Users panic as ESPN’s fantasy football app website crashes for hours on day one of NFL games

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No, it’s not just you – ESPN’s Fantasy Football app and website is down.

On the first Sunday of the 2016-17 NFL season, ESPN experienced “technical difficulties” with its fantasy football app and website. The problems started just as Sunday’s games kicked off at 10 a.m. PT. At 12:50 p.m. PT, the problems persisted. Users couldn’t access their team rosters or see updated scores.

Here’s a tweet from ESPN at 11:00 a.m.:

And at 1:00 p.m. PT, just before the afternoon games kick off:

We have reached out to ESPN for more details on the issues and will update this post when we have a response.

Update, 3:30 p.m. PT: The app and website are back for me, and it looks like others can now access their lists / scores.

Update, 3:40 p.m. PT: ESPN has confirmed that the service is restored. Here is a statement from the company:

“ESPN Fantasy is restored and we will continue to monitor. We have identified a backend data access issue and resolved it as quickly as possible. The issue did not impact team, league, or roster data. We sincerely apologize to all of ESPN’s fantasy users.

Users are not happy – including a american senator and an NBA player.

https://twitter.com/Joker8506/status/775059485572395008

ESPN calls its fantasy football product “the # 1 fantasy football game in the industry.” The sports media giant updated its ESPN Fantasy app for iOS and Android this year with a new design, visuals, animations, a home screen, and more.

Yahoo, ESPN’s main competitor in the fantasy football world, didn’t have many issues with its own fantasy football apps and website on Sunday.

The Fantasy Sports Trade Association estimated that nearly 58 million people in the United States and Canada participated in fantasy sports in 2015 – that number likely increased for 2016. An American Express study last year found that 74 , 7 million Americans planned to play fantasy football. The FSTA also estimates that the average gamer spends $ 556 per year on fantasy sports.

It’s unclear how many total ESPN Fantasy Football users there are this year, but ESPN had over 1.75 million drafted teams in a 28-hour fantasy football marathon in August.


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