Canada. But it took a big step toward expanding its profile this week by bringing aboard Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving.

Through his company, Dr. J. Enterprises, Erving will serve as strategic adviser.

As the Philadelphia Inquirer put it, Erving's mission to help Fantasy Sports Network "gain coverage with video giants like Comcast, DirectTV and AT&T, and marketing partnerships with pro leagues and advertisers."

Fantasy Sports Network does not offer fantasy games. Rather, its mission is to serve the growing industry of fantasy sports by providing content and analysis.

The company's decision to add Erving speaks to the growth potential of basketball within fantasy sports. Baseball established roots early from the days when this sort of activity was known as rotisserie leagues. Football has since become the behemoth.

But particularly with more companies offering shorter-term options instead of having to play for an entire season, basketball become attractive becomes it has an inventory action. Each NFL team plays just 16 games while it's 82 for NBA clubs.

In fantasy football, winning sometimes means losing. There's nothing worse than having players pulled -- or worse, having your quarterback hand off the ball as his team runs out the clock -- when your fantasy team is in desperate need of points.

But how about losing on a victory formation kneel-down? Such a nightmare is reality for one unfortunate fan. TYT Sports tells the story.

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An estimated 20 percent of participants in fantasy football are women, and that figure is likely to grow in the coming years. Football in general has been building a stronger female fan base the past decade, and fantasy in particular is often a chance for women to add another shared experience their significant other. Here's a closer look:

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw played a year of high school football while growing up in Texas, but decided after his freshman season to focus on baseball. Despite his strong arm, Kershaw was the center rather than quarterback, which wasn't a bungled coaching move since the team had Matthew Stafford taking the snaps.

Stafford, the No. 1 overall in the 2009 NFL draft, threw 41 touchdown passes for the Lions in 2011. But Kershaw said he wasn't going to burn an early-round draft pick in his fantasy football draft just to grab his old buddy from Highland Park High School in Dallas. Where would he take him? Check out his analysis:

Penalty calls have skyrocketed during the preseason, and one of the NFL's marquee players thinks the league has ulterior motives for the increase in flags.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who has never been afraid to voice his opinion, says the NFL has fantasy football players in mind with new rules designed to reduce illegal contact by pass defenders and defensive holding in the secondary. Through two weeks of the preseason penalties were up 44 percent from last year.

In an interview with NBC’s Josh Elliott that aired on Sunday Night Football, Sherman ties the increase in penalties with the NFL's drive for money.

"When the fantasy football numbers need to be what they need to be, the league needs to do what it needs to do to get it done," Sherman says. "This is a money-driven league. Whatever sells the tickets is gonna sell the tickets.”

While the idea that the NFL would implement a set of rules to enhance fantasy football seems questionable, Sherman may be on to something here. The new regulations are expected to significantly benefit offenses, which will lead to higher scoring games and more interesting fantasy football matchups. So while the crackdown may not be specifically tied to fantasy football, the game and its players will surely be affected.

Sherman and the Seahawks' defensive backfield is coming off of one of the most dominating Super Bowl performances in history. The group, which calls itself the "Legion of Boom," shut down Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos' high powered offense in a 43-8 blowout.

Despite the belief that the new rules, which may make pass interference calls more common, are targeting defensive backs, Sherman says the level of penalties will return to normal by the time the season starts. With Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning on the docket for the Seahawks in the first three weeks of the season, Seahawks fans better hope their star cornerback is correct in his assumption.

The Manning Brothers hip-hop duo is back. As they did a year ago, Peyton and Eli Manning take the big YouTube stage with a DirecTV promo video. This year, the single is "Fantasy Football Fantasy."

This year's ad promotes DirecTV's new Fantasy Zone Channel, a channel devoted to fantasy football. While the Mannings donned wigs on Bourbon Street in 2013, this year's video features more of a gangster rap-style in front of an expensive house. Jets running back Chris Johnson, Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath and Giants offensive linemen Justin Pugh, William Beatty and Chris Snee (who has since retired) make cameos. Spoiler alert: So does Archie Manning.

Again, the world gets to experience another side of Peyton and Eli Manning. Aside from their on-field accolades–the duo has combined for five Super Bowl appearances and three titles–the quarterback brothers can have fun on screen. If this is an annual thing, no one will complain.

For reference, here is last year's "Football on your Phone."

You already knew Jamaal Charles had a good day against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. The Kansas City Chiefs star racked up more than 50 points thanks to four receiving touchdowns, 195 receiving yards and one rushing score.

But just how good was Charles' day, from a fantasy perspective?

According to ESPN's Tristan H. Cockcroft, Charles' monster performance put him in the top 10 for players since the NFL started using detailed box scores in 1960. Of course, back then there was not fantasy football, but point totals can be tallied by combing through box scores.

The top mark belongs to Gale Sayers, who scored six touchdowns (four receiving, one rushing and one on a punt return) in Week 13 of the 1965 season. Sayers, a rookie, would have scored 55 points for his fantasy owners that day.

