Millions of fantasy football players were left in the dark shortly after the early NFL games kicked off on Sunday thanks to a system wide crash of ESPN’s fantasy site. Players trying to view their teams, make lineup changes, track stats, and check the scores of their match ups were unable to do so for much of Sunday’s opening action.
The site seems to have bounced back for now, but for a few hours fantasy players were left in the dark ages — they actually had to track their players’ stat lines themselves. As you can imagine, players were not shy about taking to social media to express their displeasure with ESPN’s service as they impatiently waited to access their teams. Even a sitting U.S. Senator voiced her concerns.
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) September 11, 2016
ESPN acknowledged the problem around 2 p.m. EST, but for many players it was already too late.
We are aware of the current technical difficulties. We apologize for the inconvenience & are working to resolve the issue ASAP.
— ESPN Fantasy Sports (@ESPNFantasy) September 11, 2016
@ESPNFantasy switching to yahoo
— Kyle Steinberg (@ksteinberg29) September 11, 2016
— Justin Hardie (@OrangeHardie) September 11, 2016
The outage extended from the mobile fantasy app to the online site itself. Even ESPN’s fantasy baseball service was briefly inactive on Sunday.
If our Twitter poll is any indication, ESPN is the preferred fantasy provider for approximately 43 percent of players. In October of last year, the company said it had 7.1 million unique users of its fantasy football app, and that number has surely grown since then.
With nearly 4,000 votes, Yahoo fantasy edges ESPN by 1% in our 3 way poll. I would have guessed ESPN +6-10%. pic.twitter.com/ICcqxykj3n
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) September 8, 2016
Service resumed in a limited capacity around 4 p.m. EST, right in time for the late afternoon slate of games, but ESPN did not give the all clear until 6:33 p.m.
.@ESPNFantasy is restored. We will continue to monitor. The issue did not impact data for teams, leagues or rosters. We sincerely apologize.
— ESPN (@espn) September 11, 2016
If you lost this weekend’s match up, don’t worry you weren’t alone. ESPN also started the season 0-1.