On one of the biggest sports days of the year, the self-appointed “worldwide leader in sports” fell noticeably behind. The ESPN fantasy football website and corresponding app experienced technical difficulties on Opening Sunday, preventing users from accessing their team’s stats for a few hours.
Around kickoff of the 1 pm E.T. games, users first started reporting issues, prompting ESPN to send out the following tweet:
We are aware of the current technical difficulties. We apologize for the inconvenience & are working to resolve the issue ASAP.
The outage lasted for some into the 4 p.m. slate of games, a serious issue if you are one of those last minute lineup adjusters. For others, the outage may have proved to be a blessing in disguise if their opponent forgot to start Dan Bailey. The issue was cleared up the 6 pm hour with the cause of the outage being blamed on database error.