Emil Kadlec Biography | Fantasy Football

By Emil Kadlec
Emil Kadlec

Mr. Emil Kadlec serves as the President of Fantasy Sports Publications, Inc, the largest publisher of Fantasy Football magazines, which started publishing in 1990. Fantasy Sports Publications distributes over 500,000 copies of four Fantasy Football magazines annually. Also was the first fantasy service to forecast player stats and fantasy points starting in 1990.

He is also co-founder of the World Championship of Fantasy Football (WCOFF) which had its inaugural draft in 2002, the original high-stakes Fantasy contest, which spawned a whole new industry. And followed that up with the WCOFB, the first high-stakes Fantasy Baseball contest in 2003. The WCOFF was the inaugural winner of the Matthew Berry "Game Changer" award in 2018.

In 1992 he started a fantasy football radio show locally on Sunday nights and is a co-founder of the FootballDiehards.com radio show on the SIRIUS/XM fantasy channel.

He started FootballDiehards.com website in 1996 (fspnet.com) which has been a leader in fantasy football information and tools to help managers draft and manage their teams through the season. Emil is a co-founder and vice president of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and was inducted into the FSWA writers Hall Of Fame and was a six-year board member of the Fantasy Sports trade Association, FSTA.

Emil created the Draft Master style (Best Ball) fantasy football leagues/contests when he was a member of FanEx in 1998. Best Ball fantasy has now become a mainstream format.

Emil is also a co-founder of the Fantasy Football World Championships (FFWC) and created Fantasy Nation's unique national manager rankings.

One of his latest projects was to create a Fantasy Sports Pioneer historical video series. This is a major project to record videos of the people who created the hobby and industry of fantasy sports.


Emil was inducted into the Fantasy Sports and Gaming Association Hall of Fame in 2021. See video acceptance speech.


Emil has a Masters degree, in Electrical Engineering and is a co-author of one patent. He and his wife Maria are working on a book about southwestern Indian pottery. Part of his diverse personality flaws is enjoying challenges. Currently, Emil and Maria are attempting to grow blueberries in a desert environment - looks like the desert is winning at this point. However, we had a nice crop in 2020 and are catching up with the Desert.


Also an OLD chess player from around 1969 - 70. Phil Rodriguez taught me to play the game and I ended up playing for my high school chess team. We took 2nd place in the city tournament my senior year. I have loved the game for decades and I wish I have more time to play!



Emil Kadlec Citations & References



Prestigious, Inaugural Winner of the Matthew Berry Game Changer Award for WCOFF Event

Matthew Berry Game Changer Award for WCOFF Event Video

Emil Kadlec interviewed about the Matthew Berry Game Changer Award

FSWA HOF Inaugural class

Fantasy Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame


Best Publication - Football Diehards Magazine 2016 & 2017

Best Publication - Football Diehards Pro Forecast Magazine 2013

Best Publication - Football Diehards CheatSheets Magazine 2010


Fantasy Football Associations and Community Support

Vice President of Fantasy Sports Writers Association


FullTime Fantasy Football Hall of Fame Induction

Dun and Bradstreet - Fantasy Sports Publications, Inc


Lenny Pappano - Reference owner

Fantasy Football World Championships acquisition - Referenced

The Fantasy Sports Association Board of Directors

The Fantasy Sports Writers Association - Founder and Hall of Fame Inductee

Gary Davenport 2013 Web Article of the Year Award - referenced






Committed: Confessions of a Fantasy Football Junkie By Mark St. Amant - Quoted

American History Through American Sports: From Colonial Lacrosse By Danielle Sarver Coombs, Bob Batchelor - Interviewed


Wrote with wife and donated to the library.
Special Collections: translation of New Mexico Marriages - Pueblo y Mission de San Ildefonso 1725-1880



Interview with Lenny Pappano, co-Owner WCOFF.com - Quoted
Emil Kadlec - interviewed about history of fantasy football

Interviewed about the WCOFF Event

Fantasy Football The Next Level: How to Build a Championship Team Every Season By David Dorey - quoted

Fantasy Football and the First Fifty Years - quoted





KOAT TV's Shellye Leggett interviews Emil Kadlec & Bill Robertson


Emil Kadlec Interview on CNBC TV by Scott Wapner




FullTime Fantasy Podcast with Dennis and the Matt's

Fantasy Football Diehards Weekly Podcasts

Fantasy Football Roundtable with Emil Kadlec

Red vs Blue Friday Night Football - Emil Kadlec reveals the 2010 High Stakes Football Manager Rankings

Football Diehards founder Emil Kadlec stops by to discuss the upcoming week 10 NFL games.

Scott Atkins Hosts - The FFWC w/ Emil Kadlec & Ian Ritchie

Red vs Blue Friday Night Football - Special Guest Emil Kadlec





SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio Football Diehards Show





Best Ball All-Stars League

FFToday Expert's Auction Draft

Bleacher Report - Quote and Reference of Emil Kadlec

NFL.com experts draft with Expert Emil Kadlec

Huddle expert auction league: 12 team - with Expert Emil Kadlec



Social Media

Linkedin Biography

Football Diehards Twitter

Fantasy Nation Twitter

Football Diehards Facebook

Fantasy Nation Facebook




Pro Forecast Magazine - Editor-In-Chief


Cheat Sheet Magazine - Editor-In-Chief





Fantasy Pros - Emil Kadlec

World Heritage Encyclopedia

Pro Forecast Magazine - Editor-In-Chief

Living in the NFL’s Fantasy World

Charlie Wiegert Fantasy Sports Pioneer - interview by Emil Kadlec

Article reference - Emil Kadlec Godfather of the industry after starting the World Championship

High-Stakes Contest - reference

Fantasy Sports Pioneers interviewed by Emil Kadlec



co-owner of Football Diehards

Fantasy Nation CEO

San Ildefonso Pueblo, The People, The Pottery, The Painting