Clinton Portis' five-touchdown, 218 yard performance against the Chiefs in Week 14 of the 2003 season is second followed by Jim Brown's 242 yard and four touchdown day on Week 10 of the 1961 season.

Making Charles' performance even more epic is that he did it in the fantasy playoffs, essentially willing his owners to victory. Grantland's Bill Barnwell notes Charles' game was the third best in the fantasy playoffs of the last 53 years.

Portis' game was also in the fantasy playoffs, as was Corey Dillon's four-touchdown, 246-yard performance in Week 15 of the 1997 season.

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Of all the celebrities who would be fantasy football junkies, Daniel Radcliffe doesn't seem like he'd be at the top of the list.

Nothing against Radcliffe, who starred as Harry Potter in all eight Harry Potter films, but he doesn't exactly fit the profile of a huge NFL fan. He was born in England and is not one of those celebrities (think Ashton Kutcher or LeBron James) who seems to be always popping up on the sidelines of NFL games.

So we were quite surprised when, in an interview with the New York Times, Radcliffe professed his love for fantasy football. And he's not just your average "I-check-my-league-once-a-week" player, he is a non-stop gamer who has even named his team after Barkevious Mingo's mother.

Radcliffe told the New York Times that he probably knows the name of ever starter in the NFL, and he says he reserves his Sundays strictly for football. And as for his team name, well, like the rest of the country he is enamored with one Cleveland Browns rookie.

"Um, my team name is Barkevious Mingo’s Mum,"Radcliffe says. "I just think Barkevious Mingo is the greatest name I’ve ever heard, and the fact that his mum invented that name is also amazing. And in that league I have the Cleveland defense as well, and they had an amazing game the other day against Buffalo, so I’m incredibly grateful to the Cleveland defense, Barkevious Mingo and his mother."

Radcliffe says he has an easier time being an objective fantasy football player because he has no natural NFL loyalty. Still, he has become a huge New York Giants fan, to the point where he has perhaps a little too much confidence in his team. Last week he told the New York Times that he still thinks the winless Giants have a chance to make the playoffs.

(H/T to Larry Brown Sports)

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Fantasy Football season is almost upon us, and owners across the country will do just about anything to make sure they've got the best squad in their league.

One man, however, took his dedication to another level.

Elika Sadeghi tweeted this photo of a man finishing up his fantasy draft at a movie:


Sadeghi spoke to the man after the movie, and he spilled the details about his situation:



They say relationships are about compromises, and there are few better examples of that axiom than this couple.

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Next week, NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth has more than a few things off the track to do: He has a NASCAR Contenders’ Live event at Chicago’s Navy Pier where he will join the other top 12 drivers on stage to answer fans’ questions. He has to continue to strategize about how to get his speed back for the upcoming stretch of the Sprint Cup Chase. And, like millions of other of fantasy-football obsessed fans, he has to get prepared for his fantasy football draft. After all, Kenseth, who plays in a Keeper League with some of the guys from his garage, his family and a few friends of his is out to claim the crown this year.

"I finished second (last year),” he said. “I was going to win the Super Bowl. I had Matt Ryan and Julio Jones and that was great, but I was playing against Roddy White, so I kind of lost it.

Kenseth won't give away any of his tips -- after all, he's doing the draft in a few days and doesn't want to tip off any of his opponents. But he's far from the only pro athlete playing fantasy sports.

At the NFL Network media event, Marshall Faulk said he's been playing since his days when he was actually back on the field. He was in a league with a few of his teammates and some friends, who saw it as their chance to finally beat him in something. "It's their opportunity to prove they’re better at football than me, because they can't really get on the field," he said.

Now older and wiser he says his secret strategy lies in a revamped player SAP player comparison tool, which he believes helps fantasy players make more informed choices. He’s putting his money the Rams’ Tavon Austin ("a human highlight") and Sam Bradford and the Jets’ new running back Chris Ivory.

"The Jets are going to have to run the football to control the clock,” he advised. "I think Geno Smith will win the starting quarterback job and with a young quarterback that’s what you have to do. He’ll touch the ball maybe 300, 350 times this year and probably rush for 1,400 yards if he stays healthy. Probably put up 12-15 touchdowns."

Michael Irvin didn't want to tip off his fantasy football opponents, but offered the following:

"I'll give you this tip and I think it will be interesting to watch -- especially early on in the season, I don't think Tom Brady should be drafted as high as Tom Brady’s usually be drafted,” he said. “It’s not that I’m doubting Tom Brady’s ability to do what he does because he’s one of the best to ever do it. But I’m looking at the team on a whole. This team is doing such an incredible job of adjusting to what they need to do to win games and all along after the first few years all of that came through Tom Brady throwing the ball … but it looks like for now, it's going to be more of a running team until Tom gets his legs back. So it's going to be interesting.

After all, with Wes Welker gone and Danny Amendola hurt, Irvin pointed out, at least one of the quarterback's favorite targets is in question. "So I don't know if Tom Brady's worth it," the retired running back said, "... not that he's not a great quarterback ... but for fantasy it's just a different situation."

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