Yahoo! Sports Issues Apology

Why fantasy owners were freaking out Sunday after a giant server crash.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

Most of us play fantasy football. In fact, millions of us do. Suffice to say there are millions to be made. Out of all the hot shot fantasy hosts online, Yahoo! Sports has built a reputation over the years of being one of the best. That reputation took a hit Sunday.

Fantasy owners world wide were running frantic as most weren't allowed to make roster changes on the day they need to make them most: Sunday.

Head of Yahoo! Sports Ken Fuchs issued this official apology…er, 'service announcement,' to  owners Monday morning:

Dear Yahoo! Fantasy Users,

I want to sincerely apologize to all of you about today's Yahoo! Sports Fantasy outage. As the head of Yahoo! Sports and as a Yahoo! Sports fantasy player myself, I am disappointed that we failed all of our fans today. Our first priority is having the best experience for our users, and today we fell short.

The outage started around Noon ET (awful timing we know) and while our team was on it immediately we are still working on various pieces. Our team is continuing to work on identifying and resolving the root cause. We have restored full functionality on the website, and we're working for a final fix for our mobile apps. Currently data and scores can be viewed but for now you cannot make transactions or change line-ups from the apps.

We will also use today as an opportunity to improve our set-up so that we hopefully never have an outage like this again. Our fantasy commissioners and players are our biggest priority – we pride ourselves in being able to offer our users with the best fantasy sports experience possible and we take our job to deliver that to you very seriously. Rest assured we will work hard to make sure we continue to deliver on that commitment.

Thanks for playing with us and your patience today,

Ken Fuchs
Head of Yahoo! Sports

Personally I'll still be loyal to Yahoo! Sports for my fantasy leagues. Then again, I set my lineups five days in advance.

Josh Helmuth is the editor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JHelmuth or subscribe at

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