HOW WE GOT HERE – The History that makes WinView Possible

Many don’t know that fantasy sports started with GOLF.  In 1955, Bill Winkenbach started a fantasy golf game with his friends.  Seven years later, in 1962, he was a minority owner of the Oakland Raiders and created the first ever fantasy football league, The Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League (GOPPPL).  They were the only known fantasy football league for seven years until a local bar in Oakland began proliferating fantasy football leagues in the area starting in 1969. 

In 1961, Hal Richman started a company called Strat-o-Matic and although the concept was not real-time performances and was based on dice rolls, it was largely the inspiration for fantasy baseball.  In 1962, William Gameson, a Harvard Professor, began giving Baseball Seminars. Many of the people responsible for the explosion of fantasy baseball attended those seminars including  Daniel Okrent, who invented a scoring system for...