The NFL Preseason is in full swing and “arm-chair” quarterbacks all over are preparing for their own season, the 2013 Fantasy Football season. Here's to hoping the amount of injuries that occur this year are minimal because without health insurance, the out-of-pocket costs could be significant.
According to a recent story published by NPR, Fantasy Football is the fourth most popular sport in the United States and more than 30 million people play it in the U.S. and Canada combined. In fact, 13 percent of Americans played it in 2012 with the strongest demographic residing in the 25-34 age group. Also, contrary to popular belief it’s not as gender dominated as many might assume. In 2009, 12% of Fantasy owners were women according to Yahoo Sports research while in 2012, that number climbed to over 20% of the participants.
To give these numbers some perspective, consider that a 2012 report by the Census Bureau indicated that nearly 45 million people or 15.7% Americans were without health insurance during the previous year. Of those, the biggest demographic was Americans between 25-34 years old with 28.4% of that age group without insurance according to CNN.
Long story short, it’s good thing that a relatively few number of injuries result from this "sport" because the United States has an awful lot of 25-34 year olds without health insurance playing fantasy football.