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SGE401 - Introduction to the Fantasy Sports Industry

The fantasy sports industry has changed tremendously. From its humble roots in rotisserie baseball, fantasy sports have now evolved into a billion-dollar industry with more than 50 million players worldwide. This course, developed in partnership with the Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association (FSGA) and led by industry experts from RotoWire, FanDuel, and Monkey Knife Fight, offers a 360° perspective on the evolution of the fantasy sports industry and the factors that led to, and sometimes hamper, the growth of this market.

Peer into the history of fantasy sports and discover how it became the powerhouse that it is today. Discover the major players in the industry, business models, and how fantasy sports compare to legalized sports gambling. Realize the regulations and oversight that shape the industry and gain a perspective on stakeholders that comprise the fantasy sports world.

SGE401 “Introduction to the Fantasy Sports Industry” is available for purchase in May of 2021, and is the first online course in a series of fantasy sports education courses from the FSGA and Ohio University. Graduates of this course will receive a certificate from Ohio University’s AECOM Center for Sports Administration and College of Business. Future courses launching Summer 2021 include SGE402 “Interpreting Fantasy Law, Compliance, and Regulations”, and SGE403 “Analyzing Positions of Fantasy Sports Operators”. Students who complete all three of these courses earn a Master Certification in Fantasy Sports from Ohio University.

Course Overview & Modules

SGE401: “Introduction to the Fantasy Sports Industry” is divided into six modules that cover the birth of fantasy sports and its growth into an omnipresent industry that today attracts everyone from casual sports fans to professional fantasy sports players. Three industry experts lead this course: Peter Schoenke, President and Co-founder of RotoWire; Stacie Stern, Director of Government Affairs at FanDuel; and Nic Sulsky, President of Monkey Knife Fight. All three are board members of the Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association. Their discussions will be shared in closed captioned-videos, audio-only podcasts, and written transcriptions of the video lectures. In addition, you will also be able to review downloadable PDFs, visual resources and reading materials.

1. The History of Fantasy Sports

Topics discussed include the individuals who have had a major impact on the 'birth' of fantasy sports, early industry leagues that were responsible for shaping the formation of the industry, and legislative actions that have had a major impact.

2. The Diverse Landscape of Fantasy Sports

Fantasy Sports is a booming industry. The industry has grown exponentially over the last decade, with more people joining each year than ever before. It's not just a fad anymore - it's an established market that provides entertainment to millions of people every day. With the rise of people, different businesses and types of games emerge. This section covers some of those diverse types of games offered in fantasy sports, from season-long leagues to daily contests and everything in between. Discover some of the significant players that shape the industry, including taking a closer look at FanDuel and Monkey Knife Fight.

3. Fantasy Sports: Business Models & Innovations

Fantasy sports has seen tremendous growth over the years. Throughout that history of expansion, different business models and innovations have influenced the industry, and some are even changing the face of fantasy sports today. In this section, you will discover some of the most popular business models in fantasy sports and how they have been innovated for a better user experience. Investigate the different ways operators try to couple that positive user experience with creating and sustaining a healthy business in a varied regulatory landscape.

4. Fantasy Sports is Not Sports Gambling

Fantasy sports is a game of skill, not sports gambling. The two different types of industry are often compared and confused because the mechanics are often misunderstood. This section breaks down how both operate and the regulations surrounding them to better inform individuals on the differences between sports wagering and fantasy sports.

5. Regulating Fantasy Sports

The Fantasy Sports industry has been a hot market for the past decade. But the regulatory environment that it operates in remains ambiguous and disjointed, which can lead to problems. In this section, discover how the regulation of fantasy sports applies to players and business owners and how federal legislation in 2006 helped shape the regulatory landscape today.

6. Fantasy Sports Regulations: Protections & Pitfalls

It's time to take a closer look at how operators do business in the world order of fantasy sports. This view will give you a closer look and the behind-the-scenes perspectives of fantasy sports operators. Explore how fantasy sports operators have changed over time and what challenges they face, and how they can continue innovating and satisfying their customers.

Course Title: SGE401 Introduction to the Fantasy Sports Industry

Instructor(s): Peter Schoenke, Stacie Stern, Nic Sulsky (FSGA Board Members)

Format & Length: Self-Paced, 6 Modules, 8 Hours

Instructional Video: 13 Videos, 90 Minutes

Course Resources: Videos, Podcasts, Closed Captioning, Lecture Transcriptions, Articles, PDF Guidebook, Interactive Activities

Credential Earned: Certificate of Completion from Ohio University's AECOM Center for Sports Administration

Price: $1,325

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“We are actively trying to work with legislatures, regulators, industry experts, accountants, lawyers, to help them educate about the industry because we want to do this the right way.”
- Peter Schoenke, Rotowire Founder & President, FSGA Board Member


Earn a certificate from Ohio University’s AECOM Center for Sports Administration for completing each course and a Master Certificate for achieving all three. Complete your coursework anywhere in the world with EDLumina’s online education platform. Each class features high-quality video lectures and activities, interactive assessments, downloadable resources, and functionality on any computer or smart device. Certification from our Fantasy Sports program prepares you for future challenges related to the fantasy sports industry and demonstrates your commitment to integrity, compliance, and responsible operations.

Course #1:
SGE401 Introduction to the Fantasy Sports Industry

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Course #2:
SGE402 Interpreting Fantasy Sports Law, Compliance, and Regulations

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Course #3:
SGE403 Analyzing Positions of Fantasy Sports Operators

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Start the enrollment process now by creating your own SGE student account. Once your account is created, you will have the ability to purchase single courses or course bundles and start your course today.

Certificates achieved in the SGE Program are not credit-bearing and may not be applicable towards degree programs at Ohio University or other institutions of higher learning.
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