THE NFL wants teachers to use fantasy football to educate young students, according to a recent report.
The knee-jerk reaction, of course, is to scoff at what is surely a marketing ploy.
But upon further review, the idea has merit.
Mark Waller, the chief marketing officer of the NFL, told the Wall Street Journal that the league is interested in helping improving students' math skills.
"It's a complex game, fantasy," said Waller. "You should be able to learn a lot, particularly around math. How many points do I need? How many points does this player get? We're also trying to work with groups to get the concept of fantasy based into the curriculum of elementary schools. If you love football and you teach them math through football, the chances are you may teach them better math and more quickly."