Think your fantasy baseball skills are good enough to go pro? Yahoo is now offering “Pro” leagues where Fantasy Baseball players can now win real money playing fantasy baseball.
Yeah, you read that correctly. As long as you’ve got the stones to put up your own cash, you could win a little more than pride and a trophy this summer.
Yahoo Fantasy Sports is offering two different “Pro” packages. Pro20 leagues have a $20 entry fee with $100 to the winner, $50 for 2nd, and $20 for third.
Pro100 leagues have a $100 entry fee with $500 for first, $300 for second, and $100 for third.
Pro leagues are available in both Head-to-Head and Rotisserie formats and all leagues have the following settings. (See the full list of settings here.)
- All leagues are 12 team leagues
- 23 players / roster
- Offensive Stat Categories: Home Runs, Runs Batted In, Batting Average, Stolen Bases, Runs Scored
- Pitching Stat Categories: Wins, Saves, Earned Run Average, WHIP, Strikeouts
- Starting Roster: 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, C, OF, OF, OF UTIL, UTIL, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, P, P
Since Yahoo allows you to join an unlimited number of Pro leagues, fantasy ballballers are limited only by their time and financial resources. All leagues are public and players will be randomly assigned to a league and thus can’t sign up to play with friends. Winnings are paid only through Paypal. If you don’t have a Paypal account, Yahoo will get you set up using your email address. Yahoo serves as the commissioner of all leagues. Check their website for full details and rules on Yahoo Pro Leagues.
Are you considering joining a Yahoo Pro League, or have you already signed up? What are your thoughts on the fees and pay structure? Yahoo states that additional money goes to administrative costs, trade review, and paypal fees. This means Yahoo will keep $300 in fees for a PRO100 league and $70 for a PRO20 league. It’s not terribly unreasonable, but I’d prefer to see a little more cash going to the players.
Overall, I like that Yahoo is offering this Pro option. It should serve not only to make leagues more interesting but more competitive. I’m sure many of you have entered public leagues either with Yahoo, ESPN, or someone else, and found some of the players would lose interest very quickly. The hope would be that winning money will keep everyone’s interest much longer.
Category: Fantasy Baseball