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Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith to appear at fantasy football convention

By Jay Skurski

Fantasy football is big business.

With an estimated $1 billion in annual revenue, it's no surprise that more and more events are geared toward its participants.

Two of the all-time great Bills are involved with one such venture, as Jim Kelly and Bruce Smith will be in Atlantic City on Aug. 18 and 19 for the inaugural Fantasy Football Festival.

As many as 25,000 people are expected at the event at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Kelly and Smith will be joined by current Philadelphia Eagles Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy, along with former greats like Phil Simms, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Theismann, Ottis Anderson, Keith Byars and Chris Doleman.

Those in attendance can conduct their fantasy drafts live. Other events scheduled include: athlete and celebrity appearances, video game tournaments and free-play, interactive athletic competitions, sports memorabilia, a tailgate party and beer tasting.

Tickets and more information about the event can be found at this link.


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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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