ESPN Fantasy Football App, Where Art Thou?

by: Ian SherwinAugust 20, 2011

ESPN Fantasy Football is one of the largest, if not the largest, among the fantasy football sites on the Web. Millions of people join leagues daily, and most of those people are obsessed to the point of borderline legal insanity.

Recently, I ran into problems with my Motorola DROID X, which caused me to not only get a new device but also to lose all of my backed up data. Luckily, the Android Market allows you to redownload apps, including paid ones, that you had already downloaded, for free. I was able to retrieve most of my paid apps, but one important app was missing–ESPN’s Fantasy Football app.

ESPN has acted, and continues to act, strangely towards its Fantasy Football user base that utilizes the Android operating system for mobile solutions. Yahoo and Huddle Hub already had free Fantasy Football apps out for a while. ESPN even had a free iOS app out for iPhone users. However, ESPN, up until the first few weeks of the NFL season last year, did not have an Android application for fantasy football users.

What I never understood was why ESPN would give away a virtually identical application to iOS users, but charge Android users US$4.99. It makes no sense to me other than that of a humongous number of Android users of the app. Because there are more Android users, it makes sense for ESPN to make a huge profit from charging for this app, especially since they know fantasy football players are fanatical.

As if that was the only strange thing, another strange thing has occurred recently: the ESPN Fantasy Football app for Android is completely missing from the Android Market. I checked Amazon’s App Store as well, but it’s missing from there, too. Where did it go? I tried to redownload it on my new phone, but it’s MIA.

Fantasy football users want access and the ability to manipulate their team 24 hours a day, especially on gameday. A last-minute roster move can spell the difference between losing one week, versus winning.

Fantasy Football users want their application back. The clock is ticking! ESPN, what’s the deal?

  • I’ve contacted ESPN, they will be releasing a 2011 app which we will pay for again( What’s bad is they will probably make it free two or three weeks into the season again). You should be able to find the 2010 app by going to the android market, hitting menu, then my apps. Any app you purchase will never leave that. It goes with your Google account.

    Edit: It has been removed from the market as you stated, so we must be close to getting it, since apple has had it for almost two weeks now.

    • cjonesin20

      Do you have the email from them stating this? I just emailed them and waiting on response.

      • JB

        the 2011 app is in the market now… FOR FREE!!!

  • Anonymous

    How do you play college fantasy football? does it an all new way

  • Guest

    This was the same last year… it diddnt come out til right at the very last minute… Its kind of annoying but what can ya do. Last year the ios version was not free. It was the same price as the android version as I had many friends with both. I imagine once its out there is a good chance it will be free this year too.. if not well I’m still gonna pay the 5 bucks as I am hundreds into fantasy leagues :)

    • Guest

      also Ive had the apps the past 3 years… the app always disappears from the market/app store and they make a new one… thats why its called ESPN FFL10′. I always assumed they did this to make you re download the “new” version so you would have to pay for it year after year.

  • jtpick

    ESPN needs to stop being retarded and just make the damn app. If they made it for apple already it can’t be that hard to get it our for droid. They need to stop being lazy and help the customers get what they want. ESPN is making be do a and other fantasy leagues because they actually come out with a fantasy app for there sites in a reasonable time.

  • Jeff Bair

    Its officialy available! !!!!!

  • i found it!!!!! thx espn!!!

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