NFL wants fantasy football added to school curriculum

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) under pressure during the second quarter against...

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) under pressure during the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports)

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Looking for a new way to get your kids to pay attention in math class?

NFL Chief Marketing Officer Mark Waller says the league is trying to come up with ideas to get young people excited about the NFL.

And one concept they’re looking at is teaching fantasy football in elementary schools.

“We want to make sure that at the younger age, there’s a format for fantasy and a way to play that will allow you to engage, but also use it educationally,” Waller told The Wall Street Journal. “We’re also trying to work with groups to get the concept of fantasy based into the curriculum of elementary schools.”

Waller also said he sees lots of educational value in fantasy football.

“It’s a complex game, fantasy,” he added. “You should be able to learn a lot, particularly around math.

“If you love football and you teach them math through football, the chances are you may teach them better math and more quickly.”

Currently around 30 million people play fantasy football every year, but the NFL always sees room for improvement.

The NFL regular season kicks off Sept. 4 between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks.

 


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