A recent study found that 22.3 million American workers spend at least an hour at work each week on their fantasy football teams. Calculating the wages paid to American workers, it costs a whopping $6.5 billion each year over a 15-week season.
So you can see why fans were upset when Yahoo’s fantasy football service suffered an outage—just as Sunday NFL games were kicking off. Fans took to Twitter to voice their displeasure, and Mashable called it an “epic fail.”
Ken Fuchs, head of Yahoo Sports, sent a mass email to all players yesterday:
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.