Raiders created world's first-ever fantasy football league in 1962

Las Vegas Review-Journal
NBC Sports BayArea

It was called the Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League - GOPPPL for short.

It was the first fantasy football league. It was founded in 1962 (and still exists today) during a dreary road trip to New York by Raiders front office staff, personnel and beat writers.

Bob Blum, a longtime Las Vegas broadcaster and executive with the Stars and 51s, was one of the league's founding fathers. Blum was the Raiders' play-by-play voice during their formative years in Oakland.

His picks in the inaugural GOPPPL draft included Frank Gifford, Bart Starr and former Raiders Tom Flores, Art Powell and George Blanda, though Blanda played for the Houston Oilers at the time.

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