Fantasy football participants venturing to Yahoo! for some last-minute lineup tweaks or anything else were hit with a rude awakening on Sunday, as the site's fantasy football servers were down just prior to the morning games.
UPDATE: Monday, November 12 at 8:38 a.m. ET
Yahoo! Sports sent an service announcement e-mail to fantasy participants regarding Sunday's server issues:
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,
Head of Yahoo! Sports
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Obviously, this was an inopportune time for Yahoo! to experience difficulty, as this tweeter points out:
Yahoo fantasy football isn't working today! I can't believe it....there is really only about 1 day u have to work right, and it's down!!!— Deano (@Bronco_Time) November 11, 2012
The site appears to be getting back online as we move on, which is certainly a good thing, but the damage has been done.
Eight games kicked off at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. That is 16 teams' worth of fantasy options that Yahoo! participants did not get the option of adjusting and tweaking.
This is especially painful for fantasy players like me, who typically wait until the last second to set a lineup for the week.
This is going to present some serious problems going forward. There is often much more than just bragging rights riding on fantasy football, and now there is a whole week's worth of results that will have giant asterisks.
This tweeter presents a solid option for a bad situation.
Because of their screwup, Yahoo fantasy football should give every team credit for optimal lineup...— Dwayne Morrow (@ddmjr) November 11, 2012
That option still does nothing to address the fact that there were undoubtedly plenty of users looking to make last-second waiver-wire adds.
There will be plenty more to this story as it unfolds. Stay tuned.