charliebrown327 wrote:I think this is turning into a mixup in semantics. If by "gambling" you mean paying to engage in a game of skill and chance with a cash prize as the reward, yes, fantasy football pay leagues are gambling, on par with playing the horses. It is a game of skill--you research about how the horse has done and how good the jockey is or what kind of offense the player is in and if his line got better or worse over the offseason or whatever, to try to give yourself the best chance of winning the money. It is a game of chance--you bet on the can't-miss favorite, watch him jump to a big lead, and he pulls up lame halfway through the race; think Priest Holmes. This definition of gambling was the one intended in the original post.
A generalized definition of "gambling" exists: taking risky action for possible reward. It mirrors the monetary aspect of gambling (putting money in jeopardy for the sake of possible gain). Of course, the playing of fantasy football regularly calls for this kind of gambling. When you decide whether or not to play Chris Brown when you know "questionable" means he'll either sit out or, just as likely, go for 115 and 2, you gamble. When you take a non-RB in the first round, you gamble that he'll be worth it (and that you'll still be able to field a decent RB corps). However, playing free fantasy football is not gambling, because you are not risking anything by playing free fantasy football.
Nicely put, but YOU'RE WRONG! winning is everything whether it's for money or bragging rights, you don't play to loose, or maybe you do. Hey I have spot open in of my leagues.