Among American and British football fans there is a popular competition known as Fantasy Football, where wannabe managers choose virtual teams that are made up of actual football players.
These teams compete against each other, with the statistics published online so that the ‘managers’ can see how they are doing with their bets. (Money appears to be involved.)
The idea of creating something of value from real elements is one of the reasons ETFs, exchange traded funds, are so popular as investment vehicles. An investment bank picks a few representative stocks in a sector, bundles them together and voila: you can sink money into your favorite team.