Just weeks after ESPN ran a 28-hour marathon publicizing their new fantasy football app, the app was not working as the NFL started on Sunday, September 11.
Users received an error message reading: “There was an error while trying to reach Fantasy Football. Please try again.”
ESPN issued a statement noting they were working on fixing it, but the app stayed down for over four hours. It started working again during the afternoon slate of games.
Fans wishing to check how their fantasy team was doing could access their matchup by using the desktop version in the midst of the app being down.
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In a recent press release, ESPN described the updates to the new app which covers all sports including football:
The new ESPN Fantasy app updates the No. 1 ESPN Fantasy Football app on iPhone, iPad, Android phone, and Android 7-inch tablets and allows users to play Fantasy Football, Baseball, Basketball, and Hockey in the same application for the first time ever. Major enhancements this year include a brand new design and visuals that feature new game logos, player headshots, sticker packs, and animations; award-winning fantasy analysis and video accessible right from the app’s home screen; improved draft and live scoring features; and personalized notifications tailored to users’ rosters. The free-to-download app makes it easy for users to sign up, create or join a league, customize their league, draft, make trades, add players, follow their matchups with real-time scoring, view expert analysis and video, and view and post messages to other league members.”
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