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And Then, Fantasy Football Returned. [Sep. 4th, 2005|03:15 pm]
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Check out this email that I received this morning from ESPN after I torpedoed my leagues:


"ESPN.com Fantasy Games" <espnnews@espn.go.com>
Subject: More Live Draft Slots Available
Date: 4 Sep 2005 10:10:39 -0700


You recently received an email letting you know about your
league's change in draft type. While we anticipated a lot of
people taking advantage of our free fantasy football, we didn't
anticipate just how popular it would be, with more leagues
being added every day.

This email is to let you know you once again have an
opportunity to use ESPN's Live Draft.

We've been working around the clock and are now able to open
more room for Live Drafts ? but it's limited to between the
time you receive this and Saturday, September 17, on a
first-come, first-served basis. Remember, each team in your
league must have an owner by the time of your Live Draft or
your draft will be reset for a future date - so tell your
friends, and fill your league!


Our goal has always been for this to be your best season of
fantasy football ever. And that goal is not changing.


Chris Nicholas
ESPN Fantasy Sports


Basically, Chris Nicholas apologizes for ESPN and gives their free leagues back what had been advertised. The ESPN people realized that they made a huge mistake.

In turn, I also realize today that I made a huge mistake with the quick decision to torpedo my leagues.

I am sorry.

It was more than just a game, to me. It was a chance to share a fun style of play that I had enjoyed for a handful of years in the ESPN universe. I just wanted to have fun with you guys.


[User Picture]From: chromemolly
2005-09-04 08:02 pm (UTC)
We sell our fantasy content to ESPN (and Yahoo, CBS Sportsline, etc.) and we've always felt the folks at ESPN had their wits about them. I'm curious to know what (in your opinion) differentiates ESPN's fantasy offerings from its competitors (Yahoo, etc.) and what you look for in a league hosting solution.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-09-04 08:23 pm (UTC)
The number of options to free ESPN customized league play outnumber Yahoo!'s free leagues.

The live draft applet is actually better on Yahoo!, but it doesn't offer the amount of detail for fantasy football junkies like ESPN does.

ESPN has had this customized style that people are now able to enjoy for free, but before this year, you had to pay for this style.

What I look for in a league hosting solution . . . play for free. No fantasy game is ever worth that much money. If the prices were put under the cost of a video game (the closest similar option to fantasy football), then I'd do it. It would have to be a pretty good deal to do it, however, as cheap as can be.

As for free, that is always the best price, since free leagues allow for anyone to sign up and enjoy.

In terms of more things I look for in hosting solutions, I prefer as many options as possible for play. In other words, if I could field offensive guards, I would, which I haven't witnessed yet. Any stat that is kept on NFL.com, ESPN.com, STATS, INC., or any of the sporting press organizations in their box scores, that is what needs to be available for customized game play.

I prefer live draft applets, and I prefer a wealth of start times for their applets. In this case, every provider is guilty of not having enough server space to conduct live applet drafts.

In terms of the best one, after Yahoo!, ESPN's has been good, albeit a little buggy in the past. This year's applet was supposed to be far better in construction, but before the company went out and got more server space (as of today's re-offer), the message boards were littered with overloaded applets and other issues of general slowness and errors.

AOL, by the way, is the absolute worst place I've seen for fantasy action. The live draft applet that I witnessed basically slowed to nothing, would skip people in picks while booting them out of the applet, and had a permanent runtime error in which I couldn't load my pre-rankings. Just the pre-rank feature in AOL was horrible, as it would slow down to speeds of updating and saving to that of a 20-some-K dialup speed.
